December 11 - 12, 2018
Newark, New Jersey

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

 

 

 
7:30 AM — 2:00 PM
 

Registration

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 


 
7:30 — 8:30 AM
 

 Networking Breakfast

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 
8:30 — 8:35 AM
 

Welcome Remarks

Location: Salon AB

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

 
8:35 — 9:30 AM
 

Investing in the Future:
Where Is Port Funding Heading

Location: Salon AB

Equity investors in seaports are expanding their definition of infrastructure beyond the marine terminals to include logistics centers, off-dock container storage depots, stop-start yards for chassis storage, and other creative-use activities to enhance cargo velocity in container ports. Because it will be difficult to build new marine terminals at land-starved ports, equity investors see many opportunities to turn unused parcels into revenue-producing projects that enhance port productivity. The projects range in size from the small stop-start locations for chassis that the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are developing to the 110-acre Harbor Performance Enhancement Center for container dray-offs in Los Angeles to redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base into a 360-acre logistics center for transloading and other freight-handling activities. In this session, three equity investors will discuss what they look for in a potential infrastructure project, where the money is flowing today, and where it could go in the future.

 
— Panelists —
Vincent (Vince) Belcastro
Managing Director and Group Head,
Santander Corporate Equipment Finance

 

Brian Blake
Vice President,
Infrastructure Private Equity,
Macquarie Group

 

Jonathan Rosenthal
CEO,
Saybrook

 
9:30 — 10:15 AM
 

Technology and Port Productivity:
Examining the Opportunities

Location: Salon AB

 
— Session Chair —
Eric Johnson
Senior Editor,
Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Panelists —
Luc Castera
Founder and CEO,
Octopi

 

Eric Klein
Co-Founder and CEO,
Crux Systems

 
10:15 — 10:45 AM
 

 Networking Break

Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 
10:45 — 11:45 AM
 

Visibility at the Gates:
The Quest for Reliable Turn-Time Data

Location: Salon AB

If you can’t measure it, you can’t fix it. If there’s one problem that needs fixing at container terminals, it’s trucker turn times. The Harbor Trucking Association in Southern California has been measuring turn times since 2013 and publishing the results so terminal operators and drayage operators can improve their performance at the terminal gates. Now the move to measure and publish turn times is spreading to Oakland and the Northwest Seaport Alliance. What are East Coast ports doing to address trucker concerns about terminal congestion?

 
— Session Chair —
Hugh Morley
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Panelists —
Weston LaBar
President and CEO,
Harbor Trucking Association

 

Jeffrey Bader
President,
Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers,
and CEO,
Golden Carriers Inc.

 
11:45 AM — 12:30 PM
 

The Canadian View of Port Productivity

Location: Salon AB

With Canadian import growth outpacing gains in the US, Canadian ports are increasingly challenged by the surges caused by mega-ship calls and shippers’ need for faster inland delivery. Canadian container volume this year will be at least equal to the 7 percent growth in 2017, Maersk Group expects. Delays at some of the major ports during the 2017 peak season served as a wakeup call to stakeholders ranging from marine terminals to railroads that higher domestic demand and steady use by US importers looking for routing alternatives required a more aggressive approach. Armed with a bold infrastructure plan and technology innovations to speed up truck turn times more, Canadian ports are working to ensure that they can handle the growth and increased speed demand for their countrymen and US importers keen to diversify their routing.

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

 

— Panelists —
Marc Bibeau
President and CEO,
OEC Group

 

Daniel Dagenais
Vice President,
Operations,
Port of Montreal

 

Greg Rogge
Director,
Land Operations,
Port of Vancouver

 
12:30 — 1:30 PM
 

 Networking Lunch

Location: Salon CD

 
 

 
1:30 — 2:15 PM
 

With Labor Peace Secured, Will Productivity Gains Follow?

Location: Salon AB

If there’s one trend consistent for terminal operators that outperform their peers, it’s that they have a close working relationship with their longshore unions. The dockworkers in the trenches experience firsthand the impact of mega-ships on cargo-handling, and they have strong suggestions for employers on how changes in operating procedures can produce better service for BCOs and their truckers and cost reductions for terminal operators. With labor peace assured until 2022 on the West Coast and 2024 on the East and Gulf coasts following contract extensions by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the International Longshoremen’s Association, the question now is whether those agreements will lead to productivity gains on the docks. Working longshoremen from both unions will address that and more in this highly anticipated roundtable discussion.

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

 

— Panelists —
Joe Gasperov
President,
ILWU Local 63

 

Dean McGrath
President,
ILWU Local 23
 

 
2:15 — 3:00 PM
 

Double Vision:
A Perspective of Port Productivity From Both Sides of the Street

Location: Salon AB

BCOs no longer leave it up to their service providers to ensure that marine terminals handle their cargo quickly and efficiently and treat their truckers like valued consumers of their services. Logistics experts at retailers and other importers and exporters conduct on-site visits at the marine terminals and judge the performance of the terminals based on key performance indicators. BCOs will switch their bookings to other carriers if the terminals where the ships call consistently underperform. At the same time, many former BCOs now work on the provider side, and vice versa, bringing a dual perspective and greater understanding to the port productivity challenges that both sides face, while also having bought and sold international transportation services moving through North American ports. This concluding panel to the 2018 Port Performance North America Conference will feature shippers and former shippers in a roundtable format discussing the state of port productivity, their strategies to build more efficiency into their supply chain networks and service offerings, while analyzing what they’ve heard over the two days of the conference.

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

 

— Panelists —
Dale Butterfield
Head of North American BCO & Landside Sales,
APM Terminals

 

Dean Tracy
Executive Vice President,
RCS Logistics

 

Deborah Ryan
Vice President,
Global Transportation and Logistics,
Ascena Retail Group

 

Jeff Evanoff
VVice President,
Business Development,
Midwest Region,
RCS Logistics

 
3:00 — 3:15 PM
 

Closing Remarks With Awards

Location: Salon AB

Based on JOC Port Productivity data, JOC Events will recognize the top three ports and top three terminals in North America for 2017.

 
 

 
3:30 — 5:30 PM
 

JOC SHIPPER ROUNDTABLE

BY RESERVATION ONLY FOR BCOs

Location: Elizabeth Salon H

This exclusive, shipper-only discussion facilitated by JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi and Senior Editor Bill Mongelluzzo will bring together beneficial cargo owners in an off-the-record meeting to exchange ideas and potential solutions to the numerous challenges confronting supply chain stakeholders. Among the topics of discussion will be port and terminal efficiency, the impact of ocean carrier consolidation, mega-vessels and new alliances, new and upcoming regulatory requirements, and market and pricing trends.

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

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