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 Keynote:
Michael J. Rodriguez, Deputy Maritime Administrator,
U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD)

Michael J. Rodriguez was sworn in as Deputy Maritime Administrator on October 20, 2014. Coming to MARAD most recently from active duty with the National Maritime Intelligence- Integration Office, he brings over 35 years of public and private maritime industry experience to his dual role as a member of the Maritime Subsidy Board and auxiliary to the Maritime Administrator. In 2009, Rodriguez began service as Senior Professional Staff at the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. During his term with the committee, Rodriguez worked on a wide range of national maritime issues including navigation, port and waterway safety, and was instrumental in the committee's efforts to develop and pass the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.

Day Two Keynote:
Ilya Marotta, Executive Vice-President, Engineering and Program Management, Panama Canal Authority

Ilya Marotta has worked for the Panama Canal Commission / Panama Canal Authority for over 29 years on various positions. At present, she works as Executive Vice-President for Engineering and Program Management. This vice-presidency is in charge of preparing the designs and specifications for all Panama Canal Projects, also issuing and managing all the construction contracts for the Panama Canal; and heading the execution of the Panama Canal Expansion Program. In the development and execution of her responsibilities, Ilya has been recognized several times with several awards of excellence for her contribution to various programs.

Featuring These Industry Experts and Many More!
Stark Jim Stark
Executive Director
Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association
Roby Bruce Hodgson
Director, Market Development
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
Shuck Curtis Shuck
Senior Director of Sales
Port of Vancouver USA
Allen Tim Allen
Vice-President, Liquid Sales
American Commercial Lines
Viator Mark Viator
Director, Government Affairs and Special Projects
Jefferson Energy Companies
Trimble Marvin Trimble
Chief Business Officer
Strobel Starostka Construction Canada
Garman Chuck Garman
Vice-President, Marine Sales and Marketing
Gunderson Marine LLC part of the Greenbrier Companies (GBX)
Broadley John Broadley
John H. Broadley & Associates;
Former Chief Counsel
Federal Railroad Administration
Diehl Capt. Bill Diehl USCG (Ret.)
Greater Houston Port Bureau
Roby John Roby
Director of Corporate Affairs
Port of Beaumont
Zein Abudi Zein
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Mindrup Shawn Mindrup
Senior Sales and Market Account Executive, Energy and Shortline Relations
Kansas City Southern Railway
St. Armand David St. Amand
Groveman Ethan Groveman
Manager, Project Consulting
Halling Colin Halling
Director, Oil Market Publications
McGee Jeffrey McGee
Managing Director
Makai Marine Advisors LLC
Larkins Joel Larkins
VP, Business Development - Commercial
Presented in association with: Media Partner:
ERefinerLink Argus

Why This Conference is Different
  • This is the only Crude-by-Water conference that is exclusively for people who actually work in the crude transportation industry, not people who want to invest in the industry.
  • This is the only conference that will give you a comprehensive overview of all of the crude-by-water networks in North America.
Why You Should Attend
  • Network and make connections with key players in the upstream, midstream, and downstream levels of the crude-by-water industry
  • Learn about the new markets and destinations for domestic crude that are available through barge and coastal tanker
  • Get detailed insights into all of the major crude-by-water routes in North America
  • Figure out how to access these new markets, take advantage of price differentials, and get updated on developments in rail-to-barge terminals and refiner infrastructure
  • Understand the Jones Act and get strategies for chartering and aquiring Jones Act vessels
Crude-by-Water North America Brochure Download Brochure as PDF File
Lots of networking opportunities and good overview of market.
- Business Development Analyst
Kinder Morgan
Quality of presentation all very well done.
- Senior Specialist Regulatory
Cenovus Energy
One of the better seminars for content that will help me do my work, rather than the typical self-promoting presentations.
- Business Development Consultant
Cauldron Energy
All speakers were very knowledgeable and information shared is very relevant.
- VP of Business Development and Rail Logistics
Troyer Ventures
Was a great source of info and opportunity to network.
- Account Manager
Fortress Engineering
Great information. Terminal information very helpful.
- Director, Field Operations nd Western Sales
Salco Products
Met a ton of great people and had meaningful conversations and learned a tremendous amount. . .
- Financial Analyst, Marketing
Bonanza Creek Energy
Helped with water/barge info.
- Marketing Manager
BNSF Railway
Who Should Attend This Event

  • Presidents, CEOs, COOs
  • VPs, 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
    • Refiners
    • Barge, Tanker, and Marine Operators
    • Marine brokers and logistics providers
    • Transloaders
    • Terminal Developers and Operators
    • Midstream, Rail, and Pipeline Operators
    • Midstream, Rail, and Pipeline Logistics Providers
    • Crude Storage Facility Operators
    • Barge and Tanker Manufacturers and Owners
    • Railcar Manufacturers and Lessors
    • Crude and Chemical Testers
    • Market Analytics
    • 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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