Monday, May 21

1:00 – 4:00pm
Prioritizing Transportation Infrastructure Investments: Soybean Export Supply-Chain Workshop

Room 143/144

Moderator:     Eric L. Jessup, Associate Professor, Co-Director, Freight Policy Transportation Institute Washington State
University School of Economic Sciences – presentation 

Speakers:        Austin Miller, Research Assistant, Washington State University School of Economic Sciences – presentation
Suzette Galinato, Research Associate, Washington State University School of Economic Sciences – presentation
 

The objective of this workshop, presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Washington State University, is to engage transportation stakeholders in the region and present the findings from recent research efforts aimed at modeling and measuring transportation infrastructure improvements that support specific export supply chains. This research is sponsored by the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) and focuses primarily on U.S. soybean exports. This approach could be utilized to prioritize national, regional and local transportation infrastructure investments.  For more information, please contact Morgan Conklin at morgan.conklin@wsu.edu

2:00 – 3:00pm
State of the Barge Industry

Room 142 – presentation 

Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Informa Economics IEG
J. Alan Barrett, Senior Transportation Analyst, Informa Economics IEG
Chaz Jones, Transportation Analyst, Informa Economics IEG

 

The inland barge industry has endured a period of low freight rates in the midst of a large fleet. Several carriers have merged or been acquired, changing the landscape across the system. This panel will discuss the fleet dynamics including retirements and newbuilds (including Informa Economics view on the barge fleets from Barge Fleet Profile report) for barges and towboats, and freight rates.  The panel will include great interaction with senior leadership from the inland barge operators.

3:00 – 4:00pm
Commodity and Shipper Trends 

 Room 142 – Presentation

Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Informa Economics IEG
J. Alan Barrett, Senior Transportation Analyst, Informa Economics IEG
Chaz Jones, Transportation Analyst, Informa Economics IEG

 

While the inland barge fleet has been plagued by an abundant fleet, there remains steady demand for service across many sectors. This panel will bring forth a view of what is moving, what is not (including Informa Economics view on commodity movements from the Barge Commodity Profile report), and what the system means to shipper who will be on the panel.

Tuesday, May 22

7:00 – 8:30am         *this session is full*
Working Breakfast – ITTS: FAST ACE, State Freight Plans, Performance Measures

Room 140/141

Moderator:     Brad J. McMahon, Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Missouri Division

Speakers:   Trung Trinh, Freight Coordinator and Transportation Planner, Missouri Department of Transportation
Virginia Porta, P.E., Senior Transportation Planning Engineering, Multimodal and Project Planning Section,
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
Holly Cohen, Freight and Rail Planning Administrator, Freight and Multimodal Operations Office, Florida Department of Transportation
Cheryl Ball, JD, Waterways and Freight Administrator, Missouri Department of Transportation
Jeffrey Purdy, FHWA

 

The Federal Highway Administration will provide a working breakfast to discuss various provisions of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.  The focus will be on state freight plans, working with freight advisory councils and performance measures. (Available to the first 80 registrants)

8:30 – 10:00am 
Developing Your Maritime Cybersecurity Plan

Room 143/144

ModeratorDean C. Shoultz, Chief Technology Officer, Marine CFO

Speakers: Matt Hahne, Vice President, Marsh USA
Bob Evans, Vice President of Information Technology, Marquette Transportation Company, LLC
Todd Epperson, USCG / Sector Upper Mississippi River, Senior Maritime Security Specialist/Critical Infrastructure/Key Resource Risk Analyst
Michael Fitzgerald, Office of Safety, Maritime Administration (MARAD)
Krystal Scott, Jones Walker
Matthew Partyka, Lloyds Register

 

Historically, cybersecurity was of little concern to the maritime industry, and even less concerning to the inland sector. Recent events, however, are changing perspectives on the true risks to vessel operators associated with a cyberattack. Recent incidents with companies like Maersk, vulnerability discoveries in VSAT and cellular communications, and the advent of NVIC 05-17, “Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Regulated Facilities” issued by the United States Coast Guard, are all clear indicators as to the increasing severity of the threat.

