January 31, 2017


Attendees at APP's 2017 Winter Conference on Maui were able to learn about current port industry trends and topics, find out what's new at other ports, and enjoy the Maui sunshine. See below for details including photos and PowerPoint presentations. 


And be sure to read on to learn about the Port of Newport's Director of Operations job opening and our our newest Associate Member, PortRep Consulting!

Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming spring seminar, and be sure save July 17-20 for APP's 104th Annual Conference, hosted by the American Samoa Department of Port Administration!


Wrapping up APP's 2017 Winter Conference


APP's 2017 Winter Conference

January 11-13, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii 


Attendees at APP's 2017 Winter Conference on January 11-13 soaked up the Maui sun at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and learned from experts on timely port industry issues and trends such as legal issues, public private partnerships, technological advancements, economic forecasts, and much more. Our open "port report" forum allowed each port to talk about current issues. There was plenty of time to network with colleagues. 


Click here to view the conference program.


Click here for PowerPoint presentations.


Click here for photos.


Save the date!


Be sure to mark down July 17-20, 2017 in your calendar for APP's 104th Annual Conference in American Samoa.


Stay tuned for online registration, coming soon!


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The Port of Newport, Oregon USA seeks director of operations Port of Newport, Oregon, an exciting, diverse organization located on Yaquina Bay, is seeking a qualified and motivated professional to serve as Director of Operations. The Director of Operations is responsible for the overall direction and supervision of Port facilities and resources. These responsibilities include training and development of staff, implementation of procurements/contracts, project management and preventative maintenance. The position is a key member of the executive team and assists the General Manager and Board of Commissioners in carrying out the long term goals of the Port. The purpose of a Port District is for economic development - to promote industry, tourism, and job creation. Desirable attributes include prior knowledge of marine/port infrastructure and Oregon state statutes, capability of networking in the community, expertise in computer/communication software/tools, public grants, and working with public boards. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess five years of broad and extensive experience in responsible project and general management including three years of supervisory experience and a bachelor's degree in engineering, construction and/or maintenance management or related field. The salary range is $69,992-$79,206. The application deadline is March 3, 2017. 


For more information, please visit their website




APP's newest associate member: PortRep Consulting is pleased to announce its newest associate member, PortRep Consulting Group LLC! Formerly a vice president at Terex Port Solutions and Gottwald Port Technology, Bob Histon is now offering consulting services to the port industry.


Mr. Histon has over 40 years of experience in the crane industry, ranging from product design and development, material handling, sales, service, and much more. Bob was successful in securing the business to design, supply, and deliver the first dual hoist container cranes in North America.


For more information, contact Bob at (813) 765-9363 or


Port of Longview sees tonnage surge in record-breaking year a record breaking cargo handling year, the Port of Longview, Washington USA moved more than 8.3 million metric tons of cargo across the dock in 2016 - the most cargo handled annually in the last three decades. 2016 saw a nearly 30 percent increase over the 6.4 million metric tons handled in 2015.

Pushing the Port over the 8 million mark was grain terminal EGT, LLC, which alone moved over 6 million metric tons of primarily wheat, soybeans and corn. This marks EGT's best year since coming on-line in 2012.

"This is precisely the tonnage outcome we were aiming for when EGT signed on at the Port of Longview," said Chief Executive Officer Norm Krehbiel. "EGT utilizes key infrastructure, such as the Port's dedicated Industrial Rail Corridor and our position on the deep-draft navigation channel, designed to efficiently move bulk commodities for the benefit of the entire region."

Although dry bulks made up the majority of the tonnage in 2016, the Port had a strong year in breakbulk as well. The resurgence of wind energy cargo, coupled with oversized project cargo made for a well-rounded year and demonstrated the Port's flexibility in cargo handling.

With a new year underway, cargo prospects for 2017 predict another successful at the Port of Longview. 


Congrats, Port of Longview for a prosperous 2016!


Changes to APP's Executive Committee

At our recent Winter Conference, the APP Board of Directors confirmed the following people to serve on the Executive Committee:


Mike Avent, commissioner at the Port of St. Helens, will replace Pat Trapp, who is retiring in April, as APP 3rd vice president. APP Regional representatives Maria Taitano and Tien-Kuei Kuo were officially confirmed to represent the Port Authority of Guam and Taiwan International Ports Corporation, respectively.


Here's 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: Mike Avent, 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

Maria Taitano, Port Authority of Guam

Tien-Kuei Kuo, Taiwan International Ports Corporation



Kim B. Puzey, Port of Umatilla, Oregon

Randa Coniglio, Port of San Diego, California





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

April or May 2017

APP Fall Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar:

More information coming soon!




 american samoa

July 17-20, 2017  

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

American Samoa





January 10-12, 2018

APP Winter Conference

Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division




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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