• April 19-21, 2023 | New Orleans, Louisiana
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Peter Tirschwell

S&P Global

Vice President, Maritime & Trade, and Supply Chain

Peter Tirschwell is vice president within the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit, which publishes and produces The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, PIERS maritime trade data, and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS Markit, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief, and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his nearly 30-year career with the company. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.

Sessions With Peter Tirschwell

Tuesday, 26 April

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm (CST) / 26/apr/2022 04:30 pm - 26/apr/2022 05:15 pm

    Oil and Gas Outlook: Prices, Uncertainty, and the State of the Energy Transition

    Russia’s attack on Ukraine, global sanctions against Russian oil, and skyrocketing oil prices changed the picture for oil and gas production abruptly and completely in February and March. High prices and tight global supplies are likely to galvanize onshore production again, at least in the near term. Oil and gas industry construction projects, onshore and off, are a fundamental driver of breakbulk and project cargo volumes, but this potential demand for alternative sources of fossil fuel energy comes at a time when tonnage is scarce, rates are high, shippers are competing for cargo space, and the energy transition is gaining momentum. On top of the fraught geopolitical situation, a resurgence of COVID-19 could change the picture swiftly and dramatically. Will US onshore production play swing producer again? Will operators reopen the capex purse strings? And what are the implications for the energy transition, short term and further out? Is the nascent energy transition sustainable? Jim Burkhard, vice president and head of S&P Global’s crude oil research, will share his knowledgeable, unvarnished perspective and provide valuable insight on the present and future status of the oil and gas industry for the breakbulk industry. 

Wednesday, 27 April

  • 09:45am - 10:45am (CST) / 27/apr/2022 02:45 pm - 27/apr/2022 03:45 pm

    The Fleet of the Future: A Conversation With MPV Executives

    The multipurpose and heavy-lift fleet is benefiting from a white-hot carrier market and a consolidating sector but facing tough, multimillion-dollar decisions on fleet renewal. After years of overcapacity in the sector, a looming vessel shortage in an already-tight market is rattling nerves across the project cargo supply chain. Why are so few new vessels on order? A lack of yard space and high building costs are significant factors, but looming even larger are questions about what designs, engines, and technology will work for vessels expected to operate for 20 years or more in a low-carbon or carbon-neutral future. What will regulators and shippers require from their carriers in terms of low-carbon footprints and Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria? And what should or can carriers require of their clients? This incisive discussion with four executives from leading multipurpose carriers will analyze these questions and more.