In May 2015, Rear Admiral Thomas (District 8 Commander at the time) confronted the issue by saying, “The Coast Guard has been encouraging industry to start tackling this issue because . . . if you wait until we have a real cyber incident, it’s going to be fast, painful and expensive.” Many operators have taken a wait-and-see attitude on the subject, but with critical machinery becoming increasingly more automated and on-vessel systems integrated to the cloud, the time to start addressing the issue is now. To further compound the problem, traditional marine insurance policies (hull and machinery, protection and indemnity, marine commercial general liability explicitly exclude cyber related issues, specifically the Institute Cyber Attack Exclusion Clause [CL380]). The bottom line is, if a cyber-attack disables your propulsion, or ransomware commandeers your navigation system resulting in an incident, you are likely not covered.

The IMX Cybersecurity Panel for the 2018 show will consist of industry experts from a variety of fields and contain valuable information you can use to start your cyber planning. Panelists will include representatives from Microsoft, TPO/class, maritime insurance providers, maritime legal firms, and maritime technology firms. They will discuss a range of topics, including insurance policy tweaking, integrating cyber drills into your TSMS/SMS, the legal implications of not preparing and crew training, along with practical ways of planning and preventing an incident.

8:30 – 10:00am 
The Interrupted Supply Chain

Room 142

Moderator: Tom McQueen, AICP, Assistant Planning Administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation

Speakers: Debra A. Calhoun, Secretary, National Waterways Foundation – presentation
Tom McQueen, Georgia Department of Transportation – presentation
Craig Philip, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University – presentation
Drew Ratcliff, Regional Disaster Recovery Manager, Capital Region Planning Commission – presentation
Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) – presentation

 

How do supply chains react when broken? What can public and private entities do to keep things on schedule to keep the economy moving.  Supply chains are often interrupted by natural and man-made disasters or breakdown in the transportation infrastructure. This panel will look at anticipated interruptions and impacts to the economy, safety and society of the United States citizens. Then, this panel will look at regional and national perspectives on how to incorporate resiliency into the supply chain and infrastructure to minimize those resulting impacts.

10:30 – 11:30am 
Continuing Education Opportunities for Ports

Facility Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Aimee Andres, AMPE, Executive Director, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals Inc.

 

Through strategic partnerships and its members, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals is proud to bring education, certification and training programs to our industry. We will discuss the inland port manager/inland port executive class, rail training, river school training and supply chain management opportunities. All are designed to enhance understanding, preparedness and safety in our industry.

10:30 – 11:30am 
LNG Marine Bunkering for the United States’ Inland Waterways

 

Room 143/144

Moderator: Shaunt Hartounian, Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Initiatives Eagle LNG Partners

Speakers:   Alisa Praskovich, Manager Business Development, LNG Marine Markets
Marc Montemarlo, CDR, Chief, Hazardous Materials Division, U.S. Coast Guard

 

Presentation Objectives

  1. Educate attendees on the basics of LNG;
  2. Highlight the environmental and safety benefits of LNG;
  3. Provide an overview of emerging LNG supply chains for assured supply ;
  4. Highlight regulatory changes on sulphur caps;
  5. Propose a transformation from existing fuel sources: “Why now is the time for the inland waterway shippers to consider LNG as a marine fuel;” and
  6. Debunking the current regulations on LNG fueling and vessel design.

 

Presentation Overview

  • Having made significant capital investments, liquefied natural gas has become more readily available, opening new marine markets.
  • With technology improvements in producing, delivering and operating with LNG, there has been a substantial decrease in LNG costs.
  • In its condensed liquid form, LNG takes up about 1/600th of the volume of natural gas, giving shippers the fuel storage space needed to shift from traditional carbon-intensive fuels to cleaner burning gas.
  • The LNG industry’s safety record is due to the attention given to engineering, construction and operations of LNG assets –  all along the value chain.
  • Shippers are developing partners to implement LNG bunkering along the inland waterways as their critical next step.

