Association of Pacific Ports: Winter Conference wrap-up, APP president honored, new rail service at Portland, MARAD & APP member updates


January 30, 2018 

APP’s 2018 Winter Conference on January 10-12 at the Westin Maui Resort was a success! See below for details including links to the PowerPoint presentations and photos.

Also included in this issue are updates on our 2017-18 APP President, MARAD funding opportunities, new rail service at the Port of Portland, APP executive committee updates, and much more!

2018 Winter Conference in Maui

APP’s 2018 Winter Conference
January 10-12, 2018

The Westin Maui Resort

Maui, Hawaii

Attendees at APP’s 2018 Winter Conference on January 10-12 soaked up the Maui sun and learned from experts on timely port industry issues and trends such as new market tax credits, public private partnerships, project funding issues, technological advancements, economic trade forecasts, sustainable construction, and much more.

Our open “port report” forum allowed each port to talk about current issues, and there were plenty of fun opportunities to network with Pacific port colleagues!

Click here to view the 2018 Winter Conference program.

Click here to view PowerPoint presentations.

Click here to view photos.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to our Winter Conference sponsors:

Port of Portland and BNSF announce new rail service

The Port of Portland, Oregon USA has worked to create another new option for moving container freight by way of a railway partnership at Terminal 6. Starting this week, shippers can move their product on a rail shuttle to the Puget Sound ports. The new service, in partnership with BNSF Railway, will move containers between Portland and Seattle/Tacoma, where goods can be loaded onto ocean carriers. The rail service will operate five days a week.

Today’s announcement follows news that Swire Shipping will begin a monthly container call at Terminal 6 this month, offering regional shippers a new opportunity to move their goods overseas.

Photo: Port of Portland

“The rail service will complement the monthly container ship call by giving our local shippers another path to market,” said Curtis Robinhold, Port of Portland executive director. “We hope to continue building on this momentum and interest at Terminal 6.”

The Port has also hired a consultant team to help determine the future role of container shipping in Portland with a sustainable business model for managing and developing the terminal.

Congratulations, Port of Portland and BNSF!

President Blanchard named Stocktonian of the Year

Congrats, Liz and the Port of Stockton!

Photo: Port of Stockton

APP 2017-18 President and Port of Stockton, California USA Commission Chairwoman Elizabeth Blanchard believed she was being summoned to a recent morning meeting to greet Norwegian port officials about a tour.

Much to her surprise, members of the Central Valley Association of Realtors and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce swarmed into a conference room to announce Blanchard as the 64th recipient of the Stocktonian of the Year award.

“You are our newest Stocktonian!” Bob Kavanaugh, the 1996 Stocktonian of the Year winner, said as he presented Blanchard with an anchor-shaped plaque.

“Uh, what?” she asked as she slowly realized what was happening. “This is for real? I can’t believe this.”

What makes Blanchard deserving of being Stocktonian of the Year is the great deal of time she devotes to community service, education and volunteering in numerous organizations. She was named president of APP in August and has been involved with the port since she was named commissioner in 2008.

Earning a doctorate in psychology from University of the Pacific, Blanchard is a retired professor of the San Joaquin Delta College Psychology Department and the School of Education at Pacific.

Blanchard also serves on six other community and organization boards, and served eight years on the Stockton City Planning Commission and two years on the San Joaquin County Planning Commission.

To top it off, she has been an active presence in the local Chinese community as a member of the Jene Wah Chinese Senior Center, the Chinese Benevolent Association, and the Chinese Cultural Society.

“I have told Liz on more than one occasion to slow down, smell the roses, you have earned it,” Port of Stockton Commissioner Victor Mow wrote in his nomination of Blanchard. “She always just smiles and continues on her way.”

“The spirit to help and serve is still a very big part of who she is. She is truly what is called a good public servant.”

Among past winners on hand to celebrate Blanchard on Friday were Tim Ulmer, a 2014 Stocktonian of the Year, and 1969 winner Ort Lofthus.

While the meeting with Norwegians was all a ruse, Blanchard was still about port business.

“I was expecting the Norwegians, I got Americans,” she laughed. “Thank you all, I can’t – I just can’t – you guys are kidding me, right?”

A formal award presentation is slated for February.

MARAD announces Marine Highway funding opportunity

The U.S. Maritime Administration has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (attached) for $ 4.85 million in grant funds for America’s Marine Highway (AMH) Program.

The Secretary, through the Maritime Administration (MARAD), intends to award $4,850,000 through grants to the extent that there are qualified applications. MARAD will seek to obtain the maximum benefit from the available funding by awarding grants to as many qualified projects as possible; however, MARAD reserves the right to award all funds to just one project. MARAD may partially fund applications by selecting discrete components of projects. The start date and period of performance for each award will depend on the specific project to which MARAD must agree. MARAD will administer each Marine Highway Grant pursuant to a grant agreement with the Marine Highway Grant recipient.

The purpose of the appropriation is to make grants to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development and expansion of documented vessels, and port and landside infrastructure. This notice announces the availability of funding for grants and establishes selection criteria and application requirements. The U.S. Department of Transportation (Department) will award Marine Highway Grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) under AMHP. Only sponsors of designated Marine Highway Projects are eligible to apply for a Marine Highway Grant as described in this notice.

Please note that unlike previous years, applicants are permitted to submit one application for route designations and project designations services concurrently.

For further information please contact your local MARAD gateway office.

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2017-18 APP Executive Committee update

APP is pleased to welcome Patsy Martin to the Executive Committee! Executive Director of the Port of Skagit, Washington USA, she was elected at our recent Winter Conference as a Regional Representative. Welcome aboard, Patsy!


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
Dick Dodge – Port of Redwood City, California USA
Maria Taitano – Port Authority of Guam
Robert Larson – Port of Benton, Washington USA

Patricia Botsford-Martin – Port of Skagit, Washington USA
Randa Coniglio – Port of San Diego, California USA
Tien-Kuei Kuo – Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., Taiwan

At-Large Representative
Kim B. Puzey – Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA
Jack Chong-Gum, Republic of Marshall Islands Ports Authority


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

April or May 2018

Spring Fly-in, Fly-out Seminar

Portland International Airport Conference Center

Portland, Oregon USA

July 15-18, 2018

105th Annual Conference
Hosted by Port of Stockton, California USA

Stockton Hilton

Stockton, California USA

Contact APP:

Please feel free to contact your APP staff with any questions, concerns, or requests.

Lisa Pomasl, Executive Director:

Brian Wright, Deputy Director:

Kersten Green, Administrative Coordinator


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