Association of Pacific Ports Newsletter for July 2016


The Pacific Current 

July 29, 2016

APP’s 103rd Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of Hueneme, California USA was an unforgettable event! See below for a wrap-up of this amazing conference.

Other news includes Jack Chong-Gum leaving RMI Ports Authority and the newly-elected APP 2016-17 Executive Committee.

Read on for details!


Annual Conference Wrap-Up

2016-17 APP Executive Committee

APP People: Jack Chong-Gum Leaves RMI Ports Authority

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Upcoming APP Events



APP’s 103rd Annual Conference, hosted by the Port of Hueneme, California USA, was a huge success!We’d like to extend a large thank you to the Port of Hueneme, all  of our generous sponsors, guest speakers, and attendees for making this such a memorable event.

Attendees learned from incredible speakers such as U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen, Los Angeles-Long Beach Coast Guard Sector Commander Capt. Charlene Downey, Naval Base Ventura County Commander Capt. Chris Janke, and many more. APP members learned the latest happenings at other ports and enjoyed plenty of fun networking opportunities.

This year’s conference marked the first time that the majority of events took place at the host port itself rather than the conference hotel. Special thanks to the Port of Hueneme for generously sharing their amazing facilities and for all their hard work in making the 103rd Annual Conference a success.

Attendees enjoyed informative tours of the Port of Hueneme, Auto Processing Centers, Chiquita, Mission Produce, Limoneira Ranch, RA Atmore & Sons, and the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.

If you weren’t able to attend, here are the amazing speakers you missed out on: 

  • Paul “Chip” N. Jaenichen, Sr. – Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration: MARAD Administrator Jaenichen gave the keynote address, focusing on the need for major port-related infrastructure investments to stay competitive in the current global economy and trade environment.
  • Capt. Charlene Downey – Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach: Discussed the current state of Pacific port security after recent global terror attacks. 
  • Capt. Chris Janke – Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Base Ventura County: Explained the Navy’s role in working together with other agencies and the public in keeping ports safe and secure.
  • Bruce Stenslie – President & CEO, Economic Development Collaborative Ventura County; Dr. Tiffany Morse, Director of Career Education, Ventura County; and Will Berg – Director of Marketing & Public Information, Oxnard Harbor District: This expert panel discussed ideas on developing a modern workforce using educational resources, port outreach programs, and tailoring programs to the local economic and demographic climate.
  • Ruben Duran – Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP: Mr. Duran introduced a panel of four logistics, transportation infrastructure, and technology analysts who discussed the not-so-distant future of autonomous vehicles and how it will transform the movement of goods and people.
  • Emily Chen – Planning and Development Manager, Taiwan International Ports Corp: Spoke on the Port of Keelung and its evolution into a major cruise hub.
  • Kristin Decas – CEO & Port Director, Port of Hueneme and Kenneth Parkinson, Vice President, Transportation – Ports & Marine, AECOM: Led an interactive session on strategic planning for ports.
  • Scott Brewer – Deputy Director for Operations, CT2 Center for Threat Management: Discussed the Coastal Trident Program, a large-scale, multi-agency annual maritime training exercise that simulates numerous types of threats.
  • Moisés Woll, General Manager, Woll Corp: Described the growing economy of Peru, trade opportunities with the U.S., and maritime infrastructure improvements at Peruvian ports.
  • David P. Bender, Jr., Attorney: Outlined the recent changes in the delivery and fee structure of legal services as well as advancements in technology/social media and how it applies to litigation.
  • Daniel Elroi – President & CEO, NorthSouth GIS: Covered the latest in GIS technology for ports.
  • Jack Chong-Gum – Executive Director, Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority: Discussed RMI Ports Authority’s new GIS system and how it’s helped RMI Ports Authority become a safer, streamlined, and more efficient port.
  • Steven Bash, Senior Vice President and Manager, International Banking & Trade Finance, City National Bank: Talked about a bank’s perspective on doing business with ports.

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Click here to view the event program.

A special thanks to our 103rd Annual Conference sponsors:



During the recent 103rd Annual Conference in Port Hueneme, the APP Board of Directors elected the 2016-17 APP Executive Committee beginning on August 1st. The newest member is 2nd Vice President Ian Marr, Nanaimo Port Authority Vice President. Congrats, Ian!

President:                 Claire Poumele, American Samoa

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



After many years of seeing Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority Director Jack Chong-Gum at numerous APP events, Jack recently announced he left his position.

He’s now the CEO at Marshalls Energy Company(MEC), the main power supply company for the Marshall Islands. MEC has an annual turnover of over US $50 million with its headquarters based in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands.

Jack served as Director of RMI Ports Authority for over 12 years. Previously he served as Director of the Marshall Islands Airport Authority from 2000-2004.

Congrats, Jack and thank you for your many years of service to RMI Ports Authority!


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

November 2016
APP Fall Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar

Effective Rail Connections for Ports
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

July 16-19, 2017
104th Annual Conference
Hosted by American Samoa Department of Port Administration
Sadie’s by the Sea Resort
American Samoa

Your 2015-16 APP Executive Committee (through July 31, 2016):

Mary Anne Rooney, President – Port of Hueneme, California USA
Claire Poumele, First Vice President – American Samoa Port Authority
Elizabeth Blanchard, Second Vice President – Port of Stockton, California USA
Patrick Trapp, Third Vice President – Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA
Tai-Hsin Lee, Past President – Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.

Regional Representatives:
Dick Dodge – Port of Redwood City, California USA
Doug Drummond – Port of Long Beach, California USA
Timothy Kernaghan – Port Authority of Guam
Bob Bagaason – Port of Longview, Washington USA
Robert Larson – Port of Benton, Washington USA
Representative – Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan

At-Large Representatives:
Kim B. Puzey – Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
Randa Coniglio – Port of San Diego, California USA

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
Telephone: 503.653.5868
Fax: 503.654.8259

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