April 29 - May 01, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana



The 2019 JOC Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference will provide information and insights that cargo owners can use to plan and execute shipments of breakbulk and project cargoes through US and international ports. At their core, all JOC events create value for beneficial cargo owners, including project owners, EPCs, OEMs, steel and mining interests, and breakbulk shippers, through intensive programming that addresses key demand, operational, and strategic challenges facing cargo shippers as they navigate their transportation supply chains. Leveraging its editorial team of veteran journalists, the JOC Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference will be built out of the industry-leading news and analysis appearing on JOC.com and in The Journal of Commerce, delivering the latest analysis, data, and potential industry solutions to the supply chain challenges that project and breakbulk shipping interests wrestle with daily.




 2019 will see interesting times for the project and breakbulk transportation sector. At long last, demand is improving as oil prices rise and project owners and developers invest. The project pipeline is refilling gradually as global capital projects, some long delayed, get underway — but tariff and compliance headaches, rapidly evolving supply chains, the knock-on effects of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 low-sulfur fuel mandate, and other geopolitical uncertainties are complicating business decisions.

On the macro side, global economic growth is slowing. Oil  prices are expected to stabilize at about $70 per barrel after a near-term stretch of volatility -- but will they?  Shippers and carriers are playing a waiting game when it comes to contracting; who will drop the first IMO 2020 shoe? How will bunker costs be accounted for in the new low-sulfur fuel era? How will carriers and shippers negotiate rising bunker costs and rising freight rates? Will there be a sufficient supply of multipurpose and heavy-lift vessels, and/or a willing supply of ro-ro, container, and bulker ships to fill in any voids or offer cheaper services? Contracting and task allocation among project owners, EPCs, and service providers also continues to be contentious: It’s very much a “let the newbie beware” world.
On the US front, the Gulf Coast has become the center of oil and gas production, LNG exports, and petrochemical investment thanks to the shale boom, with billions of dollars in related project construction planned or underway. Will protectionism dampen trade flows or curtail investment? How are ports balancing breakbulk and containerized cargo needs? Inland, will adequate truck and rail capacity meet heavy-haul demand?

The JOC Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference will examine these and other questions through the perspectives of today’s pre-eminent industry analysts, experts, and thought leaders.




  • Demand outlook for energy, oil and gas, renewables, petrochemicals, and commodities
  • Project logistics transportation contracting: what’s not working
  • Tariffs, compliance, and evolving project supply chains
  • Ocean freight chartering in the world of IMO 2020
  • The state of the multipurpose and heavy-lift fleet
  • Mergers, consolidation, and newbuilding
  • The competition: bulkers, ro-ro and container carriers
  • Steel and other commodities: sourcing and compliance strategies
  • Out-of-gauge land transport in North America: road and rail
  • Project cargo-related technology and case studies
  • Portside: breakbulk capacity challenges