September 28, 2016


New confirmed speakers have been announced for APP's November 3rd seminar in Portland, "Rail Transportation at Ports: Staying on Track for Safety, Efficiency, and Sustainability." Keep reading for more details!

Be sure to register by October 6 to sav
e $50!

And be sure to read on to learn about executive staff announcements at the Ports of Longview and Long Beach as well as our newest Associate Member, Haynes & Boone, LLP!


New confirmed speakers for PDX rail seminar, early registration ends 10/6


Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar:

"Rail Transportation at Ports: Staying on Track for Safety, Efficiency, and Sustainability"

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Portland International Airport Conference Center

Portland, Oregon USA


Join us in Portland on November 3rd for a special seminar on rail issues facing Pacific ports. Attendees will learn about utilizing the most effective rail connections with Class 1 rail carriers, shortline regional railroads, project feasibility issues, safety/disaster preparedness, and how ports can better partner with railroad companies. There will also be plentiful time to learn what's new at other ports and network with colleagues - all in beautiful Portland! 

Registration is only $275 for APP members, but increases by $50 after October 6, so be sure to register today!

The seminar begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. -- right in the airport terminal -- so you can easily fly in and out of Portland that same day.


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Early registration discount ends

next Thursday, 
October 6th!

Registration for this seminar is only $275 for APP members, but increases by $50 after October 6th. 


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Guest Speakers:

  • Healy, Senior Transportation Planner at Port of Portland, Port of Portland
  • Johan Hellman, Executive Director, Government Affairs, BNSF Railway Company
  • Kurt Reichelt, VP, Rail Program Manager, HDR
  • Chad Hawkins, Hazmat Rail Coordinator, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
  • Richard Price, Program Manager, EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., PBC
  • Wes Lujan, Vice President, Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad (invited)
  • Duke Rodley, Director of Railroad Operations, Coos Bay Rail Link (invited)
  • Gary Neal, General Manager, Port of Morrow, Oregon USA (invited)

Click here to learn more and register online!


Sponsorship Opportunities

  • $750 Continental Breakfast Sponsorship - Still Available
  • Lunch and Networking - Sponsored by BNSF Railway
  • Venue and Validated Parking - Sponsored by Port of Portland
  • Networking Break - Sponsored by HDR, Inc. 

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
  • Verbal recognition during the seminar

A special thanks to our sponsors so far:





APP People: Krehbiel begins tenure at Port of Longview as permanent CEO


Krehbiel served as Interim CEO since January this month, the Port of Longview, Washington Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed Norm Krehbiel to lead the Port of Longview as Chief Executive Officer. Krehbiel has served as the Interim CEO since January.

"While serving as Interim CEO, it was apparent that he was the clear choice to lead the Port of Longview into the future," said Commission President and APP Regional Representative Bob Bagaason. "Norm is well-respected by the staff and the community at large, and we are delighted he will lead the Port as our official CEO."

Krehbiel joined the Port in 1993 as the Director of Facilities and Engineering, managing the construction and maintenance of nearly 850 acres of infrastructure and property development.  In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Executive Director and later Chief Operating Officer before being named Interim CEO this year.

"This is an exciting step in my career and I thank the Board of Commissioners for their confidence in my ability to lead our organization," stated Krehbiel. "I am honored to be leading a team that is so strongly committed to the success of our Port and our community."

Krehbiel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. He is active in many industry industry-related organizations and serves on the local Public Facilities District Board. He resides in Longview with his wife Denise.


Congrats, Norm and the Port of Longview!




Haynes & Boone, LLP joins APP


We're excited to announce APP's newest Associate Member: Haynes and Boone, LLP!


Haynes and Boone, LLP is one of the American Lawyer top 100 law firms, with more than 575 lawyers in 15 offices and 40 major legal practices, including ports. They are among the largest firms based in the United States.

Haynes & Boone Partner David Bender speaking at APP's 103rd Annual Conference

Partner David Bender, a partner in the Litigation Practice Group in the Orange County office, recently gave a presentation on insurance recovery at the APP 103rd Annual Conference. His practice focuses on recovering his clients losses from their insurance companies and third parties who contributed to the loss and/or the third parties insurance companies. David has recovered losses sustained by his clients as a result of environmental contamination, property damage and business interruption, embezzlement, employment claims, construction defect and class actions. In addition to ports, his clients include hospitality companies, manufacturers, transportation companies, colleges and universities, hospitals, tax exempt entities, municipalities, airports and Affordable Housing Authorities.


