The Pacific Current November 17, 2014
Registration is now open for our January 14-16, 2015 Winter Conference at the amazing Kauai Marriott Resort!

Early bird registrations will be entered into a drawing for one of two Amazon $50 gift cards! See details below.

Register today!


See below for more details on the Winter Conference as well as a wrap-up of our recent land use seminar and news at the Ports of Astoria, Bellingham, and Long Beach! 

Registration Open for Winter Conference in Hawaii
Wrapping Up APP's Land Use Seminar
Executive Leadership Changes at Long Beach
Astoria Welcomes Executive Director
Bellingham Close to Deal for Waterfront Development
Upcoming APP Events
About Us
APP's 2015 Winter Conference
January 14-16, 2015
Kauai Marriott Resort
APP's 101st Annual Conference
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii

Click here to register online!
Don't miss this chance to discover more about timely port industry issues and economic trends. Incredible speakers will inform and inspire you with informative presentations. Hear firsthand perspectives from key port industry leaders, learn what's new at other ports, and network with colleagues -- all on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, a central location for APP members. This year's Winter Conference has been extended into a three-day event!
Register by Monday, December 1st to be entered into a drawing to win one of two Amazon $50 gift cards!

Click here to register online!

Once again, this year's conference will be held at the amazing Marriott Kauai Resort, an ocean front retreat situated on a relaxing cove. We have secured a discounted room rate for conference attendees, which includes free parking, internet, and complimentary airport shuttle service. You'll find additional information and the hotel room block link on our conference event page (link above). 

In addition to informative presentations, the Winter Conference will also include an optional tour of Nawiliwili Harbor to see working port facilities in action. Plentiful networking opportunities at this year's conference will include the choice between optional golf at Kauai Lagoons or a special chartered fishing trip! (RSVP and additional fees apply.)

Attendees will also enjoy warm weather and excellent meals. Your companion is welcome to join APP delegates at no extra cost for meals and a special companion tour with lunch on Friday. RSVP and extra fee required for anyone participating in our golf or fishing networking outing.

Click here to register online!

APP Fly-In, Fly-Out Seminar
"Land Use at Pacific Ports: Balancing Trade, Industrial, and Community Needs"
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Courtyard Marriott San Diego Old Town

San Diego, California USA  


Our recent Fly-In, Fly-Out Seminar, "Land Use at Pacific Ports: Balancing Trade, Industrial, and Community Needs," was packed full of valuable information on land use and real estate issues facing Pacific ports. With ports of all sizes controlling real estate near municipalities, attendees learned how to balance their port's traditional trade and transportation needs with the modern pressures of the surrounding community's needs and adjoining land uses, how to maximize the value of port real estate, how to 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.

Click here for PowerPoint presentations!

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A special thanks to our expert guest speakers:

  • Randa Coniglio, Executive Vice President of Operations, Port of San Diego, California USA
    --Discussed the diverse real estate portfolio (including non-traditional port land uses) at the evolving
    Port of San Diego
  • Jack Hedge, Director of Real Estate, Port of Los Angeles
  • -- Discussed challenges & opportunities from the large real estate portfolio at the Port of Los Angeles
  • Joel Valenzuela, Executive VP of Operations, Port of San Diego, California USA
  • -- Discussed the preservation of cargo services and land use issues at the Port of San Diego
  • Lisa Loftus-Otway, Research Engineer/Scientist, University of Texas at Austin Center for Transportation Research
  • -- Discussed land use conflicts surrounding ports & communities and how to solve them
  • Kim B. Puzey, General Manager, Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
  • -- Discussed land use and real estate issues at rural ports

    The seminar closed with an open forum for attendees to discuss land use and real estate issues with their Pacific port colleagues.




The Port of Long Beach, California USA Board of Harbor Commissioners recently filled numerous key positions in executive leadership with four appointments to oversee Port operations.

Previous Acting Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer Noel Hacegaba, who has attended numerous APP events, is now the new Managing Director of Commercial Operations/Chief Commercial Officer. Hacegaba, who will oversee the new Commercial Operations Bureau, will be the main liaison to port customers. The bureau includes Business Development, Security Services, Tenant Services and Operations divisions. Before being appointed to acting deputy executive director in 2013, Hacegaba served as the executive officer to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners since 2010.

Duane Kenagy has been appointed to the newly created position of Capital Programs Executive to oversee the Port's capital improvement program and will report directly to the Chief Executive.


Also appointed to a newly created engineering leadership position is Diane Pierson, the new Director of Project Controls.


Betsy Christie, who recently served as Chief Financial Officer for container terminal company NYK Terminals from 2008 to 2013, has been appointed the new Director of Finance for the Port of Long Beach. 


Acting Assistant Managing Director of Engineering/Chief Harbor Engineer Sean Gamette will take on the role of Senior Director of Program Delivery/Chief Harbor Engineer.

Roger Wu, who was manager of Commercial Trade - Ocean Carriers, has been promoted to Assistant Director of Business Development, a new position. Wu has been with the Port of Long Beach since 2007, when he was hired as a marketing manager.

Senior Port Leasing Officer Eamonn Killeen is the new Assistant Director of Real Estate. Killeen, who began working with the port in 2002, replaces retiring Gail Wasil. 


Congratulations, Port of Long Beach staff!

The Port of Astoria, Oregon USA recently welcomed its new executive director, Jim Knight, to his new job. Knight met with staff and his Port customers to learn the issues at hand. He previously served as terminal manager for eight years at the Port of Olympia, Washington USA.

Congratulations, Jim and the Port of Astoria!

The Port of Bellingham, Washington USA is close to reaching a deal with an Irish development group Harcourt Developments to help rebuild Bellingham's waterfront as part of the Port of Bellingham Waterfront Redevelopment Project.

Port of Bellingham Environmental Analyst Mike Hogan gave a presentation on the project during the 101st Annual Conference in Longview. Click here to view his presentation.

Harcourt submitted one of four proposals received in July 2013 to be master developer for the 10.8 acre parcel that is adjacent to downtown Bellingham alongside the Whatcom Waterway and includes the Granary Building. The Port also received three development proposals for restoration and re-use of the Granary Building and project proposals for development of a hotel and for affordable housing.


Harcourt is a major international developer with extensive waterfront redevelopment experience in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and other parts of the world. A significant Harcourt project is the major redevelopment of a former shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Titanic Quarter). In the company's proposal, Harcourt noted that its core development group would be reinforced with local firm and advisors if chosen for the Bellingham project.


Since 2013 the Port has worked with local project partners to review all proposals, interview all potential developers and make a recommendation to the Commission. The selection of Harcourt Developments was the unanimous choice of the group. 



Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  


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

Kauai Marriott Resort
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii   



Fly-in Fly-out Seminar 
Portland International Airport (PDX) Conference Center
Portland, Oregon USA


AUGUST 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