The Pacific Current October 21, 2015
Register today to join us in amazing San Francisco, California for our Fly-in Fly-out Seminar, "Paying for Progress: Obtaining, Developing, and Managing Grants for Pacific Ports of All Sizes," on Monday, November 16th. 
Be sure to act soon! Early registration ends October 26. See below for new information on guest speakers and additional event details.
And read on for a wrap-up of our amazing Annual Conference in Taiwan, the latest news on the recent APP Executive Committee election, and dredging to begin at the Port of Redwood City. 
Register Today for 11/16 Port Grants Seminar in San Francisco
Wrapping Up APP's 102nd Annual Conference in Taiwan
APP 2015-16 Executive Committee Elected
Dredging to Begin at Redwood City
Upcoming APP Events
APP Fly-In, Fly-Out Seminar
"Paying for Progress: Obtaining, Developing, and
Managing Grants for Pacific Ports of All Sizes"

Monday, November 16, 2015
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
San Francisco Airport Waterfront Marriott
San Francisco, California USA
Register today to secure the early registration discount for our upcoming November 16th Fly-In, Fly-Out Seminar, "Paying for Progress: Obtaining, Developing, and Managing Grants for Pacific Ports of All Sizes."

Registration is only $275 for APP members if you register by October 26!

Click here for more information and online registration.
Our timely seminar will focus on obtaining funding 
opportunities and obstacles facing Pacific ports. Find out how to secure grant funding by matching your port's needs with the economic growth needs of your region. Learn advanced grant writing strategies to successfully fund your Pacific port projects, and much more! There will also be plentiful time to learn what's new at other ports and network with colleagues - all in beautiful San Francisco, California! 

The seminar begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. -- close by the airport easily accessible via a convenient and complimentary hotel airport shuttle ride -- so you can easily fly in and out of San Francisco that same day.

Guest Speakers:
  • John Hummer, Director of Northern California Gateway, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • Jose Ometeotl, Consultant, Willdan Financial Services
  • Zaskia Ruiz-Jones, Project Manager, Willdan Financial Services
  • Andrew Ciocca, Vice President, Stern Brothers
  • Jeannie Beckett, Principal, The Beckett Group
  • Paul Sorensen, Principal, BST Associates (invited)
  • More to be announced!
Sponsorship Information:
Get valuable exposure for your business or port and simultaneously help support APP programs!

  • $500 Continental Breakfast Sponsorship - Sponsored by Port of Hueneme
  • $500 Networking Break Sponsorship 
  • $1000 Lunch and Networking Sponsorship
Our valued sponsors receive recognition with: 
  • Logos on the Seminar Poster & in the Seminar Program
  • Recognition in all newsletters and Seminar mailings prior to and after the Seminar
  • Option to include information or promotional items in Seminar bags and verbal recognition at the specific event being sponsored
  • Sponsorships of $1,000 and higher also receive podium time to speak to the attendees at the event being sponsored, if so desired.

Special thanks to our Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar sponsors so far:


AUGUST 16-19, 2015

Hosted by Taiwan International Ports Corporation
Grand Hi-Lai Hotel
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

APP's 102nd Annual Conference in amazing Kaohsiung, Taiwan on August 16-19 was an amazing event that attendees will never forget. Special thanks to our host and sponsor, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, and sponsors Port of Hueneme, Port of Stockton, Port of Long Beach, Port of Longview, Port of St. Helens, Port Authority of Guam, Port of Benton, and ALX Technology. 

Delegates took home valuable information to benefit their organizations. In addition to informative presentations, delegates and companions enjoyed a tour of the Kao Ming Container Terminal and a boat tour of the Port of Kaohsiung. Numerous networking opportunities included tours of the Hongmaogang Cultural Park, Kaohsiung City, Buddha Memorial Center, and a tour of Tainan City. 

Click here for PowerPoint presentations. 

Click here for photos. 

Special thanks to our 102nd Annual Conference Sponsors:

During the recent 102nd Annual Conference in Kaohsiung, the APP Board of Directors elected the 2015-16 APP Executive Committee. The newest member is At-Large Representative Randa Coniglio, President & CEO of the Port of San Diego, California USA. 
Welcome, Randa Coniglio!

Mary Anne Rooney, President - Port of Hueneme, California USA
Claire Poumele, First Vice President - American Samoa Port Authority
Elizabeth Blanchard, Second Vice President - Port of Stockton, California USA
Patrick Trapp, Third Vice President - Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
Tai-Hsin Lee, Past President - Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.

Regional Representatives:
Dick Dodge - Port of Redwood City, California USA
Tracy Egoscue - Port of Long Beach, California USA
Timothy Kernaghan - Port Authority of Guam
Bob Bagaason - Port of Longview, Washington USA
Robert Larson - Port of Benton, Washington USA
Representative - Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan

At-Large Representatives:
Kim B. Puzey - Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
Randa Coniglio - Port of San Diego, California USA

Two dredging projects will begin at the Port of Redwood City, California USA in November:

1) The US Army Corps of Engineers has a contract with RE Staite for channel operations and maintenance dredging. The $10.3 million will start Nov. 15 and will operate 24 hours a day. The dredging is expected to be completed by late January but is authorized to go through March 1.

2) The Port Commission recently approved a $1.5 million contract for ship berth operation and maintenance dredging at wharves 1-4 with The Dutra Group. The scope of work for this project includes dredging the berths to a design depth of -34' MLLW. It will begin November 10 and finish December 1.

The channel dredging will restore the channel to its authorized depth of minus 30 feet for the first time since 2009. The larger Panamax ships bringing construction materials to the Port have deeper drafts. Maintaining the channel at its fully authorized depth is critically important to increase the transpiration efficiency of these bigger ships. Also, deeper drafts for these ships mean they can make a few less Port calls and still provide the same amount of construction materials. This lowers the air emissions in the Bay Area from these ships and the tugs that dock them in Redwood City.

The ship berth dredging will be completed before the channel dredging. The berths are maintained at deeper depth, minus 34 feet, than the channel in order to provide better maneuverability for the vessels at dockside.

The port's tonnage has been steadily increasing since 2009, averaging 1,750,150 tons the past two years. The majority of imported cargo is construction materials to supply the many major construction projects, underway and planned for the Redwood City area and Silicon Valley. The majority of exported cargo is recycled metals.

The Port staff recently conducted a safety meeting for recreational sailing and rowing groups, which also included participation by the contractors, USACE, and U.S. Coast Guard.

The channel dredging will have two derrick barges, four or five scows, tug boats, anchor handling boats, crew boats, and survey and monitoring vessels. Recreational boaters are advised to stay at least 100 yards from the dredge barge and scow at all times during dredging operations. The dredges occupy the entire channel. The channel also will have anchor buoys and cables.

"This is one of the least glamorous, but most important jobs the Port has," said Port Commission Chairman Dick Clair.
Please save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP conferences and seminars:  

November 16, 2015
APP Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar
"Paying for Progress: Obtaining, Developing &
Managing Grants for Pacific Ports of All Sizes"
San Francisco Airport Waterfront Marriott
San Francisco, California

January 13-16, 2016  HawaiiDOT
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort
Big Island, Hawaii

July 2016
APP 103rd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California

Contact APP:

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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