April 16 - 18, 2018
Houston, TX

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


8:00 AM — 3:00 PM


Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer



8:30 — 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer


9:00 — 9:05 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Salons F-G

Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

9:00 — 9:45 AM

Day 2 Keynote Address

Location: Salons F-G

— Introduced By —
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit


— Keynote Speaker —
Edward M. Emmett
Harris County (Texas) Judge

9:45 — 10:45 AM

Port Perspectives:
A Roundtable Discussion with The Gulf’s Big 3 Container Ports

Location: Salons F-G

Change is afoot in the Gulf’s container trades. New all-water Panama Canal services have made Asia the region’s fastest-growing market, and the region’s three main container ports are investing to keep pace. Port Houston, which said its 2017 volumes grew 14 percent to more than 2.4 million TEU last year, is investing $1.2 billion in expansion and modernization of its container terminals. The Port of New Orleans in January approved a $300,000 engineering contract to study the feasibility of developing a second container terminal to accommodate the port’s 4.5 percent annual compound annual growth rate over the last decade by handling larger ships and providing more expansion place. The potential project is part of a master plan the port will release shortly before the Gulf Shipping Conference. At Mobile, APM Terminals is expanding its container terminal to meet growing demand that will be fueled further by Wal-Mart’s opening of a 2.6 million-square-foot import distribution center. The new facility will bolster the three Asian all-water services at Mobile, which ranks second to Houston in import traffic among US Gulf ports. Executives from the ports will share details of their ports’ plans and answer questions on what shippers can expect.

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


— Panelists —
Roger Guenther
Executive Director,
Port Houston


Brandy Christian
President and CEO,
Port of New Orleans


Frank Fogarty
Vice President,
Trade and Development,
Alabama State Port Authority

10:45 — 11:15 AM

Networking Break

Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer


11:15 AM — 12:15 PM

Breakbulk Breakdown:
The Outlook for Steel, Forest Products, and Other Non-Containerized Commodities

Location: Salons F-G

It looks like a buyer’s market for breakbulk and project rates through much of 2018, despite vessel supply and demand edging closer toward balance. Breakbulk and project shipping demand and rates have been in the doldrums since the Great Recession, and low commodity prices softened just as carriers were taking delivery of new ships. For carriers, the result has been years of red ink. Now the supply-demand balance is gradually starting to right itself. Drewry Maritime Research expects scrapping of multipurpose vessels to match or exceed deliveries while demand rises during the next two years. Drewry forecasts MPV demand will rise 2.3 percent this year and 3.7 percent in 2019. With US Gulf ports serving as gateways for project cargoes and other non-containerized goods — including petrochemical and refinery construction equipment, steel, wind turbines, forest products, bagged goods and natural rubber, each of which has unique characteristics and challenges, the market outlook is critical for freight stakeholders up and down the supply chain. This diverse panel will offer informed perspectives on cargo demand, carrier competition, port capacity, rail and truck service, trade policies that influence movement of commodity and project cargoes, and the outlook for these cargoes on the Gulf.

— Session Chair —
Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit


— Panelists —
Andy Powell
Chartering Director,
G2 Ocean US Inc.


Sean Strawbridge
Port of Corpus Christi Authority


Edwin Bastian
Global Sales Director,
BBC Chartering USA

12:15 — 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer


1:30 — 2:30 PM

A New Era for Trucking:
The Impact on Capacity from Heavy-Weight Corridors, ELDs, and Other Initiatives

Location: Salons F-G

This is a pivotal year for motor carriers and their customers. The industry is adjusting to new requirements for electronic logging devices, a change that already is tightening trucking capacity through better enforcement of hours-of-service regulations. Motor carriers are struggling to attract and retain drivers, many of whom are being lured by higher pay in the booming industrial construction and oil and gas industries. In Texas, a new law allowing heavy-haul corridors near ports will affect drayage of container loads of resins and other heavy commodities. There also are new developments in chassis supply and port gate hours and truck-reservation systems. A panel of industry experts will examine these issues and more In this crucial discussion about the rapidly changing over-the-road market.

— Panelists —
Marcia Faschingbauer
Founder and CEO,
Excargo Services Inc.
Randy Guillot
Triple G Express and
Southeastern Motor Freight


Chip Kohn
Business Development,
AV Logistics and C&K Trucking


Richard McDuffie
Chief Operating Officer,
Dunavant Global Logistics Group

2:30 — 3:15 PM

Longshore Labor:
Sustainable Peace or Disruption Ahead?

Location: Salons F-G


3:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Location: Salons F-G Foyer

Joseph Bonney
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

3:30 — 5:30 PM


By Reservation Only for BCOs

Location: Salon H

This exclusive, shipper-only discussion facilitated by JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi and Senior Editor Joseph Bonney 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.

To register please contact:
Mina Patel
Senior Event Specialist,
JOC Events, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
E: mina.patel@ihsmarkit.com

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