Peter Tirschwell

Peter Tirschwell, IHS Maritime & Trade senior content officer, is a prominent thought-leader in maritime transportation with more than 20 years as journalist and business leader at The Journal of Commerce.

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Vessel capacity remains the overriding concern about whether the Port of Houston will be able to handle the wave of plastic resins exports that will add half a million TEU annually to export volumes within a few years. 

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