The Pacific Current August 25, 2014

APP's 101st Annual Conference in Longview was a great success thanks to the expert speakers, generous sponsors, participants, and our host, the Port of Longview. Check out the details listed below -- including Annual Conference photos and PowerPoint presentations.  


Register today to join us in San Diego, California for our Fly-in Fly-out Seminar, "Land Use at Pacific Ports: Balancing Trade, Industrial, and Community Needs," on Thursday, November 6th. 


And read on for the latest APP news including commission changes, newly elected APP officers, and more!
Register Today for Land Use Seminar in San Diego
APP's 101st Annual Conference
APP People: Hueneme CEO named AAPA Chairman
Your Newly Elected APP Executive Committee
Mark Your Calendars for Winter Conference in Hawaii
Upcoming APP Events

APP Fly-In, Fly-Out Seminar

"Land Use at Pacific Ports: Balancing Trade, Industrial, and Community Needs"
Thursday, November 6, 2014
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Courtyard Marriott San Diego Old Town

San Diego, California USA


Register today for our upcoming November 6th Fly-In, Fly-Out Seminar,
"Land Use at Pacific Ports: Balancing Trade, Industrial, and Community Needs."


Please join us for a timely seminar on land use and real estate issues facing Pacific ports. With ports of all sizes controlling real estate near municipalities, find out how to balance your port's traditional trade and transportation needs with the modern pressures of surrounding communities' needs and adjoining land uses. Learn how to maximize the value of port real estate, properly develop and manage properties, and when it makes sense to work with municipalities for revenue generation of non-traditional port uses for both short and long term.


Hear firsthand perspectives from key port leaders and industry experts, learn what's new at other ports, and network with colleagues -- all in sunny San Diego, California!


The seminar begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Old Town San Diego, conveniently located near the San Diego International Airport (complimentary shuttle service provided), so you can easily fly in and out of San Diego that same day. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Registration is only $195 for APP members!


Click here to register today!


Delegates from ports and port-related businesses throughout the Pacific joined together in Longview, Washington USA last month and were inspired by a diverse lineup of informative expert speakers at APP's 101st Annual Conference, graciously hosted by the Port of Longview. 


The event was filled with valuable port industry briefings, excellent networking opportunities, delicious meals, entertaining events, and informative tours of the Port of Longview, the Port of St. Helens, and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Delegates discussed recent successes and challenges at ports and built stronger partnerships with port leaders throughout the Pacific.

Click here to view PowerPoint presentations.

Click here to view photos.


Special thanks to host, Port of Longview, and to outstanding guest speakers:

  • Peter Friedmann, Government Relations, Lindsay Hart, Washington, D.C.
  • Capt. Robert Loken, Director of Port Infrastructure Development, US DOT Maritime Administration
  • Anne Landstrom, Principal Advisor, Moffatt & Nichol
  • Paul Sorensen, Principal, BST Associates
  • Mike Hogan, Environmental Analyst, Port of Bellingham
  • Paul Sclafani, Technical Lead, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Brian Mannelly, Ports & Marine Senior Planner, AECOM
  • Jeannie Beckett, Principal, The Beckett Group
  • Dick Ford, Former Director of the Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center
  • Larry Patella, Executive Director, Western Dredging Association
  • Shannon Kinsella, Waterfront Director, Reid Middleton
  • Tyler Kimberley, President, IMCO Construction
  • Brett Hines, Senior Projects Manager, IMCO Construction
  • Chun-Tse Lin, Taiwan International Ports Corporation
Special thanks to our Annual Conference sponsors:



The Port of Hueneme, California USA announced that CEO and port director Kristin Decas has been elected by the board of directors of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) as the incoming chair for AAPA's 2014-2015 activity year. Ms. Decas will take office at the conclusion of the AAPA's annual convention in Houston in November.
"I feel very privileged to serve as AAPA's next chairman of the board and am thankful for the opportunity," said Ms. Decas. "I very much look forward to working with all of my maritime colleagues on important and timely initiatives, including the re-authorization of the nation's transportation act, advancement of maritime policy, infrastructure and economic development initiatives, and outreach and communication strategies."

Ms. Decas took over as the Port of Hueneme's CEO in February 2012. In 2013, the port marked its most active trade year since its inception in 1937, achieving the strongest fiscal numbers in its 75-year history.  Today, Port of Hueneme-related activities generate $1 billion in annual economic impact and create more than 10,200 direct, indirect, induced, and influenced jobs.

Recognized for her impressive work in promoting economic development through international trade promotion, and for her service on scores of federal-level shipping and port committees, Ms. Decas recently was awarded high-profile appointments by the U.S. Department of Transportation to both the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) and the U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC).

Congratulations, Kristin!


Last month at the 101st Annual Conference, the APP Board of Directors last month unanimously elected APP's Executive Committee for 2014-15 including:

President: Tai-Hsin Lee, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
First Vice President: Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme, California USA
Second Vice President: Elizabeth Blanchard, Port of Stockton, California USA
Third Vice President: Claire Poumele, American Samoa Dept. of Port Administration, American Samoa
Past President: Bob Bagaason, Port of Longview, Washington USA

Regional Representatives:
Kuo-Ming Chang, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan

Dick Dodge, Port of Redwood City, California USA
Timothy Kernaghan, Port Authority of Guam, Guam
Robert Larson, Port of Benton, Washington USA
Kim B. Puzey, Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA

At Large Representative:

Patrick Trapp, Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA


Congratulations and thanks for serving on the APP Executive Committee!  


kauai marriott

Mark your calendars for APP's Winter Conference, held at the amazing Kauai Marriott Resort on January 14-16, 2015 -- Please note the Conference has been extended into a three-day event!

Stay tuned for more details!


Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  
Fly-in Fly-out Seminar
"Land Use at Pacific Ports: Balancing Trade, Industrial, and Community Needs" 
Courtyard Marriott Old Town San Diego
San Diego, California USA
Click here for more information! 



JANUARY 14-16, 2015
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division

Kauai, Hawaii   



Kaohsiung Logo SEPTEMBER 2015 
APP 102nd Annual Conference 
Hosted by Taiwan International Ports Corporation 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
HuenemeLogo JULY 2016
APP 103rd Annual Conference
ted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California USA

Please feel free to contact your APP staff with any questions, concerns, or requests:


Lisa Pomasl, Executive Director:  


Brian Wright, Operations Manager:  


Kersten Green, Administrative Assistant  


Telephone: 503.653.5868

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