Industry Experts to Discuss Planning for Shifting Trade During Program in Tampa, Feb. 2-3, 2017
Shifting international trade patterns create a complex scenario for urban, regional and transportation planners. In an era of trade policy uncertainty, vessel overcapacity, volatile ocean freight rates, and pressures to reduce costs at the same time that larger ships are seeking to call at America’s seaports, it’s forcing transportation planners to demand higher capacity road and rail freight connections, deeper harbors, bigger cranes and sturdier berths.
“The 2017 Planning for Shifting Tradeprogram began in Tampa in 2008 and is now one of AAPA’s best attended annual conferences,” saidJean Godwin, AAPA executive vice president and general counsel. “It focuses on the recent changes and turbulence in today’s international trading environment, and provides a variety of expert viewpoints to examine the issues from different perspectives.”
Seminar presentations will address cargo forecasting, international trade issues and impacts, and important trends and variables like global trade demand and its effects on domestic exports. Planning-related sessions, which are approved for certification maintenance credits for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designees, will address best practices in master planning and regional planning and port cooperation.
Tom Perdue, Executive Vice President, Ports America and President, Ports America Stevedoring
Allen Clifford, Executive Vice President, Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc.
Bruce E. Cashon, Senior Vice Pres. & CCO, Ceres Terminals Incorporated
Elaine Nessle, Executive Director, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors
Marianela Dengo, Manager, Strategic Relations Management Section, Panama Canal Authority
Ana Teresa Igarza, General Director, Mariel Economic Special Development Zone
Leonardo Sosa Barrios, Assistant Director, Mariel Container Terminal, Cuba
Dr. Natacha J. Yacinthe, AICP, PPM, Seaport Planning Manager, Port Everglades
Clement Reid, Port Director, Port Authority of the Cayman Islands
Thomas A. Ward, PE/SE, D.PE, Senior Maritime Planner, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Greg Stuart, Executive Director, Broward County MPO
James R. Brennan, Partner, Capstan Consulting, LLC
John C. Driscoll, Director of Maritime, Port of Oakland
Patrick Jefferson, General Manager of Multi-Use Terminals, Virginia Port Authority
Robert M. Landry, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of New Orleans
Joe Dunlap, Managing Director Industrial & Logistics, CBRE
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About Port Tampa Bay Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting over 85,000 jobs and generating more than $17 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. Port Tampa Bay was named Port Operator of the Year for 2016 by Lloyd’s List
About AAPA Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 140 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 250 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2014 totaled 3.48 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.75 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.68 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.36 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.39 trillion. To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable. For more information, visit www.aapa-ports.org. On Twitter: http://twitter.com/AAPA_Seaports