Wednesday, 29 April 2020

8:00 AM — 2:00 PM

Registration

Location: District Foyer

8:00 — 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Location: District Foyer

Sponsored by:

9:00 — 9:05 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: St. James

Janet Nodar

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

9:05 — 10:00 AM

The Drive for Transparency:
A Conversation With Breakbulk Logistics Industry Leaders 

Location: St. James

Session Chair

Peter Tirschwell

Vice President,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Panelist

Karen Clarke

Group Vice President,
Oil and Gas,
deugro (USA)

Panelist

Kyriacos Panayides

Managing Director,

AAL Shipping

Panelist

Frank Schroder

 Director, Corporate Supply Chain and Compliance, CB&I Storage Tank Solutions,

McDermott

Panelist

Brittany Smith

Logistics Manager,
Global Procurement
Center Americas,
Linde Engineering Americas

What are the top-of-mind transparency requirements or factors affecting how business is done in project cargo logistics? How are these changing logistics business models? Opinions about what aspects of transparency matter the most — and even on what the term “transparency” means in the breakbulk supply chain — differ widely across the industry. Contracting trends, which flow from project owners down, reinforce safety and transparency requirements and affect risk-management strategies for logistics providers. Transparency can include auditing safety programs, protecting whistleblowers, or considering the potential elements of a project cargo freight index. This executive panel, representing cargo shippers, project forwarders, and project carriers, will open Day 2 with a discussion of their definitions of and goals for transparency in project logistics.

10:00 — 11:00 AM

Creating Project Supply Chain Transparency:
Is It Just Digital Transformation or More?

Session Chair

Dennis Mottola

Global Logistics Consultant

Panelist

Peter Bouwhuis

CEO,
XZELLZ

Panelist

Noelle Burke

Vice President,
Project Management, Energy, Agility

Panelist

Adolpf Colacco

Founder and CEO,
e2Log

Panelist

Brian Putallaz

Senior Commodity Manager,

GE

Location: St. James

How is transparency created or improved in the project logistics supply chain? What business requirements are driving the need for transparency, and what tools can make it happen? Do logistics service providers understand the term the same way their clients do? Does "transparency" mean only digital visibility of costs, shipment status, service provider performance, process compliance, and safety, or is it more than that? The project supply chain is extraordinarily complex. How should or could new systems and services accommodate this complexity, capture all related data, and create transparency and efficiency? This panel, moderated by well-known project logistics industry consultant Dennis Mottola, will look at this question from the perspective of a leading cargo shipper, a project forwarder, and entrepreneurs with project backgrounds who are addressing this complexity from the greatest areas of need.

11:00 — 11:30 AM

Networking Break

Location: District Foyer

11:30 AM — 12:30 PM

Bugs, Ex-Im Bank, Contracts, and Flags: An Update on Key Issues Affecting the Breakbulk and Project Cargo Logistics Sector

Location: St. James

Topical issues from pest control regulations to potential vessel shortages are exerting pressure on or creating potential opportunities for the project and breakbulk logistics industry. The slate of industry experts on this panel will discuss these topics by turn, starting with an update on the way ISPM 15 regulations continue to affect project and breakbulk imports into the US. These regulations are necessary to prevent dangerous pests from entering the US, but a lack of transparency around sourcing and containment methods continues to frustrate breakbulk importers. We'll discuss progress on an effort to update project contracting that began at last year's Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference, and close with an update on progress at the newly rejuvenated Export-Import Bank, with a look at how this could affect the need for US-flag ships.

Panelist

Diana Davila

Houston Branch Manager,
UTC Overseas

Panelist

Marco Poisler

Chief Operating Officer,
Global Energy & Capital Projects,
UTC Overseas

Panelist

Will Terrill

President and CEO,
US Ocean

12:30 — 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: St. Charles

Sponored by

1:30 - 2:15 PM

The State of Steel, 2020:
Trade Wars, Sourcing Diversions, and Viruses

Location: St. James

Session Chair

Robert Drew

General Manager,
Logistics,
Tata International

Featured Speaker

Amanda Eglinton

Associate Director,
Economics & Country Risk,
IHS Markit

The US-China trade war continues to alter the steel market, in the US and globally. Anti-dumping regulations have changed import patterns for Chinese fabricated structural steel into the US, provoking diversion to new sourcing, including Canada, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. Despite an early phase trade deal, 25 percent tariffs were still in place as 2020 opened, affecting industrial and large manufactured goods out of China and making diversion likely to continue. Although US production has increased, the market is weak, and prices are unsustainably low. For US steel importers and traders, it's a bleak scenario that affects the entire breakbulk shipping sector. Additionally, China, which consumes half the world's commodities and produces more than half of the world's steel, is struggling to contain the coronavirus, another unpredictable trade disruptor. Is all this the new normal, or is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Amanda Eglinton, associate director for economics and country risk at JOC parent company IHS Markit, will outline and discuss the state of steel and the implications for the breakbulk and project market with Robert Drew, general manager of logistics for Tata Steel.

2:15 - 2:45 PM

Transport Assurance:
A Global EPC Doubles Down on Safety 

Location: St. James

Introduction

Janet Nodar

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

Featured Speaker

Andrew Young

Traffic and Logistics Manager, Bechtel

Transport Assurance is a systematic process for ensuring the safe handling and transportation of critical equipment resulting in positive delivery outcomes and avoiding risk to cargo and scheduling. The overarching strategy for achieving transport assurance is engaging material and equipment suppliers early in the process to establish equipment characteristics and requirements for handling and transportation, and maintaining a consistent approach in qualifying, selecting, and managing logistics service providers. Bechtel Logistics, at corporate, global business unit, and project levels, is responsible for the phased activities of transport assurance relating to critical equipment. Andy Young, Bechtel’s traffic and logistics manager, will close out the 2020 JOC Breakbulk and Project Cargo Conference with a discussion about the evolution and application of Bechtel’s transport assurance process.

2:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Location: St. James

Janet Nodar

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

 

 

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