The East Coast’s premier conference for ports, logistics, and trade

3-Day Overview

May 8 4:30 PM - 7:15 PM Maritime Mixer on the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship. More Information.
May 9 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM International Trade Symposium. More details coming soon.
May 9 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 99th Annual Maritime Banquet dinner and speaker More Information.
May 10 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Golf Outing. More Information.

Symposium Schedule & Panels

7:30 AM Symposium Registration & Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00 AM Opening & Welcoming Remarks
9:15 AM Morning Keynote: Tom Capozzi on "Sustainable Stability"
The Port of Virginia’s Chief Sales Officer Tom Capozzi discusses how the Port is managing its growth through its historic $700 million expansion projects – and providing ocean carriers, BCOs, truckers and other transportation intermediaries with long-term solutions that allow them to make decisions and conduct their business with confidence.
9:45 AM Tariffs and Their Impact on Global Supply Chains
Today’s global economy is truly intertwined, with billions of dollars of goods and services flowing across borders around the clock. As every action has an equal and opposite reaction, tariffs and other restrictive trade measures can reroute the flow of commerce from one country to another, or even halt it completely. As companies are looking for predictability how are the current trade wars impacting global supply chains?
10:45 AM Networking Coffee Break
11:00 AM Disruptive Technology
Industries across the globe are being impacted by emerging technologies, and the maritime industry is no exception. The Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), block chain, and cyber security are now common language and already permeate today’s maritime supply chain. If these disruptive technologies are here to stay, how can early-adopters leverage them to gain market advantage?
12:00 PM Luncheon Keynotes: Kate Ballengee, Esq and Peter Friedman on "Demurrage and Detention"
Join us for a different kind of lunch program this year! Two well-known proponents will represent opposite sides on the “Detention and Demurrage” issue. Kate Ballengee, Esq. of Metro Group Maritime will deliver a pointed discussion of the rationale for the charging of detention and demurrage. Following her presentation, Peter Friedman of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition will inform the attendees of the cargo owners’ perspective on this highly debated issue affecting the industry at large. These two are sure to make lunch a program you won’t want to miss.
1:30 PM Reservation Systems
Are reservation systems a panacea for terminal congestion woes? Bigger ships and growing container volumes are causing congestion problems at ports throughout North America, while truckers, the linchpin for clearing this congestion, have become increasingly frustrated by long wait times at the terminals. This panel will explore the benefits and challenges of reservation systems, which are designed with the intent to facilitate a more efficient experience between motor carriers and our nation’s container terminals.
3:00 PM Closing Remarks

Become a Symposium Sponsor!

Platinum Level Sponsors

Norfolk Southern Port of  Virginia

Silver Level Sponsors

Atlantic Intermodal Century Express CrossGlobe DCLI Dewberry Givens Livingston Port of Nansha TAL TRAC Intermodal US Maritime Alliance - USMX Virginia Deptartment of Agriculture and Consumer Services XPO Logistics

Media Sponsors

AJOT Virginia Business

Hosted By

Virginia Maritime American Shipper

Have a Question? Contact us!


Jennifer Parham

Event Manager
Virginia Maritime Association
(757) 628-2663

Howard Hayes

Hayes H Howard

Symposium Sponsorship Contact
American Shipper
(904) 355-2601

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