For more information, please visit or contact David directly at or (949) 202-3037. 


Welcome to APP, Haynes and Boone, LLP!




APP People: Long Beach announces interim CEO


Duane Kenagy announced as interim CEO after John Slangerup's resignation


The Port of Long Beach, California Board of Harbor Commissioners announced last week the appointment of Duane Kenagy, P.E. as the Port of Long Beach's Interim Chief Executive Officer. The Port will search for a permanent leader in the wake of Jon Slangerup's surprise resignation earlier this month.


Kenagy has most recently served as the Port's Capital Programs Executive, overseeing nearly $4.5 billion in construction and improvement projects, the largest infrastructure investment of any port in the nation.


"The Board is extremely pleased to have Duane Kenagy serve as our Interim CEO. He is highly respected by all of the Commissioners, very well regarded in our industry, and well-liked by the Port staff. Duane will lead the Port of Long Beach on a steady path forward as the search begins for a permanent Chief Executive," said Lori Ann Guzmán, President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners.


Kenagy joined the Port in 2014 and has more than 35 years of engineering and design project management experience in the U.S. and overseas. He oversees the replacement of the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge and the redevelopment of the Middle Harbor Container Terminal, each budgeted at nearly $1.5 billion. Another $1 billion is budgeted for rail improvements to increase the movement of goods via rail. Prior to joining the Port, Kenagy worked for APP Associate Member Moffatt & Nichol, a premier engineering consulting firm operating in 35 offices in 7 countries, and was a key player in the Alameda Corridor rail project.


"I'm looking forward to working with the Board of Harbor Commissioners, our tenants and customers, and the talented team here at the Port of Long Beach to continue our strong tradition of service and innovation," Kenagy stated. "I am fully committed to helping this great organization transition to the new Chief Executive at the conclusion of the Board's search."


Kenagy and the Commission stated he would not be a candidate for permanent appointment as Chief Executive. 


On Sept. 8,  Chief Executive Officer Jon Slangerup, announced he is leaving the Port to become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of an aviation technology company based in Canada. Slangerup led the Port through significant congestion challenges to record-setting cargo numbers and brought several innovative initiatives and projects to Long Beach.


"Jon Slangerup leaves behind a legacy that has positioned us very well for the future," said Guzmán. "The Commission is confident that Duane Kenagy will continue to lead the Port on a trajectory of excellence moving forward."


The Board of Harbor Commissioners, whose members are appointed by the Mayor of Long Beach and confirmed by the City Council, is responsible for setting policy for the Port and managing the Harbor Department.


Annual Conference video presentations available for online viewing you missed our 103rd Annual Conference at the Port of Hueneme or wish you could revisit some of the excellent presentations, fear not! Below you'll find links to many of the presentations in HD video. Special thanks to videographer Art Shinn for capturing these presentations. 


For those of you new to APP, these videos will provide insight on the quality of APP's programming. This is a special treat that we don't typically offer, so we encourage your attendance!

port of huenemeThank you again to our 103rd Annual Conference sponsors


We couldn't have put together such a quality program without your support! 




Save these dates and plan to attend these upcoming APP events: 


port of portlandNovember 3, 2016

APP Fall Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar:

"Rail Transportation at Ports: Staying on Track for Safety, Efficiency, and Sustainability"

Portland International Airport Conference Center

Portland, Oregon USA




January 11-13, 2017

APP Winter Conference

Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Maui, Hawaii



american samoa

July 16-19, 2017  

104th Annual Conference
Hosted by American Samoa Department of Port Administration
Sadie's by the Sea Resort

American Samoa



Your 2016-17 APP Executive Committee:

President: Claire Poumele, American Samoa Department of Port Administration
1st Vice President: Elizabeth Blanchard, Port of Stockton, California

2nd Vice President: Ian Marr, Nanaimo Port Authority, BC

3rd Vice President: Patrick Trapp, Port of St. Helens, Oregon

Past President: Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme, California


Regional Representatives:

Robert Larson, Port of Benton, Washington

Robert Bagaason, Port of Longview, Washington

Richard Dodge, Port of Redwood City, California

Douglas Drummond, Port of Long Beach, California

Representative, Port Authority of Guam

Tai-Hsin Lee, Taiwan International Ports Corporation



Kim B. Puzey, Port of Umatilla, Oregon

Randa Coniglio, Port of San Diego, 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  




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