The Pacific Current December 23, 2014
Happy Holidays from the Association of Pacific Ports!

Register today for our January 14-16, 2015 Winter Conference at the amazing Kauai Marriott Resort!

Register now!


See below for more Conference details including the full lineup of guest speakers, networking activities, companion activities, sponsorship opportunities and more! Also read on for news on Nanaimo Port Authority. 

Full Speaker Lineup Announced for Winter Conference
Remaining Sponsorship Opportunities
Companion Tours & Networking Activities at Winter Conference
Nanaimo Port Authority Appoints New Board Members, Prepares for Helicopter Charters
Upcoming APP Events
About Us

APP's 2015 Winter Conference
January 14-16, 2015
Kauai Marriott Resort
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 conference has been extended into a three-day event!

Once again, this year's conference will be held at the amazing Marriott Kauai Resort, an oceanfront 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). 

Here are four more examples of outstanding confirmed speakers:

Crescent Moegling, Northwest & Pacific Islands Navigation Manager, 
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Based out of Seattle, Washington, Crescent's NOAA region includes Washington, Oregon and the Pacific Islands. She has worked supporting NOAA's charting mission since 1998. Her career began as a field hydrographer aboard the NOAA Ship Whiting. She later managed hydrographic survey contracts and data archive at headquarters, then later led a team of physical scientists at the Pacific Hydrographic Branch. Her expertise in all aspects of nautical chartings brings a unique technical perspective to stakeholders in her region. Crescent holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from University of Maryland College Park, a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and is a 2006 Graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership's Leadership Development Program. Crescent will discuss important progress and changes in NOAA's navigation work relating to ports.

Jeet Manhas, Chairman, Board of Directors,
Nanaimo Port Authority, British Columbia, Canada

Jeet has served as a Director of the Nanaimo Port Authority since 2010. In addition to being a prominent Nanaimo businessman, a former Nanaimo City Councillor and a former Director of the Regional District of Nanaimo, Chairman Manhas also sits on the Board of the Vancouver Island University Foundation and is a Past President of the Oceanside Rotary Club. 
Jeet will discuss NPA's efforts to increase container business and improve its maritime infrastructure.

Eric Winters, Rail Group Manager,
T.Y. Lin International

Eric has more than 20 years of experience in program management, project management, design and the construction of railroad and civil engineering projects involving mainline, siding, yards and industry tracks including bulk loading/unloading and intermodal facilities. Along with his private and public engineering background, Eric also has special expertise in CADD drafting, plan set preparation, and technical and specification writing. He has excellent working relationships with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Bernardino Association of Governments (SANBAG), the Ports of Long Beach, Portland, and Grays Harbor, and numerous other cities and agencies in Oregon and Washington. Eric graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and has been a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) since 1997. Eric's presentation will focus on the future of rail infrastructure at ports.

Greg Wirtz, President,
Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada

In his role as CLIA-NWC president, Greg heads a Vancouver-based team that undertakes government and industry relations on behalf of the member cruise lines, and advances partnerships in communities involved with cruise tourism development. He guides the development of economic and environmental initiatives related to the cruise industry. He also oversees passenger security operations for the cruise lines operating in Vancouver. An industry veteran, Greg Wirtz brings more than 20 years experience in marketing, planning and trade development to CLIA-NWC. Prior to joining the Association he led the marketing and cruise operations for Port Metro Vancouver, Canada's largest cruise home port. Greg will talk about how ports can increase cruise business and new trends in the industry.

These highlighted speakers will join the the following outstanding guests to educate Winter Conference attendees:

Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas, Commander, United States Coast Guard District Fourteen
--The Admiral will address current security challenges facing Pacific ports

Richard Price, Program Manager, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
--Richard will review lessons learned in Washington state regarding new stormwater permitting and how this relates to upcoming regulations in California

Jim Lyon, CEO, LYON Associates
--Jim will make an eye-opening presentation on sea level rise, its effect on island communities, and what's being done about it

Tom Spear, Owner & Partner, Schrader Co. Sales
--Tom will educate how ports can restore and protect existing wood, concrete and steel piles

Jim Reed, Principal, Cardno TEC
--Jim's presentation will focus on why and how ports should prioritize infrastructure investments 

Eric Wareham, Aquatic and Government Relations Director, Western Wood Preservers Institute
--Eric will address new U.S. federal and state restrictions regarding the usage of preserved wood and what this means for Pacific ports

Ken Schoolland, Associate Professor of Economics, Hawaii Pacific University (invited)
--Professor Schoolland will offer his controversial views on the Jones Act

Brigadier General Jeffrey Milhorn, Commanding General, Pacific Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (invited)
--The General will discuss key projects and partnership opportunities between the Corps and Pacific ports

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 also include optional golf at Kauai Lagoons (RSVP and additional fees apply). Due to high demand, our chartered fishing trip is already full! Please contact APP staff to be added to a waiting list if interested.

