May 14 - 16, 2017
Houston, TX

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 

 
7:30 AM — 4:00 PM
 

REGISTRATION

Location: TBD

 

 
 

 
8:15 — 8:55 AM
 

NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Location: TBD

 

 
 

 
8:55 — 9:00 AM
 

WELCOME REMARKS

Location: TBD

 
 
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
Breakbulk/Project Cargo and US Gulf Coast,
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 

 
9:00 — 10:00 AM
 

THE RESINS OUTLOOK: FULFILLING SHIPPER NEEDS IN AN AGE OF EXPLODING DEMAND

Location: TBD

Containerized exports of resins from the Gulf region are expected to rise by as much as 500,000 TEUs a year by 2021, with large-scale production kicking in this year. Nearly 9.4 million metric tons a year of new polyethylene capacity in North America is targeted to begin production between 2016 and 2021, with the first wave starting this year, according to IHS Chemical. That represents more than a third of the 24 million metric tons in additional production that will be pumped out globally over that time. Most of the expanded production is ticketed for Asian markets, but Europe also is expecting double-digit growth in demand. This session will analyze the massive demand about to come on line, how well Gulf ports are positioned to handle it, and initiatives in place or planned to help fulfill what shippers require.

 
— SESSION CHAIR —
Mark Szakonyi
Executive Editor,
JOC.com, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

— PANELISTS —
Edward Zaninelli
President,
Griffin Creek Consulting

 
10:00 — 11:00 AM
 

IMPORTING THROUGH THE GULF: ARE SERVICE PROVIDERS MEETING SHIPPER NEEDS?

Location: TBD

Cargo at Gulf ports historically has been dominated by exports, but that’s starting to change. Population growth, manufacturing expansion, and problems on other coasts are encouraging growth in containerized imports through the region’s ports. During the last year, carriers have added or expanded all-water services to the Gulf from Asia, and other services are being discussed. It’s still a tough competitive environment, however. Gulf ports must compete with faster transit times for Asian shipments using intermodal routings through West Coast ports, and frequent services and improving rail connections via the South Atlantic. Attracting import cargo to Gulf ports has an important export component: Petrochemical shippers need empty containers to load growing volumes of synthetic resins for export. This panel discussion will feature beneficial cargo owners who will provide insights on cargo demand, port competition, and challenges and opportunities for imports through Gulf ports.

 
— SESSION CHAIR —
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
Breakbulk/Project Cargo and US Gulf Coast,
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

— PANELISTS —
Patrick Poole
Senior Director,
Supply Chain,
Igloo Corp.

 
11:00 — 11:30 AM
 

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Location: TBD

 
 

 
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
 

REFRIGERATED CARGO: WHY THIS GULF STAPLE IS ABOUT TO HEAT UP

Location: TBD

Refrigerated cargo at Gulf ports means more than bananas, which are top commodities at Gulfport, Galveston, and Port Freeport. Poultry, produce and other perishables are important cargoes throughout the region, and ports are gearing up to handle more. Houston is adding perishables warehouses. Gulfport is an emerging perishables transshipment point and has made refrigerated shipments a central port of its post-Katrina rebuilding. Ports such as Tampa and New Orleans also have expanded reefer capacity. How do Gulf ports stack up in competition with perishables import centers on other coasts? What’s driving market trends? How do Gulf ports fit distribution patterns? What are the strategic and operational challenges?

 
— SESSION CHAIR —
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
Breakbulk/Project Cargo and US Gulf Coast,
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

— PANELISTS —
Jonathan Daniels
Executive Director and CEO,
Mississippi State Port Authority

 

Wade Elliott
Vice President,
Marketing & Business Development,
Port Tampa Bay

 
12:30 — 1:30 PM
 

NETWORKING LUNCH

Location: TBD

 
 

 
1:30 — 2:30 PM
 

PORT PERSPECTIVES I: A DISCUSSION WITH THE GULF’S CONTAINER PORT LEADERS

Location: TBD

Container trade through the Gulf is changing rapidly. The region’s three largest container ports — Houston, New Orleans, and Mobile — are expanding container facilities while continuing to serve breakbulk and project markets. Houston is investing $2 billion to expand facilities and is working with local governments to improve intermodal connectors. New Orleans is updating its master plan to prepare for growth. Proposed distribution centers will cement Mobile’s position as a regular port call for all-water services from Asia. Executives from these ports will provide an unvarnished look at what’s ahead, and will answer questions on how they’ll meet expected challenges and what shippers should expect.

 
— SESSION CHAIR —
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
Breakbulk/Project Cargo and US Gulf Coast,
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

— PANELISTS —
Roger Guenther
Executive Director,
Port of Houston Authority

 

Brandy Christian
President and CEO,
Port of New Orleans

 

Frank Fogarty
Vice President,
Trade & Development,
Alabama State Port Authority

 
2:30 — 3:15 PM
 

PORT PERSPECTIVES II:
A DISCUSSION WITH LEADERS OF REGIONAL AND SPECIALIZED GULF PORTS

Location: TBD

Gulf ports defy easy categorization. Unlike container-dominated ports on other coasts, many Gulf ports also handle breakbulk, project and bulk cargoes. Some have developed specialties in forest products, steel, construction materials, bagged food, and other cargoes that don’t necessarily move in containers. What special considerations go into handling these cargoes? What trends are driving these markets? How are these ports investing to maintain or hone their edge in breakbulk/project markets and meet shipper needs? What market challenges and opportunities do they see? Top executives at several ports will offer their perspectives.

 
— SESSION CHAIR —
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
Breakbulk/Project Cargo and US Gulf Coast,
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

— PANELISTS —
Bill Rase
Executive Director,
Port of Lake Charles

 

Eduardo Campirano
Director and CEO,
Port of Brownsville

 

Matty Appice
CPE™,
Chief Commercial Officer,
Port Manatee

 
3:15 — 3:30 PM
 

CLOSING REMARKS

Location: TBD

 
 

 
3:30 — 5:30 PM
 

ON LOCATION:
A JOC-LED SITE TOUR -- TO BE ANNOUNCED

Location: TBD

 
 

 
3:30 — 5:30 PM
 

SHIPPER ROUNDTABLE

Location: TBD

A special, off-the-record discussion of the issues dominating the shipping, trucking and intermodal markets in the US Gulf. By Reservation Only for Shippers.

 
— SPONSORED BY —

sponsor

 

— ROUNDTABLE LEADERS —
Mark Szakonyi
Executive Editor,
JOC.com, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
Breakbulk/Project Cargo and US Gulf Coast,
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
 
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