10:30 – 11:30am 
Subchapter M Panel – Part 1

Vessel Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Moderator: David Hammond, President, Inland Marine Service

Speakers:   Jason Adams, Chief Operations Officer, Inland Marine Service
Steven Douglass, Customer Service, U.S. Coast Guard
Paul Hite, Operations Coordinator, ABS
Chris Parsonage, President, Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau

 

Subchapter M presents a number of challenges to operators of inland towing vessels greater than 26 feet in length.  While the industry is well prepared as a whole there are a number of options for compliance and many unclear rules to navigate.  The flexibility is both a challenge and an opportunity.  But time has nearly run out.  Most requirements in Parts 140-144 take effect July 20, 2018.  This panel will allow the inland towing vessel operator an opportunity to identify a path towards compliance that meets its individual needs, make improvements to a current plan or get clarity and updates on specific parts of Subchapter M.  This session will be moderated by Inland Marine Service.  Part 1 will be a case study involving Inland Marine Service on their path towards compliance, followed by detailed presentations by TVIB, ABS and the U.S. Coast Guard.  Part 2 will be a continuation of the earlier discussion followed by a Q & A.

10:30 – 11:30am
First and Last Mile: Shortline Railroad and Terminal Connections

Room 142

Moderator: Holly Cohen, Freight and Rail Planning Administrator, Freight and Multimodal Operations Office, Florida Department of Transportation

Speakers: Mike McCarthy, President, Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis – presentation
Dave Geraci, Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Shortline rail and terminal rail locations are critical components of freight supply chains. They provide cargo movement between ports, industrial properties and Class 1 railroads. These providers face unique infrastructure and safety challenges that must be addressed. This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the benefits provided by these freight connectors and how public and private entities can partner with them to enhance supply chain delivery for your region.

11:45 – 12:30pm 
40 under 40 Awards • National Maritime Day • Challenges to the Future of River Transportation

Ferrara Theatre

Speakers: Rev. David M. Rider, Seamen’s Church
Peter Stephaich, Chairman and CEO, Campbell Transportation Company Inc.

Gather to honor 40 amazing young men and women who have already made significant contributions to the inland marine transportation industry, our 2018 IMX Achievement Award winner and all mariners as we unite to recognize National Maritime Day.  Listen as stories unfold, learn more about the unique lifestyle, and celebrate the mariner’s contribution.  You will also have the opportunity to learn how the waterways industry itself provides an invaluable service to shippers, consumers and the country as a whole.  Challenges that have prevented the barge industry from reaching its potential will be discussed, and as time permits, possible solutions will be introduced.

 

11:45 – 12:30pm 
National Maritime Day Recognition and Challenges to the Future of River Transportation

Ferrara Theatre

Speakers: Rev. David M. Rider, Seamen’s Church
Peter Stephaich, Chairman and CEO, Campbell Transportation Company Inc.

 

Gather to honor all mariners on United States National Maritime Day.  Listen as stories unfold, learning more about the unique lifestyle of this noble profession and the sacrifices that mariners are often called to make.  Along with their many contributions, learn how the waterways industry itself provides an invaluable service to shippers, consumers and the country as a whole.  Challenges that have prevented the barge industry from reaching its potential will be discussed, and as time permits, possible solutions will be introduced.

1:30 – 2:00pm – Combined Sessions

Efficiency Gains in Bulk Handling Cranes

Facility Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Speaker: Steve Osborne, CEO, E-Crane USA

 

The inland waterway system is the backbone of commerce in the United States.  The relative efficiency of water transport is well documented and provides a substantial reduction in environmental impact compared to rail, road or air cargo transport.

To an outsider, it might appear that little innovation has taken place in the industry over the last 25 years.  Watching from the riverbank, a tow of barges might not look all that different today than it did then.  However, every barge that is loaded with cargo must be unloaded at its destination, and there have been some serious innovations in this area over the years.

There are a wide array of bulk cargo unloading solutions along the waterways, starting in the boom days of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s with continuous unloaders, port-style grab cranes, to the use of crawler lift cranes with clamshells and followed by the adaption of fixed-boom hydraulic excavators, and other specialty machines.

Typically, these machines were evaluated only on production capacity.  But the mindset is now changing to using efficiency as an evaluation metric.  Just as the mile per gallon evaluation has changed the automotive industry, the energy cost for bulk handling is driving a change in ports and terminals.  We are seeing a new demand for equipment with the lowest energy input per ton handled.

We will explore the evolution of unloading technology on the rivers, shine a line on the efficiency gains of modern solutions and predict how this trend will progress in the future.

