Wednesday 9th August, 2017

08:00 – 09:00
Coffee and registration
09:00 - 10:15
Session 1: Charting the future

North America’s finished vehicle supply chains are handling huge numbers of cars. The US’s 40 vehicle-handling ports alone processed some 10m tonnes of vehicles last year, with around 7,065 port calls by 2,900 ro-ro vessels, according to the US Maritime Administration. But such high volumes of imports and exports can easily congest supply chains – leaving OEMs, port operators, shipping lines and logistics providers with a major headache.

Find out here:

  • Where the vehicle import-export market is heading
  • What the main challenges are in trying to develop port infrastructure
  • How future policy changes are likely to impact on vehicle flows
  • Where the main opportunities can be found in terms of network optimization

Delegates will develop a clear understanding in this summit-opener of the importance of infrastructure development, technology adaptation and network optimization in enhancing throughput at North America’s major vehicle handling ports.

welcoming remarks by Maryland Port Administration

Brandon Mason Automotive Director and Mobility Leader PwC
AL Zapanta President & CEO US Mexico Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

10:15 - 11:00
Networking and coffee break
11:00 - 12:15
Session 2: Optimising ports’ eco-systems

Vehicle volumes are not the only problem for ports – they also have to deal with the challenges of increasing vessel sizes, bunching in ship arrival times, constraints in their own storage capacity and problems in network visibility. All of these can add to the volume pressures, slowing operations and crowding yards.

This session will consider:

  • What the key challenges are for ports in managing flows of ships and vehicles
  • How communications and network visibility can be improved and what difference this will really make
  • What the technology innovations are that will drive change and how soon they are likely to be doing so
  • The many ways in which traditional port eco-systems will evolve as a result

With input from OEMs, port operators, technology providers, terminal operators and shipping lines, this session will underline the ways in which ports can reinvent themselves to address the operational issues currently holding them back.

Kurt Nagle CEO American Association of Port Authorities
Patrick Foran Operations Support Glovis America
Alex MacGregor Development Manager TransDevelopment Group
Bill Kerrigan Vice President - Logistics SSA Marine Auto

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

12:15 - 14:00
Networking and lunch
14:00 – 15:15
Session 3: Gearing up for tomorrow

Ports are complex operations that connect multiple modes of transportation including water, rail and road. And this interconnected eco-system is evolving with the adaptation of new technology and improved processes. Making sure they can continue to meet customer demand and the needs of the future will be essential to the connectivity and long-term sustainability of finished vehicle networks.

Come and discover:

  • What really needs to be done to gear up for future customer demand
  • Which strategies and models will be dominating tomorrow’s vehicle import-export sector
  • How ports and their partners can make the most of advanced transportation systems, including self-driving vehicles
  • What our data is really telling us – and how to make best use of what it is saying
  • Despite looming change, the customer remains king. This presentation will highlight the need for finished vehicle networks to use new technology and processes to provide their customers with smooth, timely and accurate flows of both information and vehicles.

    Charles J. Franklin II Manager Export Logistics American Honda Motor
    Travis Black StrongPort Planner US DoT- Maritime Administration
    Tianbing Qian SVP & CIO Ports America
    Christopher Kenmore CEO Vehnet
    Trish Zarik Finished Vehicle Logistics Consultant Automotive Industry Action Group

    Moderator: Neemish Ladwa International Conference Manager Automotive Logistics Group

15:15 - 16:00
Networking and coffee break
16:00 – 17:15
Session 4: Meeting future demands

A Q&A session with a VIP panel of leading figures in the North American vehicle import-export sector that will discuss the evolving eco-system of finished vehicle logistics, imports and exports, and consider the importance of co-operation among the various partners in the supply chain – as well as the strategies required to meet growing demands.

Summarising the key action points to have emerged during the day, this concluding panel discussion will identify the key steps OEMs, ports, shipping lines and terminal operators must take to ensure tomorrow’s North American vehicle flows are adequately supported.

Chuck Kendig Asst. Vice President Sales & Production Planning, Logistics American Honda
Mark R. Boucher Director Vehicle Logistics Volkswagen Group of America
Alrick Duncan Intercontinental & Port Operations Supervisor General Motors

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Post-event drinks at the Pratt Street Ale House

Relax and mingle with your peers over a drink or two at one of Baltimore’s most popular ale houses.

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