In this issue…

  • Executive Director’s Note — APP Postpones 2020 Annual Conference
  • New Initiative: Pacific Ports Magazine
  • APP Activity Update
  • Heads up for the APP Annual General Meeting
  • New Member Benefits Rolling Out
  • New Associate Member Dues Structure Announced
  • Member News:
    • Local Lab Provides Key Re-opening Resource for Whatcom County Businesses
    • Port of Long Beach Handles Fewer Shipments in April
    • Port Names Environmental, Business Division Leaders
    • Port Authority of Guam Installs New Generator on Gantry 6 Crane
    • Independent Seafoods Canada Corporation to base second freezer trawler in Port Alberni

Executive Director’s Note…

It’s official…APP moves 2020 Conference to 2021

This won’t be a surprise — the APP has officially postponed our 107th Annual Conference in Nanaimo to August 2021. To say we are sorely disappointed is an understatement. But, take heart and mark your calendar — speakers, sponsors and confirmed participants have overwhelmingly agreed to keep their schedules open for August 8 to 11, 2021.

We considered organizing a hybrid-virtual conference (a mix of recorded and live sessions) but the key elements of networking, building relationships and a first-hand look at Port of Nanaimo operations are missing. APP conferences are renown for the opportunities they provide in the conversations and interactions that happen in between sessions.

So let’s do something different! Announcing Pacific Ports Magazine…

In addition to the above-noted experiences that make APP conferences so valuable, the information gleaned from presentations, panel discussions and group forums is of equal importance. To ensure the the APP can continue to fulfill our mandate to promote and encourage professional development through the sharing of knowledge and best practices, we are pleased to announce the new publication, Pacific Ports Magazine!

You’ll find all of the details below on how you can participate. Much of the content that we’re planning will require your input and I look forward to connecting with all members to make this initiative a big success!

Wait, there’s more!

Over the last few months, the APP has been hard at work developing new benefits for members and we’re almost ready to start rolling these out. Again, the success of these benefits — designed to provide greater value through education, awareness of current member activities, and promotion of goods and services offered by Associate Members — will require your input and participation. I hope you’ll take advantage of these to get the most out of your APP membership.

As always, I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. Call or email anytime.

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

Announcing Pacific Ports Magazine

The APP is pleased to announce the inaugural edition of Pacific Ports Magazine! With the delay of the 2020 conference to 2021, we recognize that the need is greater than ever to provide an opportunity to connect our Port community.

In addition to an expanded Members’ Directory (now including available facilities and capabilities of Member Ports as well as more descriptive offerings of Associate Members) and Port Member activity updates, we have a strong roster of experts delving into issues such as global economics and the impact on ports; safety and security; environmental sustainability; asset and infrastructure planning; marine land use policy; cargo logistics; labor and training; technology and much, much more.

Over the coming weeks, the APP will be contacting you to request your participation. In the meantime, we hope you’ll consider supporting this initiative through advertising and editorial ideas.

Download our media kit here: Pacific-Ports-2020-Magazine-MediaKit

Deadline for booking ad space is June 26, 2020. Material required by July 2, 2020.

Contact Jane McIvor (1+ 604-893-8800) for more details.

APP Activity Update

Mark Your Calendar for APP’s Virtual Annual General Meeting…
Heads up! While the Conference may be postponed, we’ll still be holding our Annual General Meeting and hope you’ll join us. Mark the date — August 11, 2020 . A notice will be sent out in early July with more details on how to access the virtual meeting.

New Member Benefits Coming…
As part of the APP’s efforts to provide more value for membership, we’ve been working on a new website that allows for greater focus and promotion of members. In addition to expanded directory listings, the APP is pleased to provide each member with web banner advertising opportunities, starting with three months free.

Specifications and details are included in the Pacific-Ports-2020-Magazine-MediaKit. Members should contact (or call 1+604-893-8800) to reserve their space.

Further, this new site has improved functionality for member news – please ensure we are included on your news releases ( ) or call us (1+604-893-8800) to discuss exclusive interviews and articles.

