March 1, 2017






APP's room block is open at Sadie's by the Sea Resort for the 104th Annual Conference in American Samoa on July 17-20, where attendees will learn about current port industry trends and topics, find out what's new at other ports, and enjoy the the amazing scenery of American Samoa. See below for more details. 


And be sure to mark your calendars for our May 5th fly-in, fly-out seminar: "Navigating Legal and Ethical Challenges at Modern Ports." See details below. 


Read on to learn about the Port Portland regaining control of Terminal 6, the Port of Newport's Director of Operations vacancy, and other Pacific port news.


Room block opens for 104th Annual Conference in American Samoa


Mark your calendars now to join us on July 17-20, 2017 for APP's 104th Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of Pago Pago, Department of Port Administration, American Samoa Government. home valuable information that will benefit your port or business. There will be plentiful networking time to learn what's new and build stronger partnerships with your Pacific port colleagues. Your companion is welcome to join you in beautiful American Samoa.

Our hotel room block is now open at Sadie's by the Sea Resort, a full service beachfront hotel, which offers amazing views of Pago Pago Harbor. Reserve your room today! Here are the details:

Sadie's by the Sea
Pago, Pago, American Samoa
(684) 633-5900

APP Annual Conference room block rates:
Standard Room $120 plus taxes
Deluxe King Room $140 plus taxes
All rooms are ocean view.

Our room block offers the above rates from July 14 - July 21, 2017 plus rates will be honored for 4 days before and after these dates, subject to space availability.

You can make hotel reservations by either calling the hotel directly at 684-633-5900 or via email at

To receive the room block rates, you must mention Association of Pacific Ports (APP). Reservations can be cancelled up to 48 hours in advance without penalty. After that, there is a one night cancellation fee. Our room block cut-off is on June 15, 2017.

Note: American Samoa only has flights on and off the island on Fridays and Mondays via Hawaiian Airlines.

Stay tuned to for a link to online registration and additional conference information, coming soon!


Port of Portland to regain control of Terminal 6 container terminal Oregon, Inc. and the Port of Portland, Oregon USA have mutually agreed to terminate a 25-year lease agreement to operate the container facility at the Port's Terminal 6. The agreement allows ICTSI Oregon to be relieved of its long-term lease obligations effective March 31, 2017, pending approval by the Port Commission. In exchange, the Port will receive $11.45 million in compensation to rebuild business, as well as additional container handling equipment, spare parts and tools at the terminal.


"Small businesses, farmers, agricultural producers, shippers and communities throughout the Columbia River region deserve and need a fully-functioning container terminal," said ICTSI Oregon CEO Elvis Ganda. "Hopefully, this agreement with the Port will make it possible for business to return to the terminal more quickly. However, ICTSI Oregon will continue to address the labor issues that gave rise to its decision to enter into this agreement and will pursue its legal claims against the ILWU."

"This is the best opportunity to launch a new strategy to restore carrier service for Oregon and Northwest shippers," said Bill Wyatt, Port executive director. "While the global carrier industry continues to undergo rapid change, we now have a new path to redefine our future in this business and launch new strategies to bring the terminal back to life." 


Wyatt continued, "I also want to thank Governor Kate Brown for her long-term engagement on shipper solutions. The trade and logistics initiative will be invaluable as we assess future options at Terminal 6, a process in which the Governor will be an integral player."


The Port signed a lease with ICTSI Oregon in 2010 to ensure a long-term funding mechanism for Oregon's only deep draft international container terminal. The Port will engage with a broad range of stakeholders including ocean carriers, shippers, railroads, truckers, barge operators, terminal operators and labor to create a new plan to bring business back to the terminal.




Friday is deadline for Port of Newport director of operations application 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 this Friday, March 3, 2017. 


For more information, please visit their website


May 5th APP seminar to focus on legal and ethics issues facing ports your calendars now for Cinco de Mayo

(Friday, May 5th) for APP's spring fly-in, fly-out seminar, 

"Navigating Legal and Ethical Challenges at Modern Ports," at the Portland International Airport Conference Center.

This special seminar will appeal to your port's executive staff, commissioners, and legal experts by focusing on topics from human resources problems, the latest cyber security considerations, public and media relations, laws surrounding public officials, promotional hosting and travel spending, and much more!

There will also be plentiful time to learn what's new at other ports and network with colleagues - all in beautiful Portland! 

Stay tuned to for more information, coming very soon.


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

May 5, 2017

APP Fall Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar:
"Navigating Legal and Ethical Challenges at Modern Ports"
Portland International Airport Conference Center 

More information coming soon!



 american samoa

July 17-20, 2017  

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

American Samoa




January 10-12, 2018

APP Winter Conference

Hosted by Hawaii Harbors Division




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


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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