NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., will feature a robust, two-day program focused on all the major issues in the trans-Pacific market as well as a number of global issues facing container shipping. The event will focus on imports and exports, as well as refrigerated cargo.
"Once again as the year begins we find ourselves staring at a laundry list of challenges facing shippers in the trans-Pacific," said Peter Tirschwell, senior vice president for UBM Global Trade, the parent of The Journal of Commerce, the organizer of the event.
An opening keynote by Capt. Wei Jaifu, chairman of Cosco Group, the largest China-based container line, will kick-off an in-depth program of speeches, panels and roundtable discussions. Capt Wei will bring in-depth perspective from China, the origin of nearly 50 percent of all U.S. import containers, as well as globally as one of the industry's longtime leaders.
His speech will be followed by a much anticipated annual Market Outlook session featuring speakers from Drewry, Macquarie Securities and PIERS, designed to give attendees a genuine insight into 2012 supply and demand dynamics as shippers, carriers and non-vessel-operating common carriers prepare for annual service contract negotiations. The session will also offer an assessment on the state of play of carrier financial health, and the prospect for consolidation after a bruising 2011, in which spot rates declined 50 percent on key head-haul trades and the lines collectively lost an estimated $5.2 billion, according to Drewry. Will 2012 see a rebound in rate levels? Spot rates have been rising since late December in the run-up to the late-January Chinese New Year, with carriers achieving most of their announced Jan. 1 GRIs on spot market cargo; the question will be, what will happen to the market after Chinese New Year? Speakers will probe this critical question.
The agenda then turns to the hugely important issue of mega-ships; with 161 vessels of 10,000 TEUs or more on order -- representing 49 percent of the current total container ship order book, according to Alphaliner -- dealing with the impact of these mega-ships will consume carriers, ports, terminals, shippers and others in 2012 and well beyond. Maersk's 18,000 Triple-E orders last year triggered a series of mega-ship orders by other carriers and was a factor that sparked the global alliance structuring seen late in 2011. The size of container ships is expanding at a faster rate than the terminals, roads and rail networks that support them, thus what will be the impact? Speakers from Maersk, Michelin, Kuehne + Nagel and SeaIntel will analyze the diverse aspects of the mega-ship phenomenon.
In other panels at TPM, four East Coast port CEOs/directors -- representing New York-New Jersey, Virginia, Charleston and Savannah -- will discuss in a town hall format how they are preparing for the 2014 Panama Canal expansion. Separately, the heads of the ILA and USMX will discuss the upcoming 2012 East Coast longshore contract negotiations, a scenario that is being closely watched throughout the industry. Additional sessions will focus on chassis, import and export regulation, and using freight rate indices in service contracts.
This year, TPM will also include a full-day refrigerated container transportation, "Cool Cargoes" track organized by longtime transport writer and Cool Cargoes magazine editor Stephanie Nall. The reefer track will include sessions on:
- The impact of container lines'" slow steaming" on reefer container supply chains
- Planning an FDA-proof refrigerated container supply chain
- Will there be a genset or reefer container shortage in 2012?
- How to manage growing environmental or "green mile" expectations of customers
- The impact on reefer shipments of reductions in direct port calls by Carriers
- Analysis of U.S. import and export reefer container flows based from PIERS/JOC economist
"It is never easy getting all relevant subject matter into a two-day agenda, given that 2012 promises to be another volatile and turbulent year in the trans-Pacific," said Tirschwell, "But we hope that, with all the input provided by many shippers, carriers, 3PLs, ports, terminals and others who contributed their feedback, the agenda will offer participants in this market the wide ranging briefing on the trans-Pacific that they have come to expect from the TPM agenda each year since the first TPM took place in 2001."
Registration is now open for the 2012 event. To register, or to view our current agenda, please visit: https://registration.itnintl.com/TPM12/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx
Register by January 31, and receive a $100 discount. Use this code: PRTPM12
To hear more about TPM on video from Peter Tirschwell, the senior vice president of strategy, click here: http://www.joc.com/tpm/qa-preview-tpm-long-beach-2012
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