The Pacific Current September 30, 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. 


Be sure to act soon! Early registration ends October 16. See below for new information on guest speakers and additional event details.


And read on for the latest news on the newest APP Executive Committee Member and record numbers from the Port of Hueneme!


New Speakers Announced for Land Use Seminar
APP People: New Long Beach Commissioner & APP Exec. Committee Member
Hueneme Reports Record Year
Renewing APP Members
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 to secure the early registration discount for our upcoming November 6th Fly-In, Fly-Out Seminar, "Land Use at Pacific Ports: Balancing Trade, Industrial, and Community Needs." Registration is only $195 for APP members if you register by October 16!


Our timely seminar will focus 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 two newly confirmed speakers for the seminar:


Joel Valenzuela, Executive VP of Operations, Port of San Diego 

Mr. Valenzuela directs the operations, maintenance, and development of the Port's maritime facilities and infrastructure including the cargo and cruise terminals, public piers, wharves and docks and he has been named Director of Maritime Operations. Previously the Department Manager of Maritime Industry and Trade Relations, Joel is a certified Professional Port Manager, having completed extensive training through the American Association of Port Authorities. In addition to his career with the Port's Maritime Division, Mr. Valenzuela also served as a project analyst in the Port's Executive Offices. In this role, he prepared budgets and performed economic, financial and qualitative analyses of organizational issues. He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.



Lisa Loftus-Otway, Research Engineer/Scientist, University of Texas at Austin Center for Transportation Research  
Lisa Loftus-Otway is a Transportation Researcher with extensive experience in transportation law and policy, freight planning, public-private partnerships, and sustainable development. With expertise in land use conflicts surrounding port and freight issues, she participated in a focus panel providing advice to the Federal Rail Administration on land use around rail for the development of the National Rail Plan. Lisa is a registered attorney with degrees from University of Texas at Austin, the University of Nottingham, and London Guildhall University.   




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 if you sign up by October 16!


Click here to register today and to view the full roster of speakers!  


Environmental attorney and Long Beach resident Tracy Egoscue joined the Port of Long Beach, California USA Board of Harbor Commissioners on September 16 as the first Commissioner appointed by Mayor Robert Garcia. She was approved by the Long Beach City Council for a six-year term. Egoscue was also chosen by the Port of Long Beach to serve on the APP Executive Committee as a Regional Representative. 

Egoscue heads a Long Beach-based private law practice. Previously she was Executive Officer of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board - Los Angeles Region, and prior to that served as Executive Director of Santa Monica Baykeeper, an environmental advocacy group. She has also practiced environmental litigation as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, and worked on issues encompassing the Air Resources Board, the California Environmental Quality Act and the Federal Clean Water Act.

She is the 67th Long Beach Harbor Commissioner since the current structure was set in 1925, and the seventh woman to serve on the Board. Egoscue fills a seat vacated by the departure in July of Susan E. Anderson Wise, whose term ended. Wise is also an attorney.

"The Port is so important to the City. While its operations impact our community, we are also very proud of what the Port has done. The Port of Long Beach is a leader environmentally, not just nationally, but internationally, and I look forward to continuing that," Egoscue said. "I bring a perspective that I hope the Commission will find useful."

Egoscue serves on the Board of Directors of the California League of Conservation Voters and Mujeres de la Tierra, a nonprofit environmental justice organization. She received her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is also licensed to practice in Connecticut.   


Congratulations, Tracy, and welcome to APP!
HuenemeLogoThe Port of Hueneme, California USA experienced its highest international trade year in its 77-year history and its second highest year for domestic and international freight combined. The benchmark year included a 30% increase in auto exports. The total tonnage for the 2013-14 fiscal year came in at a strong 1,438,596 metric tons representing a less than 1% decrease from last year's all-time high.

Hueneme Port Commission President and APP First Vice President Mary Anne Rooney said, "The success of the Port ties directly to our community and strategic partners at the Port. Together we are creating jobs and building a better future for the citizens of the Port, the community and the region."

Strong growth in freight activity was seen in the Port's niche markets of automobiles, high and heavy cargoes, fresh produce, fertilizer, and domestic commodities. Automobile imports boasted a robust 7.1% increase over last fiscal year while exports exploded by 31% over 2013 scoring the second best year on record. A large percentage of the export increase was driven by more foreign manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Acura operating from new facilities within the United States and sending their U.S. manufactured autos to the Asian market.

Hueneme's banana imports remained strong at 655,589 metric tons. Other fresh fruits and vegetables handled by Port customers grew by 1.6%. According to Del Monte's Port manager Chuck Caulkins, "Del Monte continues to perform strongly for the Port and with the uptick in the economy we remain hopeful that the business climate in California will recognize the importance of international trade for job creation and economic development."

Other customers of the Port include Yara North America Inc, who manages the liquid bulk fertilizer and Air1 Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), a high purity solution of urea in water used to chemically reduce NOx emissions from trucks, buses and other units powered by diesel engines.

Port CEO and Executive Director Kristin Decas remarked on some of the core reasons for the Port's steady growth, "This year's cargo performance sets a new milestone for the Port. This achievement is driven by our customers and business development team. We're committed to continuing our partnerships and strategic planning to maximize the social and economic benefit the Port brings to our community and industries."

Congratulations, Port of Hueneme!


A special thanks to these APP port members for renewing their APP membership and dues:

Hawaii DOT Harbors Division-Oahu 

Nanaimo Port Authority
Port Authority of Guam
Port of Anchorage
Port of Astoria 

Port of Benton
Port of Grays Harbor
Port of Longview
Port of Morrow
Port of Newport
Port of Portland.
Port of St. Helens
Port of Umatilla


and also thanks to our recently-renewing APP associate members:

Capacity Marine Corporation
Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada
Eagle Rock Aggregates
FCS Group
IMCO General Construction, Inc.
Keco Inc.
Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp
Liftech Consultants
LYON Associates
McRoberts Maritime Security
Metro Ports
PND Engineers, Inc.
Reid Middleton Group
Saipan Stevedore Company, Inc.
Schrader Co. Sales, LLC
Terex Port Solutions
TY Lin International


We appreciate your continued membership and partnership in strengthening Pacific ports!   

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