The Pacific Current for June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 
More details have been announced for our July 15-18 105th Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of Stockton, California USA. See below for more details and registration links. 
Also featured are a wrap-up of APP’s recent intermodal seminar in Portland, updates at Ports Authority Tonga, and more. 
Register today to join us on July 15-18, 2018 for APP’s 105th Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of Stockton, California USA. Together, we are “Building Partnerships Throughout the Pacific.”

Take 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 Stockton. In addition to Conference events, you and your companion will enjoy informative tours of port facilities and historic sites.
This year’s conference will feature a boat tour to view working port facilities up close, special networking events such as a Stockton Ports Minor League Baseball game, golf, and much more!
Here are two examples of outstanding speakers you won’t want to miss:
Julie Minerva, Principal, Carpi & Clay, Inc.
Julie Minerva has experience in assisting local government navigate federal policy and funding opportunities with a focus on large water and transportation infrastructure investments. Her water infrastructure work covers all aspects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mission, including flood damage risk reduction, navigation, environmental restoration, shoreline protection and FUSRAP. She also has experience assisting clients with FEMA’s mapping process and the National Flood Insurance Program. At the national level she provided the Washington perspective from 2009 to 2010 on water resource issues as a monthly columnist for Floodplain Management and Liability Reporter. Julie is also active in the transportation community and devotes a great deal of time to assisting clients achieve their transportation priorities. She is coauthor of the New Starts Handbook – a guide for congressional staff navigating the Federal Transit Administration New Starts process – and provided extensive legislative research and analysis for a report on the Major Capital Project Pipeline for the American Public Transportation Association. Her broader work for cities, counties and transit agencies and JPAs across the country ranges from law enforcement and public safety initiatives to the reuse of former military installations.

Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, International Association of Ports & Harbors 
Patrick Verhoeven is responsible for policy and strategy at IAPH. The organization represents about 170 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries worldwide. Prior to joining IAPH in 2017, Patrick spent twenty-four years in Brussels representing the interests of shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and ship agents at EU level. He started his career in 1991 with the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. Patrick holds a PhD in applied economics and a bachelor in law from the University of Antwerp. He is assistant professor at the university’s Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT). Patrick lives in Antwerp with his wife and three children.

You’ll also hear from these industry experts:
  • Lauren Brand, Associate Administrator of Ports and Waterways, US Maritime Administration
  • Tien-Kuei Kuo, President, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.
  • Jeffrey Michael, Director, Center for Business and Policy Research, University of the Pacific
  • Kevin White and David Donnenfield, Full Frame Productions
  • Scott Keillor, Senior Planner, BergerABAM
  • Bruce Blodgett, Executive Director, San Joaquin Farm Bureau
  • Bruce Taylor, VP, California Pavement Maintenance Co., Inc.
  • Geir-Eilif Kalhagen and Lauren Dickson, Metro Ports
  • Rory McBride, Sales Manager, Liebherr Crane 
  • California Air Resources Board
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (invited)
  • US Coast Guard (invited)
  • Many more to be announced!
Our hotel room block will be at the Hilton Stockton Hotel, which offers excellent conference facilities, comfortable accommodations, and affordable prices at only $139/night with APP’s discounted room rate. 

Wrapping up APP’s spring intermodal seminar
Our May 24th seminar, “Intermodal Infrastructure: Connecting Future Freight through Forward-Thinking,” at the Portland International Airport conference center discussed efficient rail connections, intermodal project feasibility, trucking and industrial area improvements, freight master planning, disaster preparedness/safety considerations, and how to complete these important projects that benefit ports and surrounding communities.

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Special thanks to our expert speakers:
  • Jeff Krug, Director of Marine Operations, Port of Portland
  • Kurt Reichelt, VP, Rail Program Manager, HDR, Inc.
  • Johan Hellman, Regional Assistant Vice President, BNSF Railway
  • Phil Healy, Senior Transportation Planner, Port of Portland
  • Aaron Hunt, Director, Public Affairs, OR/WA, Union Pacific Railroad
And another a BIG thank you to our seminar sponsors:
Blanchard joins IAPH committee
Dr. Elizabeth Blanchard, 2016-17 APP President and Port of Stockton Commissioner was recently appointed to the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) Women’s Forum. 
Appointed by President Santiago Garcia Milà, Blanchard succeeded Rachel Vandenberg of Dewberry as Vice Chair. 
IAPH’s Managing Director of Policy and Strategy, Dr. Patrick Verhoeven, will be a guest speaker at our upcoming 105th Annual Conference hosted by the Port of Stockton. 
Congrats, President Blanchard!
Updates at Ports Authority Tonga
Ports Authority TongaPorts Authority Tonga’s CEO, Mosese Lavemai, was recently elected as the new President of the Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance for the next three years at the PMTA’s Annual General Meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand. The Ports Authority Tonga also took over the PMTA Secretariat role from the South Pacific Community (SPC), after holding the PMTA Secretariat role for more than 10 years.
The SPC had chosen the Ports Authority Tonga as one of two Pacific Ports to champion the three years (2018-2021) Green Pacific Port pilot project which was launched in in Tonga in May 2018. The Green Pacific Port is a new concept developed by SPC in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Environmental Programme (SPREP) to improve port efficiency and sustainability, and energy and environment management to reducing impact on the environment and greenhouse gas emission. The Ports Authority Tonga agreed to support the initiative and lead by example through piloting the project.
Nice work, Ports Authority Tonga!
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2017-18 APP Executive Committee
President Elizabeth Blanchard
Port of Stockton, California USA
First Vice President Mike Avent
Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
Second Vice President Ian Marr
Nanaimo Port Authority, British 
   Columbia Canada
Third Vice President Lou Anne Bynum 

Port of Long Beach, California USA

Past President Claire Poumele

American Samoa Department of

Port Administration

Regional Representatives
Patsy Martin – Port of Skagit, Washington USA

Randa Coniglio – Port of San Diego, California USA

Dick Dodge – Port of Redwood City, California USA

Tien-Kuei Kuo – Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., Taiwan

Robert Larson – Port of Benton, Washington USA

Maria Taitano – Port Authority of Guam

At-Large Representative
Kim B. Puzey – Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA

Jack Chong-Gum, Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority

Please note that our 2019 Winter Conference will take place after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend. 
July 15-18, 2018
105th Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Stockton, California USA
Stockton Hilton
Stockton, California USA
October/November 2018
Fall Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar
Portland International Airport Conference Center
Portland, Oregon USA
HawaiiDOTJanuary 23-25, 2019  
Winter Conference
Westin Maui
Maui, Hawaii

July 2019
106th Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
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Kersten Green, Administrative Coordinator
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