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Association of Pacific Ports News
September 8, 2021
In this issue...
  • APP's Annual Conference -- Can't wait to visit San Diego!!!
  • Speaker Spotlight
  • Thanks to our Sponsors!
  • Member News:
  • Sara Young starts as Port of Skagit Executive Director
  • Port of Portland welcomes new service to Terminal 6
  • Hualien Port Branch implements port facilities preservation operations
  • Port of San Diego secures $150,000 to study blue carbon in San Diego Bay’s eelgrass
  • New financial system will bring savings to Port of Newport
  • Long Beach Container Terminal: The making of a state-of-the-art terminal
  • Liebherr introduces XpertAssist — real-time remote support
  • “Exciting Day for Clean Air” – CEC funds Port’s blueprint to become a zero-emission hub
  • Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands / Guam designated as new Marine Highway Route
  • Construction contract signed for new Taiwan-Penghu Ferry
APP's Annual Conference Update
October 24 to 27, 2021
San Diego (Intercontinental Hotel)
Fleet Admiral Sponsor
We can't wait to visit San Diego!!!

Join us from October 24 to 27, 2021 for an agenda packed with great opportunities to network, learn from your peers and reconnect with old friends and colleagues (or build new relationships!). Taking place in the heart of San Diego's Waterfront at the InterContinental Hotel, our conference sessions cover key issues facing the port community today: effective governance; collaboration with government agencies such as MARAD, NOAA, and USACE; insights into major infrastructure project planning; human resources; and shipping logistics; and much more.

Conference sessions are interspersed with off-site excursions, including a tour of San Diego's Harbor. Spanning 34 miles of waterfront, the Port balances multiple uses across five cities -- a truly dynamic and vibrant waterfront featuring cruise facilities, shipyards, marine terminals, plus 22 public parks, five public piers, and over 200 acres of open space.

Visit: WWW.PACIFICPORTSCONFERENCE.COM for detailed information on the agenda, speaker bios, sponsor profiles and registration information.

Spotlight on speakers...

We've developed an impressive list of speakers for this year's APP Annual Conference. As leaders in their respective fields of expertise, topics cover issues of key importance for all aspects of a port's organization -- governance, management, and operations. Over the coming weeks, we'll be profiling our speakers and their presentations to highlight what you'll miss if you don't register!
The Environmental Permitting Process

Lynker’s Sarah Pautzke and Zach Hughes, Salus Resources Inc. are joined by Theresa Stevens, US Army Corps of Engineers to assist in taking the mystery out of the Environmental Permitting Process. Stevens’ presentation — USACE Regulatory 101, Nuts and Bolts — will be a great road map through the Corps’ regulatory permit process, provide relevant information, and help in getting through the permit process efficiently. Pautzke and Hughes, both leaders in supporting clients who are faced with the challenge of meeting requirements of such acts as the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, will provide useful and insightful guidance for conference attendees.
Sarah Pautzke, Scientist, Lynker

Sarah Pautzke is a marine biologist at Lynker currently supporting NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands and Alaska Regional Offices. She is also involved in additional Lynker consulting projects for various clients. After working at Intel Corporation for several years, she went to graduate school at University of Massachusetts Amherst where she received a Masters of Science in marine ecology for her research tagging and tracking striped bass. Sarah has worked in the government and private sectors over the last 14 years in the fields of fisheries management, coastal and marine spatial (ocean) planning, and endangered species analyses. Her expertise is in the principles of management planning and decision-making processes regarding the use, conservation, and protection of coastal and marine resources.
Theresa Stevens, Senior Project Manager,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, Los Angeles District

Theresa grew up in San Diego, a few miles from here and moved to Santa Barbara where she attended UC Santa Barbara and earned a BA and PhD in marine ecology. Between those degrees, Theresa spent a year in Coos Bay Oregon, working on a research project which documented invasive species introductions via in-bound ships from Asia.

Theresa started her career with the Corps while in graduate school and has also worked in local government and the private sector to learn and practice regulatory requirements of the state of California.

In 2008, Theresa took on the Regulatory program duties for Port of Long Beach. In 2011 she transitioned to the Port of Los Angeles. As the Port of LA regulatory project manager, she has been responsible for several Environmental Impact Statements (none were litigated) and developed a great working relationship with Port staff.
Zachary Hughes, President, Salus Resources

Zach Hughes is a marine ecologist and President of Salus Resources, Inc. He leads a small team providing services to federal agencies for acoustic modeling and support under the Endangered Species Act. Salus is also providing support to other businesses in the development of NEPA documentation and submission of Marine Mammal Protection Act Incidental Harassment Authorizations. Zach has completed more than 200 environmental impact analyses under the ESA, NEPA, and MMPA for projects ranging from individual permit actions, watershed scale restoration projects, to port expansion projects. He specializes in improving communications between government agencies and project proponents to facilitate faster project approval and improved conservation outcomes while managing budget constraints.

