December 11 - 12, 2018
Newark, New Jersey

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

 

 

 
7:30 AM — 5:00 PM
 

Registration

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 


 
7:30 — 8:30 AM
 

 Welcome Breakfast

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 
8:30 — 8:45 AM
 

Welcome Remarks

Location: Salon AB

 
Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

Bill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 
8:45 — 9:30 AM
 

Keynote Address

Location: Salon AB

Five North American container terminals have automated their operations — in Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Norfolk, and Lazaro Cardenas — but are they achieving the productivity gains they anticipated, and paid a great deal for? In order to handle the container surges generated by mega-ships, as well as rising cargo volumes overall, North American ports must become accelerators of cargo velocity rather than impediments in the international supply chain. Dean Davison, Technical Director of WSP, will open the 2018 Port Performance North America Conference with the state of productivity at North American ports, and address the following questions: How do ports in the US, Canada, and Mexico compare with ports in Asia and North Europe in handling mega-ships of 10,000 TEU and greater? Where are the shortfalls in productivity in vessel, yard, on-dock rail and gate operations, and what’s being done to address them?

 
— Speaker Introduction —
Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Keynote Speaker —
Dean Davison
Technical Director,
Maritime,
WSP

 
9:30 — 10:45 AM
 

State of the Ports:
A Deep Dive Into North America’s Hot Spots

Location: Salon AB

When fog problems in Shanghai threw vessels off schedule last winter, it created a knock-on effect in North America, where the ships arrived late at US ports, and serving as another reminder about the urgency for quick vessel turn times. Even in ideal conditions, vessel operations in US ports face challenges related to growing cargo surges that overwhelm the container yard, resulting in crippling congestion and long truck lines at the gates that add hours to the transportation move. In this kickoff panel discussion, JOC Global Ports Editor Turloch Mooney will analyze the latest IHS Markit vessel-at-berth productivity data, examine how North American ports compare with Asian and European parts, and reveal what’s driving the superior performance of overseas ports in quickly turning mega-ships in port. Industry consultants Dan Smith and Daniel Hackett will join Mooney to discuss their original research into the varying causes of vessel, yard, and gate congestion at East, Gulf, and West Coast ports, and provide performance metrics the ports should strive to achieve to most effectively serve the ultimate customer, the BCO.

 
— Session Chair —
Bill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Panelists —
Daniel Hackett
Partner,
Hackett Associates

 

Turloch Mooney
Senior Editor,
Global Ports,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

Daniel S. Smith
Principal,
Tioga Group

 
10:45 — 11:15 AM
 

 Networking Break

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 
11:15 AM — 12:00 PM
 

Detention and Demurrage:
Analyzing the FMC’s Findings

Location: Salon AB

Detention and demurrage charges by ocean carriers are the bane of BCOs and truckers, especially because they’re often charged these fees even when their late pickup or return of equipment is due to circumstances beyond their control. Those charges alone can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, through no fault of their own, shippers say. Although detentionand demurrage charges ebb and flow — peaking during times of equipment shortages, port labor, weather, or other disruptions, for example — they're enough of a concern that the Federal Maritime Commission conducted a multi-year investigation into the issue, with a final report due just as the Port Performance North America Conference opens. FMC Commissioner Rebecca Dye and private-sector members of the FMC’s advisory group will discuss what the agency’s probe has unearthed and possible ways for the industry to move forward.

 
— Session Chair —
Mark Szakonyi
Executive Editor,
JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Featured Speaker —
Rebecca F. Dye
Commissioner,
Federal Maritime Commission

 
12:00 — 1:00 PM
 

 Networking Lunch

Location: Salon CD

 
 

 
1:00 — 2:00 PM
 

Port Portals in the Information Age:
Are They Ready for Prime Time?

Location: Salon AB

Information on shipments is potentially available 10 to 14 days before vessels arrive in North America, but the data remains walled off from supply chain partners because of a lack of trust among partners in the international logistics chain. “Until that problem is solved, it will be a big hurdle to participation,” Jon Slangerup, CEO of American Global Logistics, told JOC.com in July. Seaports and private sector vendors are developing information portals, but the technologies beg for a single platform through which all vendors can connect. Jennifer Schopfer, vice president of transportation logistics at GE Transportation, which is operating a “system of systems” port information portal in Southern California, told the TPM Conference in Long Beach in March that’s exactly what the portal seeks to achieve. “We want to partner with other technologies,” she said. That portal, in particular appears poised to scale up. After launching the pilot program in Los Angeles in late 2016, and adding several Long Beach terminals this year, the portal is working to bring dozens of other ports in North America and abroad into the fold. And while that’s the trailblazer, other ports, including Oakland and the Pacific Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma have their own platforms. Panelists in this session will provide an update on the status of development of port information portals and the quest for a secure, single platform.

 
— Session Chair —
Bill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Panelists —
David Casey
Senior Director,
Port Solutions,
GE Transportation

 

Peter Schneider
Executive Vice President,
T.G.S. Transportation

 

Jon Slangerup
CEO,
American Global Logistics

 

Allen Thomas
Chief Strategy Officer,
Advent Intermodal Solutions

 
2:00 — 3:00 PM
 

Extended Gates 2.0:
The Future of Fee-Based Gate Programs

Location: Salon AB

The PierPass extended gates program is poised to undergo its first significant reform since it was launched in Los Angeles-Long Beach in 2006, with terminal operators’ goal to replace the congestion pricing model with a flat fee. GCT Canada, meanwhile, is wrapping up a six-month pilot of a flat-fee model for pricing its extended-gates program. Is this the new direction terminal operators are headed as they make their extended gates programs more equitable and user-friendly? What are terminal operators in other ports considering as they deal with the reality that the old operating model of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday is no longer adequate to handle growing cargo volumes? This session will examine how we got to this point in the extended gates debate, how extended gates are changing, what other ports and terminals are considering them, and what it all means for BCOs.

 
— Panelists —
John Cushing
President and CEO,
PierPass Inc.

 

Dave Earle
President and CEO,
British Columbia Trucking Association

 

Bethann Rooney
Assistant Director,
Strategy and Innovation,
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

 
3:00 — 3:30 PM
 

 Networking Break

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

   

 
3:30 — 4:30 PM
 

Innovations in Port Drayage in the ELD Era

Location: Salon AB

Implementation of the federal electronic logging device requirement in December 2017 may have exacerbated the truck capacity shortage, but it also motivated trucking companies to address those capacity issues with creative solutions such as establishing intermediate depots for longer-haul trips, pre-pulling containers from marine terminals and storing them overnight for next-day delivery, and establishing dedicated drayage fleets. These measures complement existing strategies such as dray-offs and peel-off piles to improve efficiency of gate operations at US ports. This panel of drayage operators and solutions providers will examine how the industry is evolving as the impact of the ELD mandate intensifies.

 
— Panelists —
George Boyle
President and CEO,
Quik Pick Express

 

Ken Kellaway
Co-Founder, President and CEO,
RoadOne IntermodaLogistics

 

Reade Kidd
President and Co-Founder,
E*DRAY Collaborative Port Logistics

 
4:30 — 5:15 PM
 

Case Study

Location: Salon AB

Case studies at JOC events offer a glimpse of the issues shippers face in their supply chain networks and how they are partnering with thair logistics and transportation providers to resolve them.

 
 

 
5:15 — 6:45 PM
 

 Networking Reception

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

 
 

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