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154Conference: Short Sea Shipping's Next Steps, 15-16 April

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
    Apr 7, 2008
      Members and Friends,
      Short Sea Shipping - the council favors it!
      Please notify me if you will be attending this event. Same goes for other events that are merchant marine related.
      Working on the Pacific Merchant Marine Council second quarter Captain's Call newsletter. If you have news, invitations, events of interest let me know - by E-mail preferably.
      Take a look at http://www.navyleague.org front page for links to serveral items of interest.
      (916) 739-6949 | PMMC at cwo dot com
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      The growth of international trade is challenging the capacity of America’s transportation system. While highways and railroads are jammed with cargo, our coastal trade lanes and inland waterways are transportation assets that have been largely overlooked. North America's Marine Highways—Short Sea Shipping’s Next Steps, the conference sponsored by the Journal of Commerce and the U.S. Maritime Administration, will consider the opportunities and obstacles to building short sea shipping network as a viable and environmentally-friendly commercial freight alternative for the United States, Canada and Mexico. Now in its fifth year, this JOC conference has earned a reputation as the leading forum to discuss issues ranging from vessel finance to government policy affecting waterborne commerce in North America.

      Dynamic topics for this growing trend:

      • Coastwise and inland carriers
      • Environmental compliance
      • Green vessels with new technology
      • Prospects for international and domestic services, including the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and rivers.
      • Ship financing
      • New case studies including success stories throughout North America
      • Expanding the marine highways for what short sea shipping could look like
      • Congressional developments for the Harbor Maintenance Tax exemption
      WhenApril 15, 2008 7:45 AM - April 16, 2008 3:30 PM
      Eastern Time Zone
      Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
      3001 Atlantic Avenue
      Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
      NAMH Host
      US Maritime Administration
      NAMH Producer
      The Journal of Commerce Conferences
      April 15, 2008
      7:45 AM  -  8:45 AMContinental Breakfast
      7:45 AM  -  4:45 PMRegistration
      8:45 AM  -  9:00 AMWelcoming Remarks
      • Robert G. Edmonson, Senior Editor and Washington Bureau Chief, The Journal of Commerce
      • Jerry A. Bridges, Executive Director, Virginia Port Authority
      9:00 AM  -  9:30 AMKeynote Address: Approach to America’s Marine Highways
      • Charles G. Raymond, Chairman, President & CEO, Horizon Lines, Inc.
      9:30 AM  -  10:45 AMRoundtable #1: The Great Debate

      Should the government actively support freight transportation by water as a matter of public policy?  Should the government keep hands off and let the marketplace decide what mode best severs shippers' needs?  Should the government find ways to help the industry get under way without creating market distortions?  The government's role is one of the most hotly-debated subjects on America's marine highways.  Four of the best minds in the industry will share their points of view.  

      • Moderator: Paul H. Bea, Jr., Principal, PHB Public Affairs  
      • Theodore Prince, President, Consolidated Chassis Management, LLC 
      • Francis X. McArdle, Commissioner, National Surface Transportation Policy & Revenue Study Commission; Former Managing Director, General Contractors Association of New York   
      • Craig Fuller, CEO, TransMarkets

      10:45 AM  -  11:15 AMMorning Networking Coffee Break
      11:15 AM  -  12:15 PMRoundtable #2: Short Sea Shipping in North America - New Partners and New Information

      Groups as diverse as truckers, organized labor and metropolitan planners all will have parts to play in the developing marine highways and the landslide infastructure to support them.  How do we from the partnerships we'll need to find the best course through all hazards?

      • Moderator: Michael J. Gordon, Acting Director, Marine Highway and Passenger Services, MARAD
      • Martin Moynihan, Executive Director, Port of Richmond
      • David F. Host, President & CEO, T. Parker Host. Inc.
      • Curtis E. Whalen, Executive Director, Intermodal Carriers Conference, ATA
      • Barbara Nelson, Principal Transportation Planner, Richmond Regional MPO
      12:15 PM  -  1:45 PMLuncheon Address
      • Sean T. Connaughton, Maritime Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation
      1:45 PM  -  3:00 PMRoundtable #3: Inland and Coastal Carriers; Progress

      Short sea shipping is happening.  These poineers will discuss how they found their markets, and what it takes to keep shippers satisfied with the service they're getting.

