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2008 AAPA Shifting International Trade Routes and Planning for the Panama Canal Expansion

January 23, 2008
Tampa, FL

AAPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration are co-sponsoring this special one and a half day workshop to look at shifting international trade routes and the implications of the planned expansion of the Panama Canal. Speakers will address shifts in global trade patterns; provide an update on the planned expansion of the Panama Canal; discuss trade lane competition; impacts on waterside and terminal development; landside and inland infrastructure development to meeting future infrastructure needs; and financing future infrastructure needs. This workshop has been added to the regular schedule of AAPA events because of the great significance of the changes that will take place in worldwide trade lanes in the next few years. Don't miss this one-of-a kind program.

Welcoming and Opening Remarks

  • Kurt Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities
  • The Honorable Sean Connaughton, Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration
  • Richard Wainio, Port Director and CEO, Tampa Port Authority
  • His Excellency Federico A. Humbert, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama

Shifts in Global Trade Patterns

A keynote address on shifting trade patterns and trade lane competition; the impact of trade growth, larger ships, and system synchronization.  The speaker will discuss trade route options/alternatives for North and South America.

  • Robert West, Managing Director, Maritime Services, Global Insight, Inc. 

Update on the Panama Canal Expansion

A discussion of the impact/importance of the Panama Canal expansion between a representative from the Panama Canal Authority and a port director who was born and raised in the Canal Zone and spent much of his career working for the Panama Canal Commission.

Trade Lane Competition

Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of trade gateways, the factors considered in making routing decisions, and how they are planning to adjust to shifting trade routes.

  • Mike DiVirgilio, Senior Vice President for Development, Ceres Terminals, Inc.
  • Jimmy Lyons, Director & CEO, Alabama State Port Authority
  • Mike Leone, Port Director, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Simon Munn, Sr. Director, Ocean Procurement North America, DHL Global Forwarding
  • Greg Tuthill, Senior Vice President, Operating Services, NYK Line (North America) Inc.

* Please note each speaker is linked to the same presentation since this panel presented as a group. 


  • D.A. Brill, Ph.D., Executive Office of the Governor, Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development

Meeting Future Infrastructure Needs—Waterside and Terminal Development

Panelists will discuss the challenges of handling increasing trade volumes in and out of North America and the impact of shifting trade lanes on dredging needs and terminal development.

  • The Honorable John Paul Woodley, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
  • Robin Dolan, Vice President, Business Development, Ports America Inc.
  • H. Thomas Kornegay P.E., PPM®, Executive Director, Port of Houston Authority
  • Ian Cairns, Senior Vice President, Marine Terminal Operations, CMA-CGM
  • Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr., President & CEO, Sourth Carolina State Ports Authority

Meeting Future Infrastructure Needs—Landside and Inland

Trade shifts and volume increases will affect capacity and congestion on highways and railroads, create short sea shipping opportunities, and affect decisions on locating inland terminals and distribution centers.  The panel will discuss how they are approaching these impacts.

  • J. Michael Zachary, P.E., PPM®, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Services, Tompkins Associates
  • Doug Marchand, PPM®, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
  • Adam Bridges, Assistant Vice President, CSX Corporation
  • David Croft, International Logistics Manager, Chep Equipment Pooling Systems
  • John D. Bowe, President - Americas, APL Limited 

Financing Future Infrastructure Needs

Panelists will discuss financing options for meeting future transportation infrastructure needs, including different types of public-private partnerships.

  • Rick Ferrin, Executive Director, Jacksonville Port Authority
  • Jeffrey D. Holt, Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Anne Van Praagh, Vice President, Morgan Stanley
  • William L. Ralph, R. K. Johns & Associates, Inc.
  • Robin Lanier, Executive Director, Waterfront Coalition

Roundtable Discussion

Closing Remarks

  • Messrs. Connaughton and Nagle