USACE-HD partners with Pacific Ports

| January 26, 2012 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen (center), commander, USACE-HD, discusses civil works and regulatory issues with, from left to right, Richard Dodge,  2011-2012 APP vice president, and commissioner, Port of Redwood City, Calif.; Milton Yoshimoto,  program manager, CW; and Dave Hunt, executive director, APP.

Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen (center), commander, USACE-HD, discusses civil works and regulatory issues with, from left to right, Richard Dodge, 2011-2012 APP vice president, and commissioner, Port of Redwood City, Calif.; Milton Yoshimoto, program manager, CW; and Dave Hunt, executive director, APP.

Joseph Bonfiglio
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

KAPOLEI — The commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, recently attended the Association of Pacific Ports’ winter conference at the J.W. Marriot’s Ihilani Resort Hotel and Spa, here.

Lt. Col. Douglas Guttormsen presented a briefing, the “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Your Partner in the Pacific.”

He updated the APP with the latest information on the corps’ civil works, navigation and regulatory missions in the Pacific.

Guttormsen’s briefing focused on the corps’ unique roles and authorities in the region and how port leaders can best partner with the corps by planning far ahead due to the long range nature of civil works and regulatory projects.

“Outreach and cooperative planning with the public and various stakeholders, including the corps, is the key to ensuring a successful project,” Guttormsen said.

According to Guttormsen, USACE and the APP have a common purpose.

“There’s a lot of synergy in the services that each of our organizations provides,” he said.

According to David Hunt, director, APP, the corps’ unique expertise and experience in infrastructure investments were invaluable for conference attendees.

“We come to Hawaii because of its central location and the fact that it depends on maritime commerce,” Hunt said. “Hawaii and other Pacific islands cannot function without maritime commerce, and none of these ports function without the assistance of (USACE).

“I thought that Lt. Col. Guttormsen had it right this morning when he talked about the partnership between the corps and ports because it is so critical,” Hunt added.

“Unless there is a regular dredging and (unless) regular maintenance and jetties are maintained, there won’t be effective access in and out of ports, and without that, nothing in Hawaii or the whole Pacific region functions,” Hunt concluded.

The APP brings together leaders from ports and businesses from across the Pacific to build partnerships and share best practices. Leaders learn what is working and what isn’t as ports throughout the Pacific face similar challenges in different environments.

 

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