2:00 – 2:30pm 
The Hazards of Arc Flash and Combustible Dust – What YOU Need to Know

Facility Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Speakers: Pat McEvoy, P.E., CDG Engineers Inc.
Dustin Doerr, Senior Engineer, CDG Engineers Inc.

 

Combustible dust mitigation and ARC flash analysis are important safety issues that impact companies that transport or handle bulk materials.  Besides being a safety issue, both topics have OSHA requirements that must be met.  This technical presentation will provide practical guidance for companies to ensure compliance and prevent workplace injuries.

1:30 – 2:30pm 
Subchapter M Panel-Part 2 with Q&A

Vessel Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Moderator: David Hammond, President, Inland Marine Service

Speakers: Jason Adams, Chief Operations Officer, Inland Marine Service
Steven Douglass, Customer Service, U.S. Coast Guard
Paul Hite, Operations Coordinator, ABS
Chris Parsonage, President, Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau

 

Subchapter M presents a number of challenges to operators of inland towing vessels greater than 26 feet in length.  While the industry is well prepared as a whole there are a number of options for compliance and many unclear rules to navigate.  The flexibility is both a challenge and an opportunity.  But time has nearly run out.  Most requirements in Parts 140-144 take effect July 20, 2018.  This panel will allow the inland towing vessel operator an opportunity to identify a path towards compliance that meets its individual needs, make improvements to a current plan or get clarity and updates on specific parts of Subchapter M.  This session will be moderated by Inland Marine Service.  Part 1 will be a case study involving Inland Marine Service on their path towards compliance followed by detailed presentations by TVIB, ABS and the U.S. Coast Guard.  Part 2 will be a continuation of the earlier discussion followed by a Q & A.

1:30 – 2:30pm
Unlocking the Mysteries of Corporate Site Selection

Room 142

Moderator: Virginia Porta, P.E., Senior Transportation Planning Engineering Multimodal and Project Planning Section
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

Speakers: Steve Johnson, CEO, Missouri Partnership – presentation
Eli Falls, Manager of Industrial Development, Norfolk Southern Railway
David Cox, Director for Missouri Economic Development Council’s District 5 – presentation 

 

Responding to site selection solicitations from corporations looking to relocate or expand their facilities can be daunting. State, local, and regional economic development experts must collect multiple pieces of data in a short period of time. This panel will discuss the top “must-haves” requested, what rail access means to developers versus the railway companies, and how to bring all this information together in a timely manner to achieve success.

1:30 – 2:00pm 

Hyperloop and the Road to Tomorrow

Room 143/144

Speakers: Thomas Blair, P.E., District Engineer – St. Louis, Missouri Department of Transportation download the presentation here
Andrew Smith, Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, St. Louis Regional Chamber download the presentation here

 

The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition, a public-private partnership of several civic organizations and the Missouri Department of Transportation, has taken the lead in coordinating a major engineering feasibility study of the Hyperloop technology, as well as the proposed route.  The study will be conducted by Black & Veatch.  Missouri is one of the “top 5, if not top 3” sites in the world under consideration for the first inter-city route.

3:00 – 4:00pm 
Shipyard Grants-Opportunities and Procedures

Facility Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Speaker: Dave Matsuda, Principal, Matsuda & Associates, LLC

 

Federal programs run by the U.S. Maritime Administration and U.S. Department of Labor can provide both funding and technical assistance to help shipyard operators meet future capital and workforce needs, including new equipment purchases. Hear the latest from former U.S. Maritime Administrator Matsuda on his current initiatives to sustain these important programs and how inland waterway maritime employers can take advantage of them.

3:00 – 4:00pm 
Crewing Your Inland River Vessel: Best Practices and New Developments

Vessel Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Moderator: Tom Montgomery, President, Inland Rivers HR
Speakers: Vicki Morgan, Inland Rivers HR
Bill Kline, President, The River School
Debra Keller, VP of Compliance, Reverence Services Inc.

 

The industry is facing significant recruitment and regulatory challenges. This session will address specific challenges and strategies surrounding four specific topics affecting inland mariners.  Panelists will discuss recruiting, employment and background checks; training and documentation of training required under Subchapter M; and licensing challenges.  There will be four 10-12 minute presentations on each subject followed by a Q & A.