      • Moderator: Valerie Devlin, Acting Director, Seaway & Domestic Shipping Policy, Transport Canada 
      • Christian G. O’Neil, President, Osprey Line
      • John MacGregor, President, TransDevelopment Group
      • Kevin Mack, Vice President, Business Development, Columbia Coastal Transport, LLC
      3:00 PM  -  3:30 PMAfternoon Networking Coffee Break
      3:30 PM  -  4:30 PMRoundtable #4: Legislative Policy and Outlook

      Congress has taken steps to clear obstacles to the industry, but there's more.  The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission report calls for a national transportation policy.  The domestic maritime industry will be affected by a new cargo liability convention that the United Nations is expected to consider later this year.

      • Moderator: John A. Moran, Special Counsel, Jones Walker
      • Jack Schenendorf, Vice Chair, National Surface Transportation & Revenue Commission
      • Chester D. Hooper, Partner, Holland & Knight
      • Paul H. Bea, Jr., Principal, PHB Public Affairs
      4:30 PM  -  4:45 PMClosing Remarks
      • Robert G. Edmonson, Senior Editor and Washington Bureau Chief, The Journal of Commerce
      5:00 PM  -  8:00 PMNetworking Reception
      April 16, 2008
      8:00 AM  -  9:00 AMContinental Breakfast
      8:00 AM  -  3:30 PMRegistration
      9:00 AM  -  9:10 AMOpening Remarks
      • Robert G. Edmonson, Senior Editor and Washington Bureau Chief, The Journal of Commerce
      9:10 AM  -  9:40 AMOpening Address
      • Erik F. Johnsen, Chairman Emeritus, International Shipholding Corporation
      9:40 AM  -  10:30 AMRoundtable #5: Ship and Port Infrastructure Financing

      As in politics, money is the mother's milk that will nourish a growing domestic maritime industry.  The private sector has begun to look at martitime infastructure as a new field for investment.  Will they find a market?  Can the government provide incentives or guarantees to sweeten the deals?

      • Moderator: Richard J. Paine, Sr., National Finance Manager, Commercial Marine, Key Equipment Finance
      • Hamish Norton, Managing Director & Head, Martime Investment Banking 
      • Jori Tenev, Partner, Holland & Knight 
      • Andrew Fletcher, Senior Vice President, Key Bank's Energy Risk Management Group
      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AMMorning Networking Coffee Break
      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PMRoundtable #6: River Talk, Short Sea Feeders

      All over the world, inland water transportation is a booming business in containerized cargo, but what about the United States?  There are no statistics to compare with the rest of the world, and there is research to say what the U.S. needs to improve river transportation.  What are the key factors: Ship technology?  Government regulation?  Labor?  Competition from trucks and trains?  Construction costs?  Lack of landslide infastructure?  Or is it all of the above?

      • Moderator: John Richers, Principal,Inland Port Systems

      • Richard S. Armstrong, Executive Secretary and Director, Port Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Seaport Advisory Council
      • Mark W. Yonge, Managing Member, Maritime Transport & Logistics Advisors, LLC

      • Raymond R. Barberesi, President, MTS Corporation

      12:00 PM  -  1:30 PMNetworking Luncheon
      1:45 PM  -  3:15 PMRoundtable #7: Environmental, Economic, Security Issues

      Vessel emissions, air and water, and vessel security will be the things that the vessel owners and operators will face in the future.  What will ship builders do to meet new environmental and security standards?  Why should builders accept the challenge of building a new and efficient domestic fleet?  How will America's marine highways improve the environment and benefit the nation's economy and security?

      • Moderator: William A. Anderson II, Partner, Williams Mullen 
      • Lawrence I. Kiern, Partner, Winston & Strawn 
      • Joseph J. Cox, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America
      3:15 PM  -  3:30 PMClosing Remarks
      • Robert G. Edmonson, Senior Editor and Washington Bureau Chief, The Journal of Commerce