To bring together representatives of shipping lines, marine terminals, engineering companies, port authorities, importers and exporters, motor carriers and labor unions to identify best practices and options to improve productivity at container terminals that, at times, have become a bottleneck in the North American supply chain.


The mounting obstacles North American ports must overcome to rise to world-class stature were on full display early this year when the 18,000-TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin visited Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle. East Coast ports have been facing similar challenges with the June completion of the Panama Canal’s third set of locks that will eventually result in vessels capable of handling 14,000 TEUs calling there. Marine terminals must dramatically transform cargo-handling processes in order to load and unload these mega-ships in four days or less. They must maintain fluid yard operations to prevent terminal gridlock, and they must seamlessly process 3,000 or more trucks into and out of their facilities each day without generating long truck queues and insufferably long truck visit times. The JOC Port Performance North America 2016 Conference will attempt to provide solutions to these difficult problems. Panels comprised of port and terminal executives, longshoremen, maritime industry engineers, truckers and beneficial cargo owners will discuss the latest advances in terminal automation, technology, cargo-handling processes and appointment systems. These potential solutions to port congestion have been implemented at the most advanced terminals in Europe and Asia, and are beginning to surface at North American ports. Industry experts will highlight the progress that some ports are making, and they will challenge all major North American ports to improve their performance as they journey to the ultimate goal of being world-class gateways.


Rich Ceci, Senior Vice President of Technology, Virginia International Terminals
Rebecca Dye, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission
Felix Kasiske, Managing Director and Partner, HPC Hamburg Port Consulting
Weston LaBar, Founding Partner, PEAR Strategies
Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23, International Longshore and Warehouse Union
Dean Tracy, Managing Director, Global Integrated Solutions

William B. Cassidy