3:00 – 4:00pm 
Return on Investment in Ports by Missouri Taxpayers

Room 142

Moderator: Randall Withers, P.E., Director, Ports and Waterways, Office of Multimodal Commerce, Department of Transportation and Development

Speakers: Bryan Ross, Waterways and Freight Manager, Missouri Department of Transportation – presentation
Paula Dowell, Principal and Director, Economics, Cambridge Systematics Inc. – presentation

 

As state revenues decrease the public and elected officials are looking for what investments can generate a return on investment. The Missouri Department of Transportation commissioned an analysis to answer that question for state funds invested in the public port system. This session will present the findings of this report and how Missouri is using the findings to support budget decisions.

3:00 – 5:30pm            *this session is full*

Aids to Navigation and Channel Maintenance – US Army Corps of Engineers and United States Coast Guard

Offsite

Speakers: Vessel crew/staff

 

 

Field trip to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Service Base in St. Louis. Learn about river dredging management and tour U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer vessels. This tour will provide an educational opportunity and allow attendees a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Corps’ and Coast Guard’s day-to-day operations and missions. Due to the infrastructure, not all parts of the tour are ADA accessible.  (Available to the first 80 registrants.)

Wednesday, May 23

7:30 – 8:30am          *this session is full*


Working Breakfast – ITTS:  FHWA/MARAD Federal Role in Supporting Freight

Room 140/141

Moderator: Chris Collins, LADOTD

Speakers: Branden Leay Criman, Director, Inland Waterways Gateway, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration – presentation
Andrew Schimpf, P.E., Rivers Project Operations Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – presentation
Jeffrey Purdy, FHWA – presentation

 

The Federal Highway Administration and the Maritime Administration will discuss their respective programs that assist in promoting investment in freight-related facilities.  (Available to the first 80 registrants.)

 8:30 – 10:00am 
Avoiding Legal Exposure and Liability that Follows a Disaster

Room 142

presentation

Moderator: Maurice C. Hebert, Jr., Esq., New Orleans, LA

Marine Attorney: Marc C. Hebert, Esq., Jones Walker Law Firm, New Orleans, LA
Marine Operator: Alan Savoie, Cooper Consolidated, Destrehan, LA
Marine Surveyor: Fred Budwine, Budwine and Associates/River Services, Inc., Covington, LA

 

AVOIDING LEGAL EXPOSURE AND LIABILITY THAT FOLLOWS A DISASTER, WHICH INCLUDES *****

–What legal obligations are imposed to avoid liability for hurricanes, high water, ice and earthquakes?

–What about the rules and regulations of the USCG?

–What are my defenses to liability claims?

–What company documentation must I prepare in support of my defenses?

–“Force Majeure” and “Act of God”—are these legal and valid defenses? When?

8:30 – 10:00am 

St. Louis – A Leader in Agricultural Innovation and Distribution

Room 143/144

Moderator: Mary Lamie, Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Freightway

Speakers: Brian Burke, Principle, John Stewart & Associates
Dave Jump, CEO, American Milling LP
Eric L. Jessup, Associate Professor, Co-Director, Freight Policy Transportation Institute Washington State University School of Economic Sciences
Scott Sigman, IL Soybean Association – presentation

 

The world’s population is expected to grow to more than 9 billion people by 2050, and the demand for food and other agricultural products will expand considerably.  In fact, projections estimate that overall global food production would need to increase by 70 percent. The keys to addressing this global need will be new technology and innovation in the agricultural sector, combined with an efficient distribution network to transport products around the world.

St. Louis has become an agricultural capital of the world. The region is home to world-class research institutions and leaders in the agriculture and bioscience industries, and new investment has attracted more businesses, experts and start-ups to the area. Here in the breadbasket of the nation, the St. Louis region also enjoys the highest level of grain barge handling capacity anywhere along the Mississippi River, and with more than $200 million in infrastructure investment, this Ag Coast of America is positioned to meet the growing demand for regional trade and agricultural exports.

Learn from our panels of experts about what these assets mean for the future of the agriculture and bioscience industries, and the potential impact they can deliver to the region, the nation and the entire international marketplace.

