The Pacific Current September 12, 2014

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. 


See below for new information on guest speakers and additional event details.


And read on for the latest news on APP people and ports!
Speakers Announced for Land Use Seminar
APP People: Astoria Chooses New Executive Director
Port Alberni Releases Feasibility Study Results for Container Hub
Cruise Traffic Increases at Hualien
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 APP's 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!


Here are three examples of confirmed speakers for the seminar:


Randa Coniglio, Executive VP of Operations, Port of San Diego 

As Executive Vice President of Operations, Randa provides corporate oversight over the Engineering/Construction, Real Estate, Environmental & Land Use Management, Government & Civic Relations, Maritime and Marketing & Communications departments. She has been with the Port since April 2000, starting out in the Port's Real Estate Operations Department. Prior to the Port, she spent eight years handling a local portfolio of commercial investment properties for a Japanese firm, and five years in retail leasing and development. Coniglio holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.   


Jack Hedge, Director of Real Estate, Port of Los Angeles 

As Director of Real Estate at one of the leading container ports in the United States, Hedge is responsible for managing all real estate-related activities including lease negotiations, revenue generation from tenant lease agreements, day-to-day property management, preparation and analyses of proposed land uses, programs related to land acquisitions and dispositions, rental fee adjustments and maintenance of Port buildings and properties.  His team is responsible for all lease agreements including facilities for cargo handling (container, liquid bulk, dry bulk, breakbulk and automobile), cruise passengers, commercial fueling, commercial fishing, recreational marinas, hotels, and restaurants that generate approximately $400 million in annual revenue. The Port of Los Angeles is a landlord seaport, covering 7500 acres of land and water, with more than 300 leaseholders. Appointed to his current position in April 2012, Hedge has more than 15 years of experience in asset acquisition, development, operations and management, and finance in the port, energy and utility industries. Hedge previously served as the director of real estate and asset management for the Port of Tacoma, Wash. In Tacoma, he raised Port revenue-generated owned assets by nearly 30 percent during his first year as director. There, he was also responsible for all Port-owned real property, an annual budget in excess of $7 million and revenues in excess of $85 million per year. Hedge holds a bachelor's degree in international marketing from Texas A&M University.


Rachel Vandenberg, PE, National Director, Ports and Intermodal, Dewberry

With more than 25 years of experience providing strategic planning, engineering, and project management for multimodal transportation projects, Vandenberg's portfolio includes the management of technical and financial studies, environmental studies, design, and construction supervision of rail, freight, highway, and public transportation projects. She has managed relationships with a diverse client base that includes state departments of transportation, self-help counties, regional transportation and transit agencies, class-one railroads, cities, private operators and developers, and port authorities. Vandenberg is affiliated with the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association; serves as an executive board member for the California Transportation Foundation; is the Americas Vice Chair for the International Association of Ports and Harbors - Women's Council; and is a member of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) International. She has lectured and presented articles at several conferences around the world. Vandenberg earned her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in business administration, with a concentration in real estate and finance from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. She is a licensed professional engineer in California and Florida.   


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!  


The Port of Astoria, Oregon USA Commission unanimously chose Jim Knight as its new Executive Director. Knight, who will begin his new position in October, currently serves as Marine Terminal Director at the Port of Olympia, Washington USA.


He joined the Port of Olympia in 2006 as Marketing and Business Development Manager. Previously, Knight worked at Puget Sound businesses focused on marketing, business development, seafood processing and trucking.


Congratulations, Jim!

Port Alberni Port Authority, British Columbia, Canada (PAPA) recently announced the results of a much-anticipated feasibility study for the possibility of a new container shipment hub on Alberni Inlet to serve distribution centers primarily located along the banks of the Fraser River in Greater Vancouver via barging.

The study, the Port Alberni Transshipment Hub ("PATH") Feasibility Study, received matching funds from the Government of Canada under the Asia Pacific Gateway Canada Transportation Infrastructure Funding program (APGCI TIF) and a contribution from the Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

"The results of the study on every level exceeded our expectations of positive opportunity," stated PAPA President & CEO, Zoran Knezevic. Chair of the Board, Don Ferster, explains "that the study more than validates our initial belief that a new container transshipment port in the Alberni Inlet provides a number of opportunities to create economic value and resiliency throughout the Asia Pacific Canada Gateway."

The transshipment hub would save three days of travel time for large vessels and serve a catchment area stretching from Squamish to Tacoma, Washington. It could accommodate new Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) with a capacity of 22,000 TEU containers. Smaller barges would transport containers farther along the Juan de Fuca, Georgia Strait and Puget Sound corridors.

According to the PATH study the economic impact across the country could be over 288,000 full-time jobs and an increase of $21.3 billion to the national GDP.

Construction for the project would require a capital investment of $1.7 billion. If enough capital funding were found, it would take about six to eight years to develop.

Port of Hualien, Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) welcomed 137,728 visitors in the first half of 2014, a sixteen-fold increase from the same period in 2013.

The Port hosted a record-breaking eight cruise ship arrivals in May alone, bringing over 20,000 passengers to enjoy the city and the myriad enticements of Taiwan's Pacific Coast. The Hualien Harbor was recently dredged to a depth of 46 feet (14 meters) to allow 150,000 metric tons vessels to anchor.


According to the Taiwan Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), Keelung remains as the country's busiest cruise hub, with more than 330,000 passengers in the first half of 2014. Since its inception, TIPC has been working to improve basic port facilities and promote growth and opportunities in the cruise vacation sector  


Hualien is located on the rugged eastern coast of Taiwan. Millions of tourists are drawn to the area by famous sights as Taroko National Park.


Congratulations, Port of Hualien, TIPC!  

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

Your APP 2014-15 Executive Committee:  


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

Tracy Egoscue, Port of Long Beach, 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



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

Fax: 503.654.8259