Ports and Terminals Luncheon

    One of our premier educational events for our members and the public, the Ports and Terminals event presents a nationally recognized industry expert in a format that encourages questions and lively debate.

    In November 2015, Jack London Square was the venue for a sold-out luncheon featuring a stellar speaker and industry leader, Christopher L. Koch. Mr. Koch just retired from a 15-year tenure as president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), and continues to serve as its senior advisor.

    The WSC comprises the top 25 container lines in the world, which collectively control more than 17 million TEU capacity on more than 3,500 oceangoing vessels, representing 91 percent of all TEU on the water.

    Mr. Koch discussed how the container lines are tackling some of the world’s biggest transportation challenges, including the effects of mega-ships, environmental stewardship, tradelane overcapacity, and new regulatory regimes.

    The event featured a lively Q&A session, with several questions regarding the upcoming SOLAS verified gross mass weight reporting requirement starting July 1, 2016.

    Mr. Koch’s talk was covered by several industry media, and here is the story featured in Logistics Management, written by PTA member and former PTA president Patrick Burnson. You can read the article here

    Previous Ports and Terminals Luncheon speakers include:

    • Rodolfo Sabonge, vice president of the Panama Canal Authority
    • Walter Kemmsies, world-renown agro-economist at Moffatt & Nichol
    • John Hummer, director of the Northern California region for MARAD
    • James McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association
    • John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
    • Bill Mongelluzzo, senior editor of The Journal of Commerce