• Breakbulk & Project Cargo
  • 25-26 May 2021 | #Breakbulk21
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Janet Nodar

IHS Markit

Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift, JOC, Maritime & Trade

Based in Mobile, Alabama, Janet Nodar is the JOC’s senior editor for breakbulk, project, and heavy-lift shipping. She previously was a reporter and editor for Gulf Shipper, one of four regional weekly publications that were merged into the JOC in 2008, and later for the JOC’s Breakbulk magazine. From 2013-2018, she was content director for Breakbulk Events & Media, including three years with ITE Group, which acquired the Breakbulk business in 2015. She rejoined the JOC in July 2018 to rebuild the company’s breakbulk and project cargo presence and chairs the Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference in New Orleans. Nodar holds a master’s in English/creative writing and a bachelor’s in finance from the University of South Alabama.

SESSIONS WITH Janet Nodar

Tuesday, 25 May

  • 11:30am - 11:45am (EST) / 25/may/2021 03:30 pm - 25/may/2021 03:45 pm

    General Session

  • 12:20pm - 12:50pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 04:20 pm - 25/may/2021 04:50 pm

    General Session

    The Oil and Gas Outlook: Lower, Greener, and Still Billions of Dollars

    The project cargo supply chain is adapting rapidly to the global energy transition even as it recovers from a painful, pandemic-induced oil price crash that leads to Capex cuts and project delays in 2020. Billions of dollars in capital spending will shift toward renewables over the next five years, as decarbonization changes the makeup of the global energy mix. Oil and gas are far from disappearing, however. Who will produce oil as international oil companies transform themselves into energy companies, and what can the project supply chain expect to see unfolding in the oil and gas industry overall? This session will delve into this complex topic.
  • 12:55pm - 01:25pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 04:55 pm - 25/may/2021 05:25 pm

    General Session

    Post-Pandemic Positioning: The Project Shipper's Perspective

    Cargo owners such as EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) companies and equipment manufacturers are quickly gaining confidence about their post-pandemic prospects as the energy transition takes hold. While 2020 pullbacks in oil and gas projects meant staff cuts and evolving responsibilities for many, other shippers are wrestling with congestion, cargo delays, and equipment shortages as transition-powered business boom, with no letup in sight. This panel of project cargo logistics executives will discuss supply chain pain points, industry issues, and their expectations for the energy transition.
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 05:30 pm - 25/may/2021 06:00 pm

    General Session

    Post-Pandemic Positioning: The Project Forwarder's Perspective

    Project forwarders are facing a rapidly changing breakbulk market as delayed projects come back to life and cargo space gets scarcer in the face of pent-up demand and rising freight costs. Following cuts to internal staff in 2020, shippers are handling fewer logistics functions on their own, which creates opportunities for project forwarders but also means staffing up, renewing or refreshing skill sets, and, often, taking on more risk. Meanwhile, the post-pandemic, early-energy transition market requires more adaptability than ever. This panel of deeply experienced forwarders will discuss managing risk, costs, and opportunities in this tricky but improving market.

  • 02:45pm - 03:15pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 06:45 pm - 25/may/2021 07:15 pm

    General Session

    The State of Steel: 2021

    Demand for a range of steel products is on the upswing in the US as the post-pandemic recovery picks up steam. Steel prices are hovering at near-record levels, outpacing the cost of imports, yet imports remain slow, held back by Section 232 tariffs and quotas and by increasingly stringent oversight of exclusion remedies. Additionally, high freight rates and tight capacity are causing severe pain for anyone in the spot market. Traders are waiting to see what happens with prices and demand, even as import inquiries pick up steam. Some believe we're seeing the leading edge of a commodity boom that will continue to push steel demand and prices, while others expect both to cool off as summer approaches. This panel of industry experts will discuss what they are seeing, how they are managing, and what they expect from the steel market.
  • 04:35pm - 04:50pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 08:35 pm - 25/may/2021 08:50 pm

    General Session

Wednesday, 26 May

  • 11:25am - 11:30am (EST) / 26/may/2021 03:25 pm - 26/may/2021 03:30 pm

    General Session

  • 12:05pm - 12:25pm (EST) / 26/may/2021 04:05 pm - 26/may/2021 04:25 pm

    General Session

    The Multipurpose Shipping and Fleet Outlook From Drewry and Toepfer Transport

    While late-COVID recovery and cargo spillover resulting from a congested container market and rising commodity prices are energizing the breakbulk market in the short term, the longer-term outlook is far more opaque. In this can't-miss session, analysts from Drewry and Toepfer Transport will clarify the most important trends in today's breakbulk market, including demand drivers, the makeup of the fleet, and newbuilding activity.  
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm (EST) / 26/may/2021 04:30 pm - 26/may/2021 05:00 pm

    General Session

    High Tide: An MPV Carrier Roundtable

    Wind energy, restarting oil and gas projects, climbing bulk cargo prices, and an unbalanced container shipping supply chain are combining to ramp up breakbulk shipping demand and push multipurpose and heavy-lift freight rates to long-unseen levels, much to the chagrin of project and breakbulk shippers. Forward bookings stretch into the fall, something not seen in this sector for many years. Still, late-COVID issues such as port congestion and the crew change crisis continue to complicate shipping, while lingering overcapacity, limited financing options, and a lack of clarity around low-carbon fuels put a damper on investment. Although breakbulk carrier executives don't think the current hectic market will last, some see reasons for continued optimism. This panel of carrier executives will discuss the positives and negatives that continue to unfold in the late-COVID breakbulk market.
  • 03:05pm - 03:35pm (EST) / 26/may/2021 07:05 pm - 26/may/2021 07:35 pm

    General Session

    A Mighty Offshore Wind: What a Wind Energy Boom Would Mean for Project Logistics

    For wind developers, equipment manufacturers, and project logistics service providers, news that the Biden administration will push the United States' nascent offshore wind energy industry to install 30 gigawatts by 2030 means an already-thriving industry segment is set to boom. With this commitment, the US joins a massive global drive to build out offshore wind. However, offshore logistics are highly specialized and strongly affected by regulations such as the Jones Act. Enthusiasm is high, but can everyone participate? During this session, experts in this specialized sector will examine the focused logistics scope and significant barriers to entry that characterize offshore wind project logistics, particularly in the US. 
  • 03:40pm - 03:55pm (EST) / 26/may/2021 07:40 pm - 26/may/2021 07:55 pm

    General Session

    The Jones Act: Implications for US Offshore Wind

    Offshore wind is poised to boom in the US, but understanding the ins and outs of the Jones Act is crucial for project owners, EPCs, and logistics service providers who want to participate. The Jones Act, strongly supported by the Biden administration, requires that cargoes moved between US ports be carried by US-flagged and -crewed ships — including between US ports and offshore wind installation sites. In this session, Charlie Papavizas, chair of the maritime practice with Winston & Strawn, will discuss the implications of the Jones Act for offshore wind construction and project logistics.   
  • 04:00pm - 04:15pm (EST) / 26/may/2021 08:00 pm - 26/may/2021 08:15 pm

    General Session

    Breakbulk and the Crew Change Crisis

    In the wake of COVID-19, the crew change crisis continues to affect global shipping, including the breakbulk sector. This humanitarian crisis is complicating shipping schedules, adding to operating costs, reducing safety at sea, and jeopardizing project supply chains. What can or should shippers do to help mitigate the risks? Global logistics consultant Dennis Mottola offers a framework of specific actions that breakbulk and project shippers can take to address the crisis and associated risks. 
  • 04:50pm - 05:00pm (EST) / 26/may/2021 08:50 pm - 26/may/2021 09:00 pm

    General Session