Wednesday, 1 May 2019

7:30 AM — 2:00 PM

Registration

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00 — 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by:

9:00 — 9:05 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom

Vice President,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Peter Tirschwell

9:05 — 10:00 AM

Navigating Supply and Demand in an Uncertain Market:
A Conversation With Industry Leaders

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom

Global Logistics Director, Operations,
Fluor

Panelist

Bill Keyes

The global economy and the business cycle, steel and tariffs, renewables, out-of-gauge transport, IMO 2020 and the fleet: One company’s threat is another’s opportunity, but all players in the project supply chain, from project owner to truck driver, must find ways to work together. What are the key game changers looming now? Volatile oil prices? Slowing demand? Bunker costs? Freight rates? Fleet capacity? Tariffs or customs regulations? Technology gaps? A talent shortage? What moves can industry executives make to prepare for these trends? Our panel of experienced industry leaders will prioritize the issues and discuss their planning strategies during this lively discussion session.

Vice President,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Peter Tirschwell

Project Director,
UTC Overseas

Panelist

Diana Davila

Global Logistics Director, Operations,
Fluor

Panelist

Bill Keyes

Managing Director,
Americas,
Zeamarine

Panelist

Richard Seeg

Professor of Practice,
Energy Specialization Program,
Tulane University

Panelist

Eric Smith

10:00 — 11:00 AM

Outsourcing Project Logistics or Keeping It In-House:
How and Why Shippers Make the Choice

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom

Senior Editor,
Project and Heavy-Lift Shipping,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Janet Nodar

Session Chair

Director,
Industrial Projects USA,
Geodis

Dennis Devlin

Panelist

General Manager,
Americas,
AAL

Michael Morland

Panelist

Global Logistics Consultant

Dennis Mottola

Panelist

Logistics Principle,
Americas,
Air Liquide

Joye Runfola

Panelist

In the wake of the 2008-2009 global recession and 2016’s oil price collapse, project owners have streamlined and squeezed every aspect of project construction, including their EPCs’ spending on transportation logistics. In-house logistics teams must allocate resources carefully, managing freight budgets that can be as large as $500 million on the biggest projects. With that much risk in play, how much control of the shipper’s overall responsibilities should shippers retain internally vs outsourcing to third-party logistics service providers? It’s a high-stakes “make-or-buy” assessment with no easy answers. This session will analyze this important decision-making process, and answer questions such as: How are these choices made? What are the parameters? How is the game changing from the third-party logistics service provider’s perspective — is the reward still worth the risk?

11:00 — 11:30 AM

Networking Break

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom Foyer

11:30 AM — 12:30 PM

Technology and Digital Innovation in the Real (Project) World

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom

Senior Editor, Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,

IHS Markit

Session Chair

Eric Johnson

Vice President,
Business Development,
Thorco Projects America

Panelist

Brent Berg

CEO,
e2log

Panelist

Adolph Colaco

Head of Logistics,
L&T Hydrocarbon
Engineering Ltd.

Panelist

Dharmendra Gangrade

Project Director,
Americas,
Pentagon Freight Services

Panelist

Michael Ruediger

Where does innovation intersect with breakbulk and project cargo logistics, and what gaps need to be filled? The industry is slow to change and notoriously close-mouthed when it comes to sharing information, but a new generation of startups and logistics executives may be changing the landscape. Although front-page ideas like blockchain appear to be bogging down, narrower concepts such as smart contracting, digitized exception reporting, machine reading and the internet of things are making headway, one convert at a time. This discussion will focus on what’s working in the industry with a hands-on look at an innovative new digital project cargo platform, and will invite the audience to discuss missing pieces and potential solutions.

12:30 — 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: Royal Sonesta Evangeline and Regal Suites

Sponsored by:

1:30 — 2:30 PM

Fit for Purpose: 
Ironing Out the Wrinkles in Project Logistics Contracting

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom

Contracts between clients and logistics service providers are often strangely unfit for purpose in the project transport world. They can contain terms and conditions clearly more appropriate for procurement or service agreements. Logistics service providers may be reluctant to red-line or amend inappropriate clauses for fear of alienating their clients, while clients may not have appropriate documents readily available. Is it possible to create hybrid documents for the project industry, analogous to the standard industry contracts provided by BIMCO for the carrier side, documents that respect both provider and shipper interests? How have shippers and service providers in other segments of the shipping industry solved this problem?

Senior Editor,
Project and Heavy-Lift Shipping,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Janet Nodar

Director, 
North American Chartering,
FH Bertling,
and Adjunct Professor,
Texas A&M Galveston

Panelist

John Hark

Senior Associate,
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLC

Panelist

Utsav Mathur

Global Logistics Consultant

Panelist

Dennis Mottola

Regional Counsel,
T. Parker Host

Panelist

Ashley True

2:30 — 3:30 PM

Portside Pressure:
Anti-Pest Measures and the Project Threat

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom

Vice President,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Peter Tirschwell

Senior Account Manager,
Deugro Group

Panelist

Payne Fischer

Texas Agriculture Liaison,

US Customs

and Border Protection

Panelist

Jared Franklin

Assistant Deputy Director,
Plant Protection and Quarantine,
APHIS,
US Department of Agriculture

Panelist

Andrea B. Simao

Manager of Logistics,
Linde Engineering
North America Inc.

Panelist

Brittany Smith

CEO,
Fracht FWO Inc.

Panelist

Reiner Wiederkehr

Increasingly severe implementation of ISPM 15 regulations in some US ports is leaving project owners, project forwarders, and others in the supply chain frustrated and unsure of how to move forward. Soaring compliance costs and fines are increasing business risk around International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures # 15, which requires that wood packaging and dunnage be treated for pests before packing. Although no one argues against the importance of quarantine regulations controlling pest importation, escalating regulatory measures have included rejecting entire vessel charters because a few items were packed in (apparently compliant) infested materials. Infestation can be discovered even in properly marked packing materials, and, due to the way US Customs and Border Patrol applies the regulations, quarantine facilities and treatments in the US can’t be used to treat for certain pests. Fines can run higher than the entire declared cargo value. The importer of record can be required to re-export the entire shipment within a short period, which requires quickly finding a suitable vessel and a destination where the problem can be resolved. Knock-on effects also include disrupted project schedules, potentially triggering additional huge fines. This panel will discuss the scope and effects of the issue and the measures being taken to cope.

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Location: Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom

Senior Editor,
Project and Heavy-Lift Shipping,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Janet Nodar

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