The Port of Virginia is aiming to boost container traffic by capitalizing on its post-Panamax draft, tapping improved intermodal service, increasing customer service and developing distribution centers.
Steven Cernak, chief executive and port director of Port Everglades, and James Hertwig, president of Florida East Coast Railway, discuss their organizations’ recent performance, their partnership in a new intermodal container transfer facility, and the opportunities they see and projects they are pursuing for further growth.
Linda Styrk, Port of Seattle managing director, discusses Harbor Maintenance Tax reform, the competitive environment for U.S. West Coast ports, and environmental initiatives at the port.
Senior Editor Bill Cassidy interviews YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch, who is getting closer to his goal of returning the troubled less-than-truckload operator to profitability.
Peter Friedmann, Washington counsel for the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade, offers his takeaways from CONECT's annual trade and transportation conference in Newport, R.I.
Walter Kemmsies, chief economist at Moffatt & Nichol, comments on the need for improved U.S. transportation infrastructure.
CargoSmart’s Director of Sales and Services Graham Collins explains the importance of visibility and early alerts of disruptions to shippers. He discusses the TPM sponsor’s newest efforts to modernize cargo tracking efforts and provide information earlier than previously available.
Kathryn McDermott, Deputy Exec. Director, details the Port of Los Angeles’ $1.2 billion capital program, its Trade Connect education program for small and mid-size companies in the area, as well as the TPM Sponsor’s focus on building up the entire system surrounding the port.
Port of Tacoma’s CEO John Wolfe on competitiveness of the port industry and the TPM Sponsor’s 10-year plan for infrastructure improvements, larger-vessel management and cargo diversification.
Chris Lytle, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, discusses the business case for modernization and funding opportunities. Details the TPM sponsor’s recent infrastructure upgrades including Middle Harbor, I.T.S. Terminal and the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
General Manager of Marine Business Development Sebastian Degens talks about the Port of Portland’s labor and contract challenges of the past year, including Occupy Portland and ILWU union negotiations. Diverse cargo has led to top volumes in the last few years in auto and bulk, and the TPM sponsor has new land expansion under way.
Canadian National Railway’s Dan Bresolin, director of international marketing, on the TPM sponsor’s strategic investment in new markets including research into needs of its “customer’s customer,” Reefer service and expansion in Detroit are discussed, as well as CN’s corporate shift in focus from exclusively rail-related to the complete supply chain.
David Deng, Deputy General Manager, China Merchants Holdings (International), discusses TPM sponsor China Merchant Holding Inc.’s strategy for expansion in China and overseas, its shift toward port operations and outlook on possible threats as well as opportunities for the shipping industry.
Phyllis Saathof, Deputy Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, for the Port of Houston Authority, discusses the growth of the Texas and Houston-area economies and their impact on the port, the allocation of funds raised by the Harbor Maintenance Tax, and opportunities for the Port of Houston's future, including deepening the ship channel and the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Christian Boettcher, Global V.P. of Ocean Forwarding for UTi, on the growing move from air to ocean freight use and his expectations for the trans-Pacific eastbound market. He also discusses the TPM sponsor’s launch of new services and value-added visibility programs and upgrade of sea-air options and key gateways.
Gregory Tuthill, Senior Vice President North America Sales and Marketing for TPM sponsor NYK Line, discusses the challenges that ocean carriers currently face in terms of market growth, approaches to ensuring sustainable returns, and the downside of increased participation in carrier alliances.