In this issue…

  • Executive Director’s Note
  • Planning continues for APP’s 107th Annual Conference in Nanaimo
  • Welcome New Member: Nautical Consulting International Ltd.
  • Clean Pacific Conference (Seattle) update
  • Member News:
  • New section on APP website for COVID-19 updates / Taiwan International Ports Corporation completes Phase II of Port of Kaohsiung Intercontinental Container Terminal / Cargo declines at Port of Long Beach in February / South Bay Ferry stop moves closer to reality with MOU on critical partnership

Executive Director’s Note…
There’s an old saying: “When you can’t control what’s happening around you, challenge yourself to control the way you respond.” In this time of great uncertainty, I not only stand in awe of the dedicated efforts of the world’s healthcare workers, but also in the way our ports, terminal operators, and supply chain partners continue to move much-needed supplies to where they’re most needed. It evokes a sense of pride and of purpose to belong to such an important industry. We should take a moment to recognize and appreciate the crucial role our sector plays in today’s society.

As the impact of the COVID-19 virus continues to upend daily lives and no aspect of our regular routine is left unscathed, remember that this too shall pass. Life will go on and a brighter future lies just ahead. It is with that sentiment, that the Association of Pacific Ports continues to plan and prepare for better times to come. While we continue to move forward where we can — a more dynamic website, increased communications and greater engagement with the industry — there are obvious disruptions that will present challenges. Our message to you is that we’re still here and ready to respond in whatever way we can.

Feel free to reach out and let us know how we can help.

Best regards,
Jane McIvor
Association of Pacific Ports / +1-604-893-8800

Planning continues for APP’s 107th Annual Conference.. .
Recognizing that we’re more than five months away from the APP’s 107th Annual Conference in Nanaimo, Canada — August 9 to 12, 2020 — we continue our plans to welcome APP members to one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic ports. While we’re optimistic that the current COVID-19 crisis will abate in time, we will continually monitor and assess the situation and keep you apprised.

In the meantime, what a conference we’re planning! The majority of speakers are confirmed, sponsorships continue to be secured, and events that highlight local culture and port operations are taking shape. With a theme that speaks to today’s challenges — Striving for Balance: Navigating through complexities facing today’s ports — the APP’s 107th Annual Conference shines a spotlight not only on the pressures facing ports but on the opportunities that are created by these very same issues.

By offering insightful and dynamic presentations from industry leaders, the APP’s 107th Annual Conference is a must-attend for ports across the Pacific Rim. Starting with a big-picture look at the environmental state of the Pacific Ocean, the global economy, and the impact of these on the maritime industry, keynote speakers, panels and group forums are being planned to identify the issues, highlight solutions, and learn lessons from those who have already put plans into actions and are seeing results.Whether you’re a port manager demonstrating leadership, looking to build new relationships, or learn about practices in other ports around the world, this conference promises to enlighten, entertain and educate you.

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