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Thanks to our sponsors!
Check out our sponsors' websites to find out more about each company:

Fleet Admiral Sponsor: PortLink

Commodore Sponsor: Port of Stockton

Supporter: Port of Newport

There are still a few opportunities left and, if interested, download our Fall Media Kit or contact Jane McIvor ( | 604-893-8800) or Philippe Critot ( | 323-660-5459) to discuss.
Member News
Sara Young starts as Port of Skagit Executive Director

September 7, 2021 — Sara Young is the new Executive Director at the Port of Skagit, officially taking over the leadership role on September 1st.  Patsy Martin, long time Executive Director of the Port is retiring at the end of the month but will stay on through September in an advisory role to the Port Commission and her successor.

Sara Young has been with the Port of Skagit for 14 years, serving in a variety of roles including Planning & Environmental Manager, Airport Manager and Director of Planning and Facilities. 

Port of Portland welcomes new service to Terminal 6

September 7, 2021 — A year and a half after weekly container service returned to the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 – thanks to South Korea-based carrier SM Line – more container service is coming to help address critical supply chain issues for local businesses, farmers and growers, and consumers.

The new business at Terminal 6 includes:
  • An SM Line expansion that will add two additional vessels per month;
  • An additional weekly container service operated by MSC, the second-largest carrier in the world; and
  • New private charter vessels and domestic 53-foot containers.

Hualien Port Branch implements port facilities preservation operations

September 3, 2021 — Hualien Port Branch is scheduled to handle the “Hualien Port 110 International Ship and Port Facilities Preservation and Disaster Prevention and Rescue Game” in September, so as to strengthen and improve the anti-violent terrorist attacks, port epidemic prevention and disaster prevention in Hualien Port through exercises. Various contingency actions for prevention and rescue.

Port of San Diego secures $150,000 to study blue carbon in San Diego Bay’s eelgrass

August 30, 2021 — As environmental champions of San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego announces a new partnership with the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) META program to study baywide eelgrass carbon sequestration. The META program promotes the research, demonstration, and development of emerging technologies, practices, and processes that improve maritime industrial environmental sustainability.

New financial system will bring savings to Port of Newport

August 26, 2021 — With a projected cost savings exceeding $500,000 over a 10-year period and anticipated improvement in efficiencies, the Port of Newport Commission approved the adoption of a new financial system at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

Moving the organization away from QuickBooks to a system that will integrate all of the Port’s operations, including RV park and marina reservations, into one system was the goal. “Realistically, there are so many benefits to a new financial system, they cannot be all discussed in this report,” wrote Director of Finance Mark Brown in his report to the commission.

Long Beach Container Terminal: The making of a state-of-the-art terminal

August 26, 2021 — They said it couldn’t be done.

“They were wrong,” said Steven Neal, President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Long Beach Container Terminal and the Port held a grand opening Aug. 20 to celebrate the completion of the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project. The modernization project has transformed two aging terminals into one of the world’s most technologically advanced container terminals.

Liebherr introduces XpertAssist — real-time remote support

August 25, 2021 — Liebherr has enhanced its existing remote service app and taken service to the next level. XpertAssist is not just an audio-video connection but combines remote service and traditional technical expertise with a number of technical tools to provide advanced support for customers. The new service is available for crawler cranes, deep foundation equipment and maritime cranes.

“Exciting Day for Clean Air” – CEC funds Port’s blueprint to become a zero-emission hub

August 24, 2021 – When a blueprint is created, it identifies and outlines a plan of action with the big picture in mind. In the case of the Port of Hueneme, their “blueprint project” known as SPARC (Sustainable Power Advancement & Resiliency for our Community) was created to chart a pathway to zero emission operations which is the Port’s overall long-term goal for air quality improvement and climate change adaptation. The plan will include an attainable timeline for the complete transition to a zero emission Port operation.

Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands / Guam designated as new Marine Highway Route

August 24, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced a new Marine Highway Route between Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This newly designated route will make certain projects eligible for grant funding through the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP).

One of these projects will support the movement of containers between the Port of Guam and the Commonwealth Ports Authority’s ports in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Construction contract signed for new Taiwan-Penghu Ferry

August 20, 2021 — On July 29, under the witness of Wang Kwo-Tsai, Minister of Transportation and Communications, the contract of the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry Operation and Construction Project was officially signed by Yeh Hsieh-Lung, Director-General of the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) and Liu Wen-Ching, Chairman of Taiwan Navigation Company (TNC) at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). Lai Feng-Wei, Penghu County Magistrate, and Kuo Tien-Kuei, Deputy Secretary-General of Kaohsiung City, also witnessed the event and offered their congratulations online. Chi Wen-Jong, Deputy Minister of the MOTC, Ho Shu-Ping, Director-General of the Department of Navigation and Aviation, Hsieh Wei-Chun, Chairman of the CR Classification Society, Huang Shih-Fang, Section Director of the Tourism Bureau, and a number of VIPs were also invited to attend the ceremony. The signing ceremony was broadcast live to the media and the public. It is anticipated that the 32-year-old vessel TAIHWA Ferry will be replaced in August 2023 to provide a new service on the Kaohsiung-Magong route.

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