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Peter Tirschwell

IHS Markit

Vice President, Maritime & Trade

Peter Tirschwell is vice president within the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit, publisher of 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, 25 May

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

    General Session

  • 11:45am - 12:15pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 03:45 pm - 25/may/2021 04:15 pm

    General Session

    The Global Economic Outlook From IHS Markit: Not Out of the Woods

    It's been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and while optimism is now stirring as vaccines are more widely distributed, IHS Markit Chief International Economist Elisabeth Waelbroeck-Rocha cautions that the pace of recovery remains uncertain. Even beyond the pandemic, numerous risks cloud the global economic outlook, including fractious geopolitics, the threat of inflation, potential supply chain disruptions, and debt sustainability — or the lack thereof. An unfolding global integration of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) criteria into business and policy decision-making have major implications for the future of the global economy, as well as for global trade. Waelbroeck-Rocha, who has worked with many public and private sector organizations, including the European Commission, and is an expert on public policy and the effects of external economic shocks, will discuss the short- and medium-term implications of these uncertainties on global business activity, investment, and trade.  

Wednesday, 26 May

  • 04:20pm - 04:50pm (EST) / 26/may/2021 08:20 pm - 26/may/2021 08:50 pm

    General Session

    Post-Pandemic Project Assessment: What Did We Learn?

    Assessing the financial strength and business sustainability capacity of shippers and logistics service providers gained glaring new importance in 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions upended global trade. A whipsaw late-COVID market continued into 2021, pushing up freight transportation rates and squeezing capacity even as projects began moving again and growth in renewables continued to be strong. What lessons did COVID-19 teach the project sector? What stays, what goes, and what is increasingly important? This panel of shippers and service providers will share their takeaways in this roundtable discussion.