10:30 – 11:30am 
Electric Propulsion

Vessel Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Speakers: Edward Schwarz, Vice President, New Build Sales, ABB Marine & Ports
Joshua Sebastian, P.E., The Shearer Group Inc.
Erasto Fernandez, Marine Project Engineer, Marathon Petroleum Company

 

Diesel electric propulsion on the inland rivers is coming.  With increased regulations from the EPA and tightening of revenue, diesel electric propulsion offers a valuable option that should be considered as part of the entire engineering design process for a new inland towboat.  Benefits extend beyond just fuel cost savings by also providing for improvement in maintenance schedules and increased operational safety for towboats.

10:30 – 11:30am 
Dredging Our Channels and Harbors

Facility Focus – Tradeshow Floor

Moderator: Anna Townshend, Editor, International Dredging Review

Speakers:  Larry McAdoo, Regional Manager, Anvil Attachments
Paul Clouse, Chief, Engineering Data Management, St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lance Engle, Dredging Project Manager, St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

 

This panel discussion will explore some of the dredging equipment used along the Mississippi River and inland waterways dredging projects. Paul Clouse, chief of the St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering Data Management branch will talk about the Corps’ hydrographic surveying equipment and current project along the river. Lance Engle, dredging project manager with the St. Louis District Corps of Engineers will discuss features of the Corps dredge and the type of work it does along the river. Larry McAdoo from Anvil Attachments will talk about mechanical dredging and some of the bucket and grapple equipment used on the inland waterways and dredging projects on the river.

10:30 – 11:30am 
Container on Barge

Room 142

Moderator: Lynn Soporowski, P.E., Transportation Engineering Branch Manager, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Speakers: Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies – presentation
Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director, America’s Central Port – presentation
Robert Landry, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Port of New Orleans – presentation

 

Container-on-barge service has long been touted as the next big transition on the inland waterways. Several COB services have been initiated in recent years with varying success. This panel will highlight successful elements of recent efforts and discuss proposals for a service using different vessels and business models.

10:30 – 11:30am  
TRAINFO – Using Real-Time Train Data to Reduce Congestion, Avoid Delays and Keep Vehicles Moving

Room 143/144

Speaker: Garreth Rempel, CEO and Co-Founder, TRAINFO – presentation

 

The U.S. relies on trucking to move more than 70 percent of the nation’s freight volume. However, the intersection of our roads and rail crossings, particularly in manufacturing and industrial areas, can create roadblocks leading to missed deliveries, lost productivity and increased costs. TRAINFO uses innovative technologies to predict potential travel delays caused by railroad crossing blockages and advanced information systems to help truck drivers, commuters and emergency responders avoid these delays. Hear from the president and CEO of TRAINFO to get an overview of its system and find out how it works to keep freight moving in America.

11:45 – 12:30pm  
Agriculture Trends for Transportation

Moderator:  Cheryl Ball, JD, Waterways and Freight Administrator, Missouri Department of Transportation
Speaker: Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director, Soy Transportation Coalition – presentation

Agriculture is the largest U.S. export valued at more than $133 billion annually. The agriculture industry uses rail, truck and water to reach these markets. Efficient transportation from farm to market is critical for ag producers to compete in the global market. This session will focus on the forecast for agriculture and how transportation infrastructure will be impacted by these changing trends.  Topics will include what to plan for and how to retain the international market share of the United States.

1:30 – 2:30pm 
Update on the U.S. Economy

Room 142

Moderator: Trung Trinh, Freight Coordinator and Transportation Planner Missouri Department of Transportation

Speaker: Charles S. Gascon, Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis – presentation 

 

This session provides a macro overview of the U.S. economy, focusing on broad trends in employment, manufacturing and exports.

1:30 – 2:30pm 
St. Louis Regional Logistics Workforce Challenge

Room 143/144

Moderator: Dustin McKissen, Vice President of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Center Business and Community Partners

Speakers: Barbara R. Murray, Executive Director, TransPORTS
Scott Drachnik, Executive Director, St. Charles County Workforce and Business Development
Steve Faust, Business Development/Diversity Coordinator, icon Mechanical

 

The St. Louis region has seen a recent influx of logistics, freight, and warehouse related jobs. In one week alone, Amazon and Grove Collaborative announced new distribution and fulfillment centers will soon open in the Premier 370 business park in St. Charles County. With the unemployment rate in parts of the region nearing zero, filling these positions could be a significant challenge. In this session, local workforce officials, educators, and hiring managers will discuss strategies to overcome that challenge.