New Associate Member Dues Structure Announced…
With great thanks to the APP’s Associate Member Sub-Committee (Jeannie Beckett/ The Beckett Group ; Joe Carrillo/ SSA Marine ; Sarah Pautzke/ Lynker Technologies ; and Rory McBride/ Midstream Lighting ) for their advice and guidance, the APP has developed a new fee structure for Associate Members. In time for the 2020/21 membership year (beginning this August), dues will be as follows:

  • 1 to 10 employees: $500
  • 11 to 100 employees: $750
  • 101 to 500 employees: $1000
  • Over 500 employees: $1,250

Renewal notices for the 2020/21 membership year will be issued starting in June and members will be asked to select the most appropriate category (based on the honour system).

Member News

Local Lab Provides Key Re-opening Resource for Whatcom County Businesses
May 13, 2020 — The Regional Economic Partnership (REP) at the Port of Bellingham is pleased to announce that Northwest Laboratory (NWL) is providing COVID-19 testing services for area Whatcom County businesses, including the local manufacturing community. Following the successful rollout of COVID-19 testing services, NWL developed an employer based solution for companies to test their employees.

“As the economy begins to reopen, protecting the health of our community is everyone’s top priority” said Don Goldberg, Director of the Regional Economic Partnership (REP) at the Port of Bellingham. “Building a strong and sustainable economy is absolutely dependent on our business community taking proactive steps to prevent a spike in COVID infections, including making testing widely available and accessible to all.”

Port of Long Beach Handles Fewer Shipments in April
May 12, 2020 — Economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact trade at the Port of Long Beach in April with fewer cargo containers moving through the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 519,730 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month, down 17.3% from April 2019, which remains the Port’s busiest April on record. Imports slid 20.2% to 253,540 TEUs, while exports declined 17.2% to 102,502 TEUs. Empty containers headed overseas decreased 12.2% to 163,688 TEUs.

The Port moved 2,202,650 TEUs during the first four months of 2020, 9.5% down from the same period in 2019.

“We look forward to a recovery stage and rebounding cargo shipments as the nation contemplates relaxing shelter-in-place orders, people return to work and consumer demand rises –  however it will not be in the short term,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “In the meantime, we continue to collaborate with importers, exporters, terminal operators and labor to develop a recovery plan while ensuring the safe and reliable delivery of goods moving through the Port of Long Beach.”

Port Names Environmental, Business Division Leaders
May 11, 2020 — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved the promotions of two longtime employees to lead the Port of Long Beach’s Environmental Planning and Business Development divisions.

Matt Arms will take over the fulltime role as Director of Environmental Planning after serving as Acting Director. Environmental Planning is the division most directly responsible for the Port’s signature environmental programs: the Green Port Policy and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. Under the 2005 Green Port Policy, a landmark industry initiative, the division coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices. Due to the effectiveness of these programs, total diesel emissions at the Port have dramatically dropped by 87% since 2005, and native wildlife is making a comeback.

Roger Wu also served as Acting Director for the division he leads. The Business Development Division is responsible for maximizing revenue opportunities for the Port by developing business attraction strategies and through close relationships with ocean carriers, cargo owners, terminal operators, labor and supply chain partners.

Port Authority of Guam Installs New Generator on Gantry 6 Crane
May 9, 2020 — The installation of a new C32 generator on Gantry 6 was performed on May 9, 2020. Through proper planning and coordination, the installation was a great success and completed ahead of schedule. Kudos to the Maintenance Management Team, crane mechanics, welders, and corrosion control port employees for their steadfast performance and a job well done.

Independent Seafoods Canada Corporation to base second freezer trawler in Port Alberni
May 1, 2020 — The Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) is proud to announce that Independent Seafoods Canada Corporation (ISCC) will be adding a second freezer trawler, the Sunderoey, to home port dockside to the Raw Spirit at Port Alberni Terminals.

Raw Spirit has made its home port in Port Alberni since 2013 and has provided over 50 direct regular local jobs to crew as well as 20 more jobs for offload activities. The Raw Spirit’s operations have also contributed to job creation for local suppliers and marine trades. It is expected that the new vessel will reflect the same total new jobs upon full deployment. Kelly Andersen, President of ISCC, makes special note that “over 80% of the Raw Spirit’s workforce has come from Port Alberni while an additional 5-7 have moved to the community as a result.” Kelly explains that “these are well-paying jobs that have enabled our relatively young crew to buy homes and start families in the Alberni Valley.” He expects that bringing the Sunderoey, a modern-build vessel with state of the art equipment and creature-comforts for crew, to Port Alberni will more than double the economic impact from jobs created to services and supplies required to keep both vessels operating.