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 Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, February 4, 2014
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks from the Chair
David St. Amand, President, Navigistics
9:10 - 9:30
Keynote Address
Ilya Marotta, Executive Vice-President for Engineering and Program Management, Panama Canal Authority
9:30 - 10:00
Panama Canal Expansion: Shipping Domestic Crude from the Gulf to the West Coast
Jeffrey McGee, Managing Director, Makai Marine Advisors LLC
  • Timetable for completion of the Panama Canal Expansion Project
  • Tanker specifications
  • Cost of shipping crude through the Panama Canal
  • Potential traffic and congestion issues
  • Shipping times
  • Price differentials on the West Coast
10:00 - 10:30        Extended Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Panel Discussion
Accessing Rail-to-Barge Terminals
Shawn Mindrup, Senior Sales and Market Account Executive, Energy and Shortline Relations, Kansas City Southern Railway
John Roby, Director of Corporate Affairs, Port of Beaumont
Mark Viator, Director, Government Affairs and Special Projects, Jefferson Energy Companies
  • Hear railway, terminal, and barge perspectives
  • Strategies for avoiding bottlenecks
  • Identifying the best railway routes
  • Shortening transloading times
  • Understand the role of barge operators in the shipping process
  • Managing intermodal relationships
11:30 - 12:30
Using Rail to Access Water from Landlocked Plays
Marvin Trimble, Chief Business Officer, Strobel Starostka Construction Canada

Landlocked crude plays like the Bakken, Niobrara, and the Canadian oil sands have been relying on rail in recent years to get their crude to market. Now, barge and tanker are being used in combination with rail to move crude from these plays down the Mississippi River and the West Coast.

1) Bakken and Niobrara (11:30 12:00)
2) Canada and the Oil Sands (12:00 12:30)

This two-part session will examine:

  • Rail-to-barge loading terminals on the Mississippi
  • Rail-to-water facilities on the West Coast
  • Which railways can access which terminals
  • Terminal capacity, volume, cost, and turnaround times
  • Terminal development plans
  • West Coast refinery specifications and appetites
  • Downstream markets accessible through the Mississippi
12:30 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 4:30
Emerging Inland Routes
Colin Halling, Director, Oil Market Publications, Genscape
Tim Allen, Vice-President, Liquid Sales, American Commercial Lines
Bruce Hodgson, Director, Market Development, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

America's major rivers have become crucial arteries for crude transportation. Barge offers an excellent opportunity for getting crude to market. Hear specific details from experts who are heavily involved in barging crude through each of these rivers:

1) The Mississippi River (1:40 2:10)
2) Marcellus-Utica and the Ohio River (2:10 2:40)
3) Cushing and the Arkansas River (2:40 3:10)
4) Albany and the Hudson River (3:10 3:40)

Each half-hour section will discuss issues relevant and specific to each region, including:

  • Advantages of using barge over pipeline and rail
  • New markets that barge has opened up through each of these networks
  • Precise locations of rail-to-barge terminals and which railways can access them
  • Terminal-by-terminal volumes, prices, and turnaround times
  • Potential traffic, congestion, and bottleneck issues
  • Infrastructure development plans
4:30        End of Day Two
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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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