The Pacific Current June 13, 2016
Early registration rates have been extended to June 17th for APP's 103rd Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of Hueneme, California USA on July 10-13. See below for details on confirmed speakers and additional details. 

Other news includes the Port of Guam accepting proposals on Gantry Crane technical support and new construction at the Port of Bellingham.

Read on for details!
Still Time to Register Early for Hueneme Annual Conference
Port of Guam Accepting Bids for Gantry Crane Technical Support
Port of Bellingham Begins Construction on Marine Trades Facility
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Early registration has been extended to this Friday, June 17th for APP's 103rd Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of Hueneme! Early registration is only $695 for APP members. After June 17th, rates increase by $100. 

Don't miss this chance to discover more about timely port industry issues and economic trends. Incredible speakers will inform and inspire you. Hear firsthand perspectives from key port industry leaders, learn what's new at other ports, and much more! Don't miss this opportunity to learn and enjoy plentiful networking with your Pacific port colleagues! 

Your companion is welcome to join APP delegates at no extra cost! 

Our room block is at the Port Hueneme Holiday Inn Express, a very modern and affordable hotel within walking distance of the Port. Because of its close proximity, our plenary sessions will be held in the Port of Hueneme's Conference Room. While most delegates will likely enjoy the walk, there will be shuttles available as well.

Don't miss out on these outstanding guest speakers confirmed for the 103rd Annual Conference:
  • Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr. - Maritime Administrator, US Dept. of Transporation, Maritime Administration
  • Jacqui Irwin - California Assemblymember
  • Capt. Charlene Downey - Commander, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Bruce Stenslie - President & CEO, Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County
  • Ruben Duran - Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP
  • Kristin Decas - CEO & Port Director, Port of Hueneme
  • Will Berg - Director of Marketing & Public Information, Oxnard Harbor District
  • Jack Chong-Gum - Director, Republic of the Marshall Islands Port Authority
  • Daniel Elroi - President & CEO, NorthSouth GIS LLC
  • David Bender, Managing Shareholder, Anderson Kill
  • Scott Brewer - Operations Deputy and Port Security Lead, Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Asymmetric Warfare
  • Kenneth Parkinson - Vice President, Transportation - Ports & Marine, AECOM
  • Moisés Woll - General Manager, Woll Corp
  • Representative from Taiwan International Ports Corporation
  • Sim Tang-Paradis - Vice President & Branch Manager, City National Bank
  • Dr. Tiffany Morse - Director of Career Education, Ventura County Office of Education
In addition to informative plenary sessions, the conference will include plentiful networking opportunities. Delegates and Companions will enjoy tours of the Port of Hueneme, Auto Processing Centers, Chiquita, Mission Produce, as well as the Maritime Museum. The optional golf networking outing is generously sponsored by the River Ridge Golf Course. Your companion is invited to join APP delegates for golf, breakfasts, and dinners. In addition, there are special tours with lunches especially for the companions! See the event page for more information. 

Be sure to save $100 by registering by this Friday, June 17th. Rates are only $695 for APP members! 

Sponsorships are still available for the 103rd Annual Conference. Get valuable exposure for your organization while supporting APP's programs. Sponsorships can be reserved during online registration (attendance is not necessary) or by contacting APP staff. Click here to learn more about our current 103rd Annual Conference sponsors. 

Our generous 103rd Annual Conference sponsors so far:



GuamLogoThe Port Authority of Guam has issued a Request for Proposal for Technical Support Services for Port Gantry Cranes. The closing date is Thursday, June 30 at 10:00 AM Chamorro Standard Time. For more information, please visit this following website:
Construction has started at the Port of Bellingham, Washington USA on a $10 million project to build a new manufacturing facility for local boat builder All American Marine on Bellingham's central waterfront.

To prepare the construction site for development, Whatcom County-based RAM Construction is relocating 46,000 cubic yards of clean soil from Hilton Avenue to the Cornwall Avenue Landfill site where it will be used as subgrade under a future waterfront park.

The Port will then begin construction on a 57,000 square foot marine trades facility allowing All American Marine to expand and hire additional employees. The cost of the manufacturing facility will be repaid through a new 25-year lease with the Port.

"We need a larger manufacturing facility and a larger workforce to meet customer requests for bigger vessels" said Matt Mullett, President and CEO of All American Marine. All American Marine plans to hire an additional 27 employees after the relocation from Fairhaven is complete.

Construction of the new facility is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2016.

The Port received funding support through Whatcom County's Economic Development Investment Program, a revolving loan and grant program designed to encourage the creation or retention of private sector jobs, to help pay for the relocation costs.

"Whatcom County's Economic Development Investment Program was critical to making this deal work" said Port Executive Director Rob Fix. "With funding support through the Economic Development Investment Program, the Port was able to make the infrastructure investments necessary to retain an important working waterfront employer and position the marine trades sector for growth over the next 25 years."

Marine trades industries have a vital role in providing family-wage jobs and boosting the local economy. According to an economic impact study of Port operations, marine trades tenant activity in Whatcom County supports over 2,600 direct jobs, $122 million in direct income and provides over $18 million in taxes.

All American Marine specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats and has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, excursion boats, and research vessels. All American Marine is the exclusive builder for Auckland, New Zealand based Teknicraft Design Ltd. catamarans in North America.

Congrats, Port of Bellingham and All American Marine!

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

July 10-13, 2016
103rd Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California

October/November 2016
APP Fall Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar

January 11-13, 2017
APP Winter Conference
Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Maui, Hawaii

Your 2015-16 APP Executive Committee:

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
Doug Drummond - 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

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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