3:00 – 4:00pm 
Commodity and Shipper Trends

Room 143/144

Speakers: Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Informa Economics IEG
Alan Barrett, Senior Transportation Analyst, Informa Economics IEG
Chaz Jones, Transportation Analyst, Informa Economics IEG

 

While the inland barge fleet has been plagued by an abundant fleet, there remains steady demand for service across many sectors. This panel will bring forth a view of what is moving, what is not (including Informa Economics view on commodity movements from the Barge Commodity Profile report), and what the system means to shipper who will be on the panel.

3:00-4:00pm 
Autonomous Trucks

Room 142

Moderator: Thomas Blair, District Engineer, MoDOT

Speaker: Steven Schmith, Automotive Marketing Leader, Deloitte – video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl3GeGYHjgkwww.deloitte.com/insights/future-of-mobility
Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University – presentation

The recent rapid advancements in technology surrounding the use and accommodation of autonomous vehicles will require state and local officials to respond with infrastructure improvements and enhancements and innovative technologies. As more autonomous vehicles are introduced, all parties will have to coordinate to ensure delivery of the anticipated safety and efficiency benefits.

 4:00 – 5:00pm 
Truck Parking

Room 142

Moderator: Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies

Speakers: Steve Vujic, Acres Truck Parking
Scott Grenerth, Truck Specialized Parking Services – presentation
Ann Schneider, President and Owner, Ann L. Schneider and Associates, LLC
Mary Grace Parker, I-95 Corridor / Tom McQueen, AICP, Assistant Planning Administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation – presentation

 

Truck parking needs are an ever-changing dynamic. Drivers balance the constraints of shipping and delivery schedules, available safe parking, and hours of service limitations. Both the public and private sector are working to provide safe, efficient truck parking spaces that increase efficiency of freight delivery and reduce congestion. This panel will discuss the complexity of truck parking and provide examples of public and private solutions.  

4:00 – 5:00pm 
State of the Barge Industry

Speakers: Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Informa Economics IEG
J. Alan Barrett, Senior Transportation Analyst, Informa Economics IEG
Chaz Jones, Transportation Analyst, Informa Economics IEG

 

The inland barge industry has endured a period of low freight rates in the midst of a large fleet. Several carriers have merged or been acquired, changing the landscape across the system. This panel will discuss the fleet dynamics including retirements and newbuilds (including Informa Economics view on the barge fleets from Barge Fleet Profile report) for barges and towboats, and freight rates.  The panel will include great interaction with senior leadership from the inland barge operators.

Thursday, May 24

7:30 – 10:00am 
Riverboat Tour of St. Louis Region’s Freight Assets and Opportunities

Riverfront

 

A riverboat tour on the Mississippi River will highlight key freight assets and opportunities that position the St. Louis region as a global freight and logistics hub. This curated tour will provide an up-close look at critical elements of the region’s multimodal freight network, including roads and bridges; rail and barge facilities; multimodal freight transfer services; and the ports and infrastructure that have made this section of the Mississippi River the Ag Coast of America. A breakfast buffet onboard the riverboat is included in the tour.  ADA Compliant on first level only.  Cost: $35/person (available to the first 125 registrants).  Location: Downtown St. Louis Riverfront.

11:30am – 1:30pm 
2018 Annual Freight Summit Luncheon – St. Louis Regional Freightway

Marriot Grand

Join business leaders, real estate and freight industry experts, and elected officials from throughout the bi-state area at The Freightway’s 2018 Freight Summit and learn the latest news and developments about the region’s freight and logistics initiatives. Attendees will receive updates on major infrastructure projects impacting the region’s multimodal freight network, new information and opportunities on inland waterway freight movement, and key objectives on the table for 2018.  Cost: $65/person (separate registration required).  Location: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, Landmark Ballroom.