Monday, May 22

2017 Barge & Towboat Fleet Profile and Trends

The inland barge fleet is constantly adjusting to meet future demands. The towboat fleet is under similar pressures, and is also undergoing significant changes due to policy requirements. With access to Informa’s Barge Fleet Profile and Barge Commodity Profile, as well as data from the Inland River Record, this session will highlight the latest barge and towboat fleet developments

Informa Economics IEG – Liquid Cargo

Tank barge construction has trended up in the past few years; however, a decline in oil prices and competition from pipelines has made a sharp impact and lowered demand. It is not all bad news for the tank barge industry though. This panel will investigate the latest trends and opportunities in the marine transportation of liquid cargoes, from the tank barge fleet to industrial developments on the horizon.

Subchapter M – Road to Compliance Overview; Your Vessels and Equipment

The attendees will be presented with a view of the enormity (number of vessels/number of companies) of Subchapter M compliance, the required milestones, time frame and tasks. This will help identify bottlenecks that the audience must keep in mind as we discuss vessel equipment requirements (vendor lead time issues), shipyard installation time for new equipment and drydock scheduling. The informative session will allow sufficient time for Q & A.

Wednesday, May 24

State of US Economy and Policy

The recent economic news and activity has given consumers optimism, and policy and budget announcements from the Trump administration are being highly scrutinized. This session will give guidance on the economic, political and policy environment and give you an understanding of what it means for the inland marine industry.

Informa Economics IEG – Dry Cargo Trends

With the regulatory environment changes, competition in the energy sector and trade agreements on the table, there will undoubtedly be several changes to the demand for dry bulk cargo that travels via barge. This panel of experts will take a detailed look at grain, coal, fertilizer and more.

Subchapter M – Focus on Develop Your Own TSMS Option – A Case Study

Higman Barge Lines Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, had
its own Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) approved and certified by a Third-Party Organization (TPO) as prescribed under Subchapter M. Wavecrest Inc., as the selected TPO, with the Coast Guard in attendance, completed the audit process of Higman’s TSMS and issued the Subchapter M TSMS Certificate in February 2017.

Benefits of Barge Transportation – Study Info to be Shared For General Distribution

This is a must-attend session! Most in the audience understand the advantages of barge transportation and the importance of our inland and intracoastal waterways for our economy, security and way of life. But there is a lot of outdated information out there, too. In this session, you will get the most up-to-date information so that you can better advocate for the industry and help spread the word of its benefits.

Tuesday, May 23

Keynote Speaker – Tony Crow, INJAM

An accident, on or off the job, can change many lives in the blink of an eye. On February 15, 2003, Tony Crow’s life changed forever, as well as the lives of his family. He was totally blinded for life. In 2007, Tony formed a non-profit corporation INJAM (It’s Not Just About Me) and now travels all over the US and Canada delivering this message. Tony’s message, a motivational, true-life experience about safety and leadership, is compelling and passionate. He uses humor and real-life stories to share how he is living as a blind person in a sighted world. He shares the importance of safety 24/7 at work, home or play.

How to Raise Awareness and Increase Tonnage in Your Region

This special panel will leave you with ideas on how you can better market your facility and/or region. We will review specific efforts that have been made on the Missouri, middle Ohio and Arkansas waterways to increase tonnage and bring the benefits of barge transportation to area shippers.

Subchapter M – Focus on Internal Surveying Programs

TVIB will speak about the requirements for surveying under Subchapter M. Operators who choose the TSMS, or Towing Safety Management System, option for regulatory compliance have the option of building it with an internal survey program that includes Third-Party Organization (TPO) oversight, or using an external program with a TPO conducting the surveys.

Barge Terminals – Increase Your Efficiency and Save Money

This panel is a collection of inland marine service providers who operate around a variety of terminal types and infrastructure conditions. Each provider will give examples of what he or she views as ideal structures, mechanical systems and conditions to maximize efficiency and save clients money.

Electronic Navigation

IInland Electronic Navigation Charts have given mariners a valuable tool for their toolbox. This panel will explore what is currently available to mariners, how it could be best used to further safe operations, investigation for lessons learned and what may be on the horizon.

Dock Construction and Maintenance – Best Practices to Increase Efficency

This discussion will focus on ways to increase efficiencies through preventative maintenance and upgrades. A collection of contractors and engineers who specialize in the design, construction and repair of inland river barge terminals will give a short presentation on some of the best designs and upgrades that have provided their clients with increased efficiency at their barge terminals.

The Blessing and Curse of Social Media – A Candid Discussion From the Humanitarian, Operational and Legal Perspectives

Social media powerfully connects mariners with loved ones while on their hitches. Social media usage, however, does not come without responsibilities. This panel discusses the benefits and risks of social media usage from humanitarian, operational and legal perspectives and engages participants in sharing experiences and best practices.

Informa Economics IEG – Container-On-Barge

Containers moving via barge has been on the thought of industry for decades. The shipping community continues to evolve, inland ports continue to prepare and the maritime administration continues to promote the idea. This session will examine the latest in the ongoing saga.