April 16 - 18, 2018
Houston, TX

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

 

 
7:30 AM — 5:00 PM
 

Registration

Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer

 

 
 

 
7:30 — 8:30 AM
 

Networking Breakfast

Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer

 
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8:30 — 9:00 AM
 

Welcome Remarks

Location: Salons F-G

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

 

Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

The Honorable Sylvester Turner
Mayor,
City of Houston

 

Janiece M. Longoria
Chairman,
Port Houston

 
9:00 — 9:30 AM
 

Keynote Address

Location: Salons F-G

As the keynote speaker of the JOC Gulf Shipping Conference, Craig Mygatt, CEO of SeaLand, will frame some of the most important issues confronting beneficial cargo owners in the US Gulf, including in the critical north-south trade between the US and South America, and in trade with Mexico. With services linking Central and South America and the Caribbean to Houston, Mobile, and New Orleans, the 4-year-old Maersk Group regional carrier has rapidly become one of the largest ocean carriers serving the Americas. Its three years of growth has made it the 21st-largest global carrier in the US import trades and 18th-largest in the export trades, with combined volumes approaching 300,000 TEU a year, double that of its first full year in 2015, according to PIERS, a sister division of the JOC within IHS Markit. Evidence of that growth was only increased in late March, when SeaLand announced its new Gulf Ocean Express Service linking the US Gulf with Colombia, Panama, Guatemala and Honduras, and whose first sailing will arrive in Houston just before the Gulf Shipping Conference opens. Mygatt, who took over as CEO of SeaLand when the company was launched in 2014 after 10 years in senior positions with Maersk Line, will examine the outlook in the US Gulf’s busiest and most important trade lane.

 
— Introduced By —
Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Keynote Speaker —
Craig Mygatt
CEO,
SeaLand

 


 
9:30 — 10:45 AM
 

Container Shipping Outlook:
Is The Gulf’s Surge Sustainable?

Location: Salons F-G

Container volume is rising faster at Gulf ports than at East and West coast ports, according to PIERS, a sister product of The Journal of Commerce within IHS Markit. The increase is driven by BCOs' concerns about West Coast ports, by regional population growth that has attracted import distribution centers and Asian all-water services, and by synthetic-resin exports that are beginning to soar. For example, Houston, the region's largest container port, registered growth of more than 33 percent in Asia imports over the first 11 months of 2017, as two new services came calling earlier in the year. That was part of overall growth of more than 31 percent in all imports moving through the Gulf, as ports in the region increased their share of all US imports by 0.7 percent during the period. These trends present beneficial cargo owners and ocean carriers with opportunities — and challenges. Resin exporters need additional vessel capacity in order to move their exports via the Gulf. Carriers say they need more higher-paying imports to justify larger ships or additional vessel strings. This shipper-carrier tension will influence the future of the Gulf container trade. Other factors include market growth, port efficiency, and intermodal service. This kickoff panel discussion will analyze the PIERS data and provide thought-provoking perspectives on the future of Gulf container shipping from major stakeholders in the region.

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

 

— Panelists —
Jeremy Ford
Head of Commercial,
APM Terminals North America

 

Daniel Hackett
Partner,
Hackett Associates

 

Jon Slangerup
Chairman and CEO,
American Global Logistics

 
10:45 — 11:15 AM
 

Networking Break

Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 
11:15 AM — 12:15 PM
 

Importing and Exporting Through the Gulf:
A Discussion With Beneficial Cargo Owners

Location: Salons F-G

The 31.2 percent surge in imports through the Gulf Coast in the first 11 months of 2017 is challenging the longtime dominance of exports at Gulf ports and have made the Gulf the fastest-growing US coast in container volume. Containerized imports now exceed exports at Houston, which handles nearly two-thirds of the Gulf’s container traffic. Mobile’s import volume rose 22.4 percent year-over-year during the first 10 months of 2017, to more than 100,000 TEU, and will rise further this year with Wal-Mart’s opening of a new import distribution center near the port. Beneficial cargo owners will explain and discuss the pros and cons of importing through the Gulf, including issues such as trucking, port efficiency, container availability, vessel capacity, and proximity to markets.

 
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— Introduction by —
Janine Mansour
Commercial Director,
Port of New Orleans

 

— Session Chair —
Peter Tirschwell
Senior Director, Content,
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

— Panelists —
Thomas Lorenzo
International Transportation Manager,
Domtar Corp.

