To bring together representatives of shipping lines, marine terminals, engineering companies, port authorities, importers and exporters, motor carriers, labor unions, and technology providers to identify best practices and options to improve productivity at container terminals that, at times, have become a bottleneck in the North American supply chain.
CONFERENCE THEME: EXPLORING NEW ROUTES TO TRUE PORT EFFICIENCY
North American ports have done a good job deepening their harbors and modernizing their terminals, road and rail connectors to accommodate mega-ships, but are they addressing the antiquated cargo-handling processes that inhibit optimization of these costly assets? Container exchanges as large as 10,000 moves per vessel call can overwhelm the container yard and create gridlock at the terminal gates if not managed properly. Ocean carriers, terminal operators, beneficial cargo owners, truckers, railroads, and equipment providers are now able to share shipment data in real time, in a secure environment, in order to improve performance, but too often that information remains siloed, not due to any technological shortcomings, but because of a lack of trust among supply-chain partners. The good news is that some ports are improving terminal productivity through extended gates, trucker appointments, and creative cargo-handling processes such as container dray-offs and peel-offs. The advent of port portals to foster shipment data sharing among all port stakeholders in a real-time environment in Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey is creating a template that other ports can tailor to meet their individual needs. Will 2019 be the year when these endeavors come together to produce real results in port performance?
ANALYZING THE LANDSCAPE: Exclusive research on performance metrics at North American ports and terminals, analysis of where the major bottlenecks exist, and what's being done about them.
DETENTION AND DEMURRAGE: What the FMC's investigation into alleged unfair fees by ocean carriers and terminal operators will yield for beneficial cargo owners.
PORT PORTALS: How are collaborative systems among industry stakeholders improving cargo flow for shippers?
EXTENDED GATES 2.0: Where they exist, how they are evolving, who's next, and what it all means for importers and exporters.
PORT FUNDING: What opportunities are available for hedge funds, pension funds and other investors to provide the capital for startup ventures.
PORT AND TERMINAL TECHNOLOGY: What tools are available to terminal operators, truckers, and equipment providers to expedite the hand-off of containers between the terminal and drayage operators?
LONGSHORE LABOR: Long-term peace has come to all three US coasts. What does it mean for advances in port productivity?
SHIPPER-LED CASE STUDIES: Specific examples of how shippers and their logistics, technology, and transportation providers are working together to overcome specific problems and challenges.
George Boyle, CEO, Quik Pick Express
David Casey, Senior Director, Port Solutions, GE Transportation
John Cushing, President and CEO, PierPass Inc.
Rebecca Dye, Commissioner, US Federal Maritime Commission
Joe Gasperov, President, ILWU Local 63 Marine Clerks Association
Daniel Hackett, Partner, Hackett Associates
Jeffrey Holt, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets
Weston LaBar, CEO, Harbor Trucking Association
Dean McGrath, President, ILWU Local 23
Daniel Smith, Principal, The Tioga Group
Allen Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer, Advent Intermodal Solutions