Association of Pacific Ports

The Association of Pacific Ports (APP) is a trade and information association founded in 1913 as the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities (PCAPA) for the purpose of promoting increased efficiency and effectiveness of the ports of the Pacific.

Programs of the APP are aimed at enhancing the technical and governance expertise of commissioners and other port officials through meetings, educational seminars, and the exchange of appropriate communications. These programs are also pertinent to the needs of ports’ management and technical staff.

All ports located in areas tributary to the Pacific Ocean are eligible to join APP.  Current members include ports in American Samoa, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Micronesia (Marshall Islands, Guam, Saipan, and Pohnpei), Oregon, Taiwan, Tonga, and Washington State.

The association provides an Annual Conference each August and a Winter Conference each January.  Other meetings and seminars are hosted on specific topics.  The Pacific Current newsletter is published monthly for APP members.


APP is expanding.  We have a strong team of officers and staff who are building on APP’s 100-year history to grow an even stronger organization promoting increased efficiency and effectiveness for ports in Alaska, American Samoa, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Oregon, Saipan, Taiwan, Washington, and beyond.

Through APP’s Annual Conference each summer, Winter Conference each January in Hawaii, Fly-In-Fly-Out Seminars each spring and fall, and Pacific Ports Magazine, we are building partnerships throughout the Pacific and helping ports strengthen their technical and governance expertise.

APP members qualify for major discounts on event registrations so you may learn about best practices and creative ventures while networking with other port leaders from throughout the Pacific.  Each new member is given time to make an introductory presentation about your port after you join – plus opportunities to make full-length presentations at future conferences as you desire.  Details about APP members are listed on our website, in our member directory, and in our newsletters.  Each of these opportunities enables you to better connect with other APP member ports, grow partnerships, and better garner information to benefit your own port.  All of these benefits are available to your port for very affordable annual dues – a great return on investment.


If you are a port-related business and haven’t yet joined APP as an Associate Member, the time to do so is now! An action that will strengthen your company’s marketing, business development, and future business success with ports and port-related businesses in North America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands, APP membership offers major discounts on event registrations so you may directly network with Pacific port leaders. Member details are promoted on our website, member directory, and newsletters. These opportunities will enable you to better connect with Pacific ports and inform them about your firm’s expertise and services.

Through APP’s Winter Conference in Hawaii, summer Annual Conference, spring and fall seminars, and monthly newsletters, we help Pacific ports strengthen their technical and governance expertise – and help businesses like yours strengthen your work with ports.  During the past year, we have held successful events in San Francisco, Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, and Guam.



Maritime Magazine – May 2020

Pacific-Yachting – May2020

Maritime Executive – January 2020