Tuesday, 28 April 2020

7:30 AM — 5:30 PM

Registration

Location: District Foyer

7:30 — 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

Location: District Foyer

8:30 — 8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: St. James

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

Janet Nodar

President and CEO,
Port of New Orleans, 
and CEO,
New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

Brandy Christian

8:45 — 9:30 AM

What Lies Ahead:
The Global and Regional Economic Forecast

Location: St. James

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

Introduction

Janet Nodar

Executive Director,
Global Economics,
IHS Markit

Featured Speaker

Sara Johnson

As 2020 opened, a slight easing of trade uncertainty offered some relief from downbeat economic news. Business hostilities between the US and China abated as the two sides made slow progress on a trade deal, although details were by no means settled. A no-deal Brexit seemed less likely following December’s election in the UK, and global equity markets hit new record highs, signaling investor confidence. The global economy, however, faces significant risks, and IHS Markit, parent company of The Journal of Commerce, expects global real GDP growth to slow from 2.6 percent in 2019 to 2.5 percent in 2020,. Global industrial production and trade volume are at an inflection point, according to a recent IHS Markit executive outlook, with growth likely to pick up from 2019's lows, although remaining below 2017 and 2018 rates. Emerging markets will continue to struggle with falling productivity growth, lack of structural reforms, low commodity prices, and high debt levels. This outlook from IHS Markit will explore these topics and set the stage for deeper analysis about what it all means for the project and breakbulk cargo trades.

Sponsored by:

9:30 — 10:00 AM

Keynote Address:
Building a Transparent and Tangible Safety Culture
n the Project Supply Chain 

Location: St. James

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

Introduction

Janet Nodar

Corporate Manager,
Global Logistics,
Bechtel

Keynote Speaker

Stephen Spoljaric

Rigorous safety expectations, driven by owner requirements, are the standard for global EPCs on-site, but the question of how EPCs and owners will apply these standards when it comes to the way project and breakbulk cargo is transported and handled globally is more inconsistent. Cost and schedule no longer can be the only factors that drive decision-making. Project owners, EPCs, and logistics service providers must revisit, fully understand, and then re-evaluate their definitions of quality. Attaining demanding safety and transparency standards across complex projects, far-flung regions, and protracted schedules has been challenging as globalization has taken hold and supply chains have expanded. Consistency will require significant teamwork, including willingness to share learning opportunities among competitors. Stephen "Spo" Spoljaric, corporate manager of global logistics for Bechtel will share his perspective on this developing dynamic, and on methods and strategies for meaningful changes that will increase safety in the logistics industry.

10:00 — 11:00 AM

Safety First:
Aspirations and Reality in
Portside Project and Breakbulk Cargo Handling 

Location: St. James

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

Session Chair

Janet Nodar

Vice President,
Business Development,
Thorco Projects

Panelist

Brent Berg

Materials Manager,
Shell

Panelist

Chris Doyle

Vice President,
Labor Relations,
West Gulf Maritime Association

Panelist

Chelsea Egmon

11:00 — 11:30 AM

Networking Break

Location: District Foyer

Sponsored by:

11:30 AM — 12:15 PM

Newbuildings and the Secondhand Fleet:
Implications for the Project Market 

Location: St. James

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

Session Chair

Janet Nodar

President,
SAL Heavy Lift

Panelist

Anders Hyup

Senior Analyst,
Multipurpose and
Breakbulk Shipping,
Drewry Maritime Research

Panelist

Susan Oatway

Head of Research,
Toepfer Transport

Panelist

Yorck Niclas Prehm

12:15 — 1:00 PM

Offshore Wind and the US Supply Chain:
Who Will Fill the Logistics Gap?

Location: St. James

1:00 — 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: St. Charles

2:00  — 2:30 PM

IMO 2020 and Oil Price Volatility:
Where Are We?

Location: St. James

Vice President,
Global Oil Markets,
Scenarios,
and Integrated Services,
IHS Markit

Featured Speaker

Jim Burkhard

The United States is the most prominent variable impacting global oil supply and demand — and not just because of dramatic changes in petroleum output. The astonishing rise in US production is slowing, and may even decline for a time, but the US impulses that are sending other shockwaves through the global economic, security, and financial systems aren’tabout to end, regardless of whether President Donald J. Trump wins re-election in 2020. The remaking of the post-World War II global order began before Trump was elected and will continue beyond the one or two terms of his presidency. Trends in US oil sector financing, and the country’s economic and foreign policies, will shape the contours of the world oil market. The aftereffects of IMO 2020, and further efforts to decarbonize shipping, continue to play out as prices for high- and low-sulfur fuel settle into their new normal.

2:30  — 3:15 PM

Freight Rates, Bunker Prices, and Decarbonizing the Fleet by 2050:
An Industry Discussion

Location: St. James

Vice President,
Sales,
North America,
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean

Featured Speaker

Flavio Batista

3:15  — 3:45 PM

Networking Break

Location: District Foyer

3:45  — 4:15 PM

Navigating the Supply Chain Maze:
Strategizing for Tariffs, Quotas, Sourcing, and Sanctions 

Location: St. James

Director,
Logistics and Export Compliance, Fluor

Session Chair

Kathy Canaan

Counsel, International Trade
and Logistics Group
Venable

Featured Speaker

Elizabeth Lowe

4:15  — 5:00 PM

US Heavy Transport Market Update:
Barging, Road, and Rail

Location: St. James

Senior Vice President,
Fracht FWO USA

Featured Speaker

Benjamin Liewald

5:00 — 6:30 PM

Networking Reception

Location: District Foyer

 

 

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