 

Rolando Portal
Senior Director,
Logistics,
Academy Sports + Outdoor

 
12:15 — 1:30 PM
 

Networking Lunch

Location: Salon E

 
 

 
1:30 — 2:00 PM
 

Analyzing The Resins Trade:
The Outlook from IHS Markit

Location: Salons F-G

Markets throughout the Gulf and beyond have been eagerly anticipating the wave of new North American polyethylene expansions, which are adding to the supply available for export. Recent months have brought news of several expansions in polypropylene plants, a development that portends additional increases in export volume — with some experts saying total resin exports will double to nearly 1 million TEU by 2020, despite a dip in 2017 tied in large part to delays in plant construction and production startups. Joel Morales Jr., IHS Markit’s senior director of polyolefins in the Americas, will evaluate the current export dynamic in North America for plastic resin plants and what the future will hold as new plants come online.

 
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— Introduction by —
Parrish Lawler
Manager,
Customer Service,
Alabama State Port Authority

 

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

 

— Featured Speaker —
Joel Morales
Executive Director,
Polyolefins Americas,
IHS Markit

 
2:00 — 3:00 PM
 

The Resins Crush is Here:
Are Ports and Equipment Providers Ready?

Location: Salons F-G

After years of planning and construction, the long-forecast surge in synthetic resin exports from the US Gulf is finally here. Dow Chemical, Chevron Phillips, and other producers have started production at large plants in recent months. More are on the way, and another wave of new capacity is forecast to be added within the next few years. How will the product be delivered to export markets? Can Gulf ports and service providers handle the additional volume, or will much of it be pushed to other coasts? Will demand for resin exports crowd out capacity for other export commodities such as cotton? Panelists will discuss vessel, truck, rail, and warehouse capacity, and the factors that influence decisions on whether to route resin shipments through Gulf ports or to use alternative gateways.

 
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— Introduction by —
MJ Dornford
Vice President Logistics and Sales,
CAI International, Inc.

 

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

 

— Panelists —
Russ Boullion
Vice President, Commercial,
Warehousing & Packaging,
A&R Logistics

 

Christian M. Jensen
President,
Jensen Companies

 

Frank A. Vingerhoets
President,
Katoen Natie USA

 


 
3:00 — 3:30 PM
 

Networking Coffee Break

Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer

 
 

 
3:30 — 4:30 PM
 

US-Mexico Trade:
How Will an Uncertain Landscape Affect Shippers?

Location: Salons F-G

Whether President Trump withdraws the US from the North American Free Trade Agreement or not, US trade with Mexico is on course to grow. Cross-border supply chains are linked at a deep level, and whatever trade agreements the US, Canada and Mexico agree upon, freight will keep moving. Indeed, after a declining in 2016, total US-Mexico trade increased more than 6 percent year over year in 2017, according to the US Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. That doesn't mean the flow of goods can't be improved, or that policy couldn't have an impact on how goods move. The bigger question may be how the US economy and available transportation capacity affects cross-border freight. How will shippers, logistics companies and transportation operators cope with increased congestion at the border and uncertain policies in our nations' capitals? How will proposed changes affect shippers’ supply chains, and how should BCOs prepare?

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

 

— Panelists —
Angela Leonard
Director,
Intermodal Marketing,
Kansas City Southern Railway

 

Jordan Dewart
President,
Yusen Logistics (Mexico) SA de CV

 

Paul Sarrapy
President,
Porteo Group,
and CEO,
Pilot Plus

 
4:30 — 5:30 PM
 

When Disruption Strikes:
Mitigating Your Risk in a High-Risk Environment

Location: Salons F-G

Disruption takes on many forms. For those in the Gulf, the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to resonate, seven months after supply chains — not to mention lives — were uprooted, or worse. For Maersk Group, last June’s devastating global “NotPetra” cyberattack serves as a stark reminder to shipping lines, terminal operators, freight forwarders, beneficial cargo owners, and other freight stakeholders that the mechanisms protecting their IT systems are inadequate. Maersk’s loss of online cargo booking capability and the crippling of terminal operations lasted nearly two weeks, and pushed the supply chain logistics chain back to the Dark Ages of manual document filing and gate operations. Finally, the $50 billion-plus in Chinese import tariffs Section 232 Steel and Aluminum tariffs that the Trump administration announced in March has manufacturers, retailers and other beneficial cargo owners quaking at the thought that their companies will be exposed to huge cost increases, and fearing an outright trade war. With the Gulf a hub of activity for steel manufacturers, heavy equipment producers, and agricultural exporters, the region and its supply chain stakeholders face enormous risk. This session will evaluate the real-life implications of these three critical, business-altering disruptive events, the lessons learned, and how companies should prepare.

 
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— Session Chair —
Curtis Spencer
President,
IMS Worldwide

 

— Panelists —
Christy Coffey
Executive Vice President,
Operations,
Maritime & Port Security Information Sharing
and Analysis Organization

 

Kyle Kristynik
President,
Jetco Delivery

 
5:30 — 7:00 PM
 

Hospitality Reception

Location: Texan Ballroom Foyer

 
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