Association of Pacific Ports February Newsletter: Winter Conference Wrap-Up, New APP Associate Members, Port News

The Pacific Current  February 26, 2015
Our 2015 Winter Conference was a success!


An all star cast of speakers headlined APP’s well attended Winter Conference in January. Photos and PowerPoint presentations are linked below!
Check out news about what’s happening at individual Pacific ports, new APP Associate Members, our upcoming 102nd Annual Conference in Taiwan in August, and much more!

Wrapping Up APP’s Winter Conference
Newest Associate Members: NorthSouth GIS and Waab Transportation
Save the Date for Annual Conference in Taiwan
Port of Umatilla News
About Us
Thank you to the hosts, sponsors, speakers, moderators, and delegates at January’s APP Winter Conference on January 14-16th at the amazing Kauai Marriott Resort. It was a great way to start 2015!
Click here for PowerPoint presentations!
Click here for photos!
And thanks to our well-prepared, informative guest speakers:
Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas, Commander, United States Coast Guard District Fourteen
— The Admiral addressed current security challenges facing Pacific ports.
Richard Price, Program Manager, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
— Richard covered lessons learned in Washington state regarding new stormwater permitting and how this relates to upcoming regulations in California.

Crescent Moegling, Northwest & Pacific Islands Navigation Manager, NOAA
— Crescent discussed important progress and changes in NOAA’s navigation work relating to ports.
Jeet Manhas, Chairman, Board of Directors, Nanaimo Port Authority, British Columbia, Canada
— Chairman Manhas focused on NPA’s efforts to increase container business, improve its maritime infrastructure, and become a gateway to Asia.
Eric Winters, Rail Group Manager, T.Y. Lin International
—  Eric educated on smart planning of rail infrastructure at ports.
Greg Wirtz, President, Cruise Lines Int’l Assoc. – North West & Canada
— Greg discussed how ports can increase cruise business and new trends in the industry.
Jim Lyon, CEO, LYON Associates
— Jim showed two eye-opening films on sea level rise, its effect on island communities, and what’s being done about it.
Tom Spear, Owner & Partner, Schrader Co. Sales
— Tom informed how ports can restore and protect existing wood, concrete and steel piles.

Jim Reed, Principal, Cardno
— Jim’s presentation focused on why and how ports should prioritize infrastructure investments.
Eric Wareham, Aquatic and Government Relations Director, Western Wood Preservers Institute
— Eric addressed new U.S. federal and state restrictions regarding the usage of preserved wood and what this means for Pacific ports.
In addition to informative presentations, the Winter Conference also included plenty of networking opportunities, a board meeting to help shape APP’s future, and a tour of Nawiliwili Harbor to see working port facilities in action.
Special thanks to our generous Winter Conference Sponsors:

APP welcomes it’s newest Associate Members, NorthSouth GIS and Waab Transportation Company!

NorthSouth GIS LLC (NSG) provides geospatial consulting services and off-the-shelf solutions to ports of all sizes, large and small, both within the United States and globally. Their success is based on their ability to think like port professionals, forming strong and long lasting bonds with clients. NorthSouth’s methods are based on deep enterprise IT experience, and tight partnerships with their software suppliers, especially Esri® and Latitude Geographics®. For more information on NorthSouth GIS, contact President & CEO Daniel Elroi.

Waab Transportation Company  (WTC) is located in the Federated States of Micronesia on the island of Yap (Land of Stone Money) in the western Pacific islands. The uniqueness of Yap stems from the ancient culture that still exists side by side with the 21st century. Waab Transportation Company is a marine agent comprised of a seaport operation division, shipping agency, hardware (Do It Best), gas plant, NAPA automotive parts, and a construction division. The Company brings in an annual revenue of $3.8 million and employs a total of 102 employees. For more information on Waab Transportation, contact Chairman/CEO George Torwan. 
Welcome to APP, NorthSouth GIS and Waab Transportation Company!

Please plan to join us for APP’s 102nd Annual Conference in beautiful Kaohsiung, Taiwan hosted by Taiwan International Ports Corporation at the amazing Grand Hi-Lai Hotel onAugust 16-19, 2015. 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 Kaohsiung to experience the unique splendor and hospitality of Taiwan. In addition to Conference events, you and your companion will enjoy tours of culturally-relevant and scenic locations. Our conference venue, the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel,towers over Kaohsiung International Harbor offering a

breathtaking view,state-of-the-art conference facilities, and plenty of nearby attractions.


For more information on visiting Taiwan, please visit the websites for the Taiwan Tourism Board and theTourism Bureau of Kaohsiung.


Stay tuned to for updated information on registration, travel information, guest speakers, and more.



The Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA recently announced a vacancy on its board of commissioners. Marge Roff, after serving as a port commissioner for 24 years, has resigned. Originally elected in 1991, Roff owns a real estate firm in Milton-Freewater, Oregon and has been involved in property development, management, and construction for over 20 years. During her tenure, she supported infrastructure improvements and lobbied for trade policies to increase economic development and create jobs throughout Eastern Oregon. This represents the first vacancy on the Port of Umatilla Commission in over a decade. Roff’s replacement will serve until the term expires on June 30, 2015, along with commissioners Tim Mabry and Kurt Bendixsen.


In other news out of Umatilla, the City of Umatilla and the Port have reached an agreement to end a zoning dispute regarding property previously slated for industrial development. According to the Hermiston Herald (click here to read the article), the City will purchase the 16 acres of disputed land from the Port and decide later on its future use. The Port will look elsewhere for the initially planned project, which included a $1.5 million grant-funded distribution warehouse.

Thank you for your service, Commissioner Roff, and congratulations to the Port and City of Umatilla for reaching an agreement!


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

MAY 2015

Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar

Portland International Airport (PDX) Conference Center

Portland, Oregon USA

AUGUST 16-19, 2015  
102nd Annual Conference
Hosted by Taiwan International Ports Corporation
Grand Hi-Lai Hotel
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
JULY 2016
APP 103rd Annual Conference
HuenemeLogoHosted by Port of Hueneme
Port Hueneme, California USA


Your APP 2014-15 Executive Committee:


President: Tai-Hsin Lee, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
First Vice President: Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme, California USA
Second Vice President: Elizabeth Blanchard, Port of Stockton, California USA
Third Vice President: Claire Poumele, American Samoa Dept. of Port Administration, American Samoa
Past President: Bob Bagaason, Port of Longview, Washington USA

Regional Representatives:
Kuo-Ming Chang, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan

Dick Dodge, Port of Redwood City, California USA

Tracy Egoscue, Port of Long Beach, California USA

Timothy Kernaghan, Port Authority of Guam, Guam
Robert Larson, Port of Benton, Washington USA
Kim B. Puzey, Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
At Large Representative:

Patrick Trapp, Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA



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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