Met a ton of great people and had meaningful conversations and learned a tremendous amount. . .
- Financial Analyst, Marketing
Bonanza Creek Energy
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Crude-by-Water North America

Reaching New Markets and Destinations for Domestic Crude Using Barge and Tanker, Chartering Jones Act Vessels, and Accessing Rail-to-Barge Terminals

February 3-4, 2015 · Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria · Houston, TX
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, February 3, 2014
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
David St. Amand, President, Navigistics
9:10 - 9:30
Keynote Address
Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr, Maritime Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
9:30 - 10:30
The Jones Act and Future Regulatory Developments
John Broadley, John H. Broadley & Associates
  • What you need to know about the Jones Act
  • Future of the Jones Act and the growing debate about making changes
  • Jones Act waivers and exceptions
  • What you need to know about the Coast Guard's safety and crew regulations
  • Potential changes to crew requirements for articulated tug-barges (ATBs) and how this could impact long-term viability
10:30 - 11:00        Extended Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00
Market and Supply of Jones Act Vessels
Chuck Garman, Vice-President, Marine Sales and Marketing, Gunderson Marine LLC part of the Greenbrier Companies (GBX)
David St. Amand, President, Navigistics

Get timely insights from both sides of the market: one of the largest vessel manufacturers in the U.S., and one of the market's leading consultants

  • Availability of Jones Act vessels:
    • inland barges
    • coastal barges
    • articulated tug-barges (ATBs)
    • coastal tankers

    One of the biggest challenges with taking advantage of crude-by-water is understanding and interpreting the market for Jones Act vessels.

    1) Manufacturer's Perspective (11:00 - 11:30)
    2) Consultant's Perspective (11:30 - 12:00)

    12:00 - 12:30
    Strategies for Chartering Vessels and Vessel Procurement
    • Best practices in vessel chartering
    • Limiting arbitrage costs
    • Working with vessel brokers
    • When you should consider buying a vessel
    • Lessons from experience with buying vessels
    12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
    1:30 - 2:30
    Taking Advantage of Pricing Dynamics and Examining Trends in Refiner Crude Diets
    Ethan Groveman, Manager of Project Consulting, PIRA
    • Economics that refiners are confronting
    • Key drivers of decision making by refiners
    • Taking advantage of optionality
    • Pricing differentials available through crude-by-water
    • Pricing forecasts
    • Long-term viability of crude-by-water
    • Impact of potential relaxing of crude export rules on economic drivers
    2:30 - 3:30
    Multi-Part Session
    Emerging Coastal Routes
    Abudi Zein, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, ClipperData
    Jim Stark, Executive Director, Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association
    Curtis Shuck, Senior Director of Sales, Port of Vancouver USA

    The options opened up by coastal crude transportation are limitless. Key players in these networks will explain how to take advantage of them. By covering each route, you'll be able to evaluate all of your options and ensure that you maximize your profits. You will also be able to compare the opportunities presented by inland and coastal routes and get comprehensive strategies for using coastal, inland, and rail in combination. Transportation networks that will be discussed in depth include:

    1) Gulf to the East Coast and Atlantic Canada (2:30 - 3:00)
    Networking Break (3:00 - 3:30)
    2) The Gulf Coast to the East Coast (3:30 - 4:00)
    3) The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (4:00 - 4:30)
    4) The Pacific Northwest (4:30 - 5:00)

    Each half-hour session will be presented by a speaker with an intimate knowledge of the infrastructure and crude shipping activities. They will use their first-hand experience to provide you with strategies and actionable information, such as:

    • How to take advantage of price differentials
    • Detailed information on refineries with access to coastal water
    • Terminal-by-terminal specifications for both loading and offloading
    • Which types of vessels are the best for different routes
    • When is the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway a better option than open water
    • Get around the Jones Act by shipping crude directly to Atlantic Canada

    5:15 - 6:30
    Cocktail Reception

    Take advantage of networking opportunities to meet other with crude and logistics professionals at our cocktail reception.

    Networking Opportunities - Who You Will Meet:
    Presidents, CEOs, COOs, Vice-Presidents, Directors, and Managers of:
    • Crude Trading and Marketing
    • Crude Supply and Sourcing
    • Crude Scheduling, and Logistics
    • Crude Testing
    • Barge, Tanker, and Marine Operations
    • Terminal Operations and Logistics
    • Rail Operations
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Strategic Planning
    • Market Analysis
    • Risk Management
    • Business Development
    From These Industry Sectors:
    • Producers and Refiners
    • Barge, Tanker, and Marine Operators, Manufacturers, and Owners
    • Marine Brokers and Logistics Providers
    • Transloaders
    • Terminal Developers and Operators
    • Midstream, Rail, and Pipeline Operators and Logistics Providers
    • Crude Storage Facility Operators
    • Railcar Manufacturers and Lessors
    • Market Analytics and Data Providers

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In the past few years, the expansion of crude-by-water (moving crude by barge or tanker) has outpaced crude-by-rail. Understanding the crude-by-water industry is essential for anyone who is involved with crude transportation and marketing. If you understand the industry, shipping crude by water can get you the best prices and maximize your profits. To do this you must understand the Jones Act, learn how to charter vessels cost-effectively, and become familiar with the rail-to-barge terminals, their prices, and their capacity.

INFONEX's Crude-by-Water North America will be the first conference exclusively dedicated to bringing the industry together to address these issues. You will make valuable connections with people from across the industry. You walk away from this conference with a comprehensive understanding of the crude-by-water industry. Our faculty of crude-by-water leaders and pioneers will provide you with the information that you need to master crude-by-water and maximize your profits.

You will hear from speakers who are heavily involved in shipping crude through each of the major crude-by-water networks:

  • The Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas Rivers
  • The East, West, and Gulf Coasts
  • The Pacific Northwest
  • Atlantic Canada

You will even hear about the potential for shipping domestic crude through the Panama Canal. You will also get detailed information on rail-to-barge terminals including volume, capacity, pricing, and which railways can give you access. You will hear from leading barge operators, ports, terminals, and railways. And, you will understand the Jones Act and learn how to cost-effectively charter and procure Jones Act vessels.

This will be the only conference in 2015 that will help you to make valuable business connections, build relationships, and get a serious understanding of how to thrive in the crude-by-water industry. It will also be the only conference that is designed specifically for crude shippers instead of investors. Register today!

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