The 2017 JOC Gulf Shipping Conference will provide information and insights that cargo owners can use to plan and execute shipments of container, breakbulk, and project cargoes through US Gulf ports. At their core, JOC Events create value for beneficial cargo owners, including retailers, manufacturers, consumer product firms and energy agribusiness organizations, through intensive programming that addresses key operational, pricing, and strategic challenges shippers face when leveraging end-to-end container shipping services in support of their supply chains.
THEME: RISE OF THE US GULF - ARE PORTS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF SURGING VOLUMES?
Gulf ports handle a wide variety of containerized and breakbulk cargoes. This presents unique challenges and opportunities for shippers, carriers, and service providers. Container imports through the region’s ports are increasing with new all-water services from Asia, while exports are expected to surge as petrochemical resin production expands.
Annual resin exports from the Gulf region are forecast to rise by 300,000 to 500,000 TEUs within the next three years. How will manufacturers export this volume? Are existing carrier services adequate to meet demand? Will carriers add or expand services? Will resin exporters find enough empty containers? How much of the Gulf’s resins volume will shippers route to other coasts? How will Gulf ports compete on costs? What’s the role of rail and truck? What are manufacturers’ plans? What about transit times, terminal efficiency, labor productivity, and rates? Will import volume be sufficient to balance export growth? What challenges do import shippers face? How are railroads coordinating their intermodal services with port expansion projects, and what does this mean for ocean carrier services? When will the Panama Canal expansion’s impact be felt more fully? What’s the outlook for transshipment and direct north-south trade?
The Gulf is also the top US region for breakbulk and project shipments. It’s the center of US petrochemical production and has unparalleled barge and rail connections to the US interior. What’s the demand outlook for non-containerized cargo? Will protectionism dampen trade flows? Are ports investing enough to handle larger, heavier shipments? How will ports balance breakbulk and containerized cargo needs? Which ports will see the fastest growth?
The 2017 JOC Gulf Shipping Conference will examine these and other topics, with a view to the full scope of the region, From the west coast of Florida to the east coast of Texas.
TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:
- The petrochemical resins outlook. Will carriers and equipment be in place to handle growth?
- The economic outlook for the Gulf and its ports.
- Intermodal rail connections: How viable? What improvements do shippers need?
- Container-on-barge: A new solution for equipment repositioning?
- US-Mexico trade: Ocean or land — best options for shippers
- Automotive trade: The Gulf’s next big growth accelerator
- Breakbulk/project cargo: Is a turnaround in sight?