At the conclusion of the conference, we will be giving away door prizes including a Lady Washington model replica! This amazing natural wood model is a replica of the ship that became the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America in 1788. The door prize has been generously donated by the 

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. Scroll down for more information. 

See you in Hawaii!

Promote your organization while helping support APP!

Our valued sponsors receive recognition with:  

- Logos on the Conference Poster & in the Conference Program
- Recognition in all newsletters and Conference mailings prior to and after the Conference
- Verbal recognition at the specific event being sponsored
- Sponsorships of $1,500 and higher also receive podium time to say a few words to the attendees at the
  event being sponsored, if so desired. 

We have numerous fantastic sponsorship opportunities to choose from:

$3,000 - Welcome Reception, Dinner, and Bar for Everyone, 1/14 - Sponsored by Port of Stockton
$2,000 - Closing Dinner for Everyone, 1/16 - Sponsored by Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.
$2,000 - Fishing Networking Outing, 1/14 - Sponsored by EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
$1,500 - Luncheon for Delegates, 1/15 - Sponsored by Lyon Associates
$1,500 - Luncheon for Delegates, 1/16 - Sponsored by Matson Navigation Company
$1,000 - Welcome Reception Entertainment for Everyone, 1/14
$1,000 - Closing Dinner Entertainment for Everyone, 1/16 - Sponsored by Port of Hueneme
$1,000 - Breakfast for Everyone, 1/15 - Sponsored by Port of St. Helens
$1,000 - Breakfast for Everyone, 1/16
$1,000 - Bar at Closing Dinner for Everyone, 1/16
$1,000 - Golf Networking Outing, 1/14
$  750 - Companion Tour and Lunch, 1/16
$  500 - Morning Networking Break & Refreshments for Delegates, 1/15 - Sponsored by Reid Middleton
$  500 - Morning Networking Break & Refreshments for Delegates, 1/16
$  500 - Afternoon Networking Break & Refreshments for Delegates, 1/16

Sponsorships can be confirmed during online registration or by calling us at (503) 653-5868.

A special thanks to our confirmed sponsors so far:

In addition to the informative and exciting activities that are scheduled for the January 14-16th Winter Conference at the Kauai Marriott Resort, delegates and companions can enjoy other optional activities.  


The chartered fishing trip is full (please contact APP staff to be added to a waiting list if interested), but space remains for the optional golf networking outing ($100 fee per player applies, RSVP required) on Wednesday, January 14th. It will be held at the amazing Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons. The course sits in a secluded southwest corner of the island of Kauai, conveniently located on-site at the Marriott Resort. Once at the course, players will discover that the famed Kiele has a sense of style uniquely its own. Its fairways weave through mango and guava tree forests, along imposing ocean cliffs and promontories high above the harbor, among some forty acres of fresh water lagoons. It is said that when legendary golfer and architect Jack Nicklaus first created the original Kiele Course in the late 1980s, the terrain lent itself so well to his vision that he made but a single change to his original design. In 2011, Jack Nicklaus was again called upon, this time to redesign Kiele's back nine. Included in the redesign is a new ocean hole that is now the centerpiece of what is the longest stretch of continuous ocean holes of any course in Hawaii: four fabulous holes providing over 1/2 mile of unobstructed oceanfront golf.

Click here for more information on Kauai Lagoons Golf Club.


Companions will have the option on Friday, January 16th of a special tour with lunch of the Kauai Museum. Located in a lava rock structure in Lihue, the Kauai Museum features amazing collections from the artisans of Kauai and Niihau (a small eastern island part of Kauai county). Companions will learn about the geological formation of the Hawaiian Islands, early Native Hawaiian life, Captain Cook's arrival on Kauai's shores in Waimea and the Hawaiian Monarchy. The museum also features galleries showcasing the work of multi-cultural artists, sculptors and craftsmen.


Click here for more information on the Kauai Museum!


Nanaimo Port Logo 


The Nanaimo Port Authority, British Columbia, Canada recently welcomed three new members of the Board of Directors: Donna Hais, Moira Jenkins, and Chris Badger.


Hais, a former Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce chairwoman, and Jenkins, a commercial banker, have been appointed for three-year terms. Badger, recently retired after serving as Chief Operating Officer at Port Metro Vancouver, was appointed for two years.


In other news at NPA, a helicopter charter service between NPA and Vancouver harbour is expected to start in early 2015. Richmond, British Columbia-based Helijet, which currently provides medical transportation services and offers charters between Victoria, Vancouver International Airport, and Vancouver Harbour, will begin service in Nanaimo once clearance comes from Transport Canada.  


Congratulations, Nanaimo Port Authority and new members of the Board!





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 16-19, 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




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