TPM 2014

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Editorial coverage of the JOC’s 14th annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif. If in attendance, get a recap; if you weren't able to attend, learn what you missed.

For event information, including agendas and photo galleries, visit the TPM Conference 2014 page.

The JOC’s Peter Tirschwell (left) talks with maritime industry leader Ron Widdows onstage at TPM.
05 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — No, container lines won’t be able to get freight rates to sustainable levels for some years to come.
05 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — INTTRA is launching a new program that will enable small shippers to get better visibility into their supply chains and also help carriers clean up errors and gaps in the data they collect on container movements. The result, INTTRA says, will provide substantial time and cost savings for both.
04 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The U.S. federal government should not only use all collected Harbor Maintenance Taxes on port projects, but should also require states and cities to put more skin in their game to reduce questionable deepening work, a maritime analyst said yesterday.
James McKenna of the Pacific Maritime Association addressing an audience at the JOC’s TPM conference.
04 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The chief negotiator for waterfront employers on the West Coast is optimistic that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will reach a contract agreement this summer without a strike or lockout.
From left: Adam D. Hall, Dollar General; Klaus Schnede, Eastman Chemical.
04 Mar 2014
It is possible to think up all kinds of scary scenarios that could play out as container lines form new vessel-sharing alliances or expand existing alliances, but the primary goal of carriers is to deploy the largest ships at their disposal in order to reduce their per-unit costs.

Commentary

Few in the industry combine the breadth of experience and willingness to share their opinions in an open forum. Ron Widdows, former NOL-APL chief who now heads Hamburg-based Rickmers Group, is one of them.