October 17-19, 2017
George R. Brown Convention Center
Halls A & B
Houston, Texas, USA

October 17, 2017: Project Freight Management – The Shipper’s Perspective
October 17, 2017: PPG Certificate in Project Cargo Forwarding
October 17, 2017: 2017 Breakbulk Americas Executive Summit (By Invitation Only)
October 17, 2017: Evening Welcome Reception
October 18, 2017: Jerry Nagel Education Day
October 18, 2017: BUSINESSrun
October 18-19, 2017: Educational Workshops, Conference, Exhibition and TechZone Americas

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Halls A & B


8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Project Freight Management – The Shipper’s Perspective
Location: GRBCC, Meeting Room 370AB, 3rd Floor

Instructor: Petrus (Peter) Bouwhuis, iBrabble B.V. Education & Events

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
PPG Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Forwarding
Location: GRBCC, Meeting Room 370C, 3rd Floor

Instructor: Rodger Hall and Kevin Stephens, Project Professionals Group

2017 Breakbulk Americas Executive Summit


1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

Keynote Speaker

Bob Tinn, Capital Projects Procurement Manager, ChevronPhillips Chemical Co.


Capital Projects Logistics Management Workshop

Phyllis Kulkarni, Director North America, Independent Project Analysis


5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Halls A & B

Sponsored by

Port Houston 2017 Logo

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Halls A & B

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Exhibition Halls Hours
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Halls A & B

Sponsored by


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7:15 am
Breakbulk BUSINESSrun (Meet Time)

7:30 am
Breakbulk BUSINESSrun (Start Time)


8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Jerry Nagel Education Day
Location: GRBCC, Meeting Room 361A, 3rd Floor

8:30 am – 1:00 pm
PPG Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Forwarding
Location: GRBCC, Meeting Room 370C, 3rd Floor

Instructor: Rodger Hall and Kevin Stephens, Project Professionals Group


10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sponsored by

Port of Galveston


Located on the exhibition hall floor, Booth 1555

Conference Suite Sponsored by:

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Welcoming Remarks

Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media

10:30 am – 10:55 am
EPC Outlook for Oil & Gas Projects

Continued low oil prices, increased competition, localization and major global impacts…what does the future hold for EPCs and their suppliers? Bechtel’s Ed Gore provides his perspective on the impact these factors and other market influences will have on the near term projects market in the western hemisphere and globally.

Ed Gore, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, Bechtel Oil Gas & Chemicals

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Deep Waters: Whither the Fleet?

New Fleet Outlook for the Multipurpose Vessels – Is there light at the end of the tunnel? And when is that end? Our fleet expert, Susan Oatway from Drewry Shipping, will provide us with the potential ups and downs…

Susan Oatway, Senior Analyst, Drewry Shipping Consultants

11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Deep Waters: Rivals, Regs and Carrier Risk

The seas may be calming, but the heavy-lift and multipurpose carrier niche still faces stormy weather on several fronts. Looming IMO regulations on ballast water and sulfur levels could cost the industry billions over the next decade. Overcapacity and low freight rates continue to fuel competition from other sectors, while a cruel debt overhang pushes industry consolidation. Who will survive? What will the sector look like a few years down the road? Our panel of experts shares their views.

Moderator: Ed Bastian, Director, Global Sales, BBC Chartering
Jake Swanson
, Global Logistics Director, CB&I Engineering & Construction
Frank Fischer, Managing Director, Tonnage Procurement, Intermarine
Brent A. Patterson
, Senior VP, Global Projects, Bluewater Shipping
Ulrich Ulrichs, CEO, Rickmers-Line


2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Shippers Panel: The Modern Project Logistics Supply Chain – Or Is It?

Cargo owners and shippers are often eager to bring modern technology and best practices to bear on their logistics transport and supply chains, but a traditional industry can be resistant. How quickly is the project transport industry evolving? What iterations of 3PL/4PL services, new technologies and other innovations would be welcomed? Our panel of executive shippers will discuss what they see, and what they’d like to see, from their project logistics supply chains.

Moderator: Alex Azparrent, Director Global Logistics, Fluor
Gary Sostack, Administrator, Logistics & Services Division,  Aramco Services Company
John Hark, Regional Director-North America & Chief Operating Officer – South America, Bertling Logistics
Amy Stepka, Senior Logistics Project Manager, GE Power Gas Power Systems
Todd Arnold, Global Category Manager – International, Inbound & Project Logistics, Shell Global Solutions
Stacia Ellis, Manager – Overhaul Logistics and Prep Community Liaison, Solar Turbines, Inc.

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Incoterms Rules 2020 – How Can We Improve Them for Project Cargo Shippers?

Seemingly subtle changes to Incoterms rules, the trade terms used in most international trade contracts, can have dramatic effects when it comes to the transfer of risk – and the accumulation (or not) of profits. When the international team tasked with updating Incoterms rules meets again to work on the looming 2020 update, they would like to include suggestions from Breakbulk’s cargo shippers in their considerations. Please join us for this update, discussion and information-gathering session with our panel of experts.

Moderator: Marco Poisler, Executive Vice President, UTC Overseas Inc.
Samuel Holmes, Logistics Coordinator, Wood Group
Frank Reynolds, President, International Projects Inc.
Frank Schroder, Global Logistics Manager, CB&I Fabrication Services


3:50 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing Remarks

John Amos, Senior Program Adviser, Breakbulk Events & Media


Located on the exhibition hall floor, Booth 213

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Micro-Seminar: Compliance

Compliance has many facets. Our industry expert practitioners will provide an overview noting the key laws and regulations. They will then focus on “what keeps a compliance person up at night” with current issues and constant concerns. Lastly, the practitioners will discuss client requirements and supporting the sales effort.

Kathy Canaan, Global Director Trade Compliance, Fluor
Mandy Gardiner, Trade Compliance Specialist, Kiewit
Jeremy O’Guin, Regional Trade Compliance Manager, Bertling Logistics, Inc.


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Exhibitor-led Session: Volga Dnepr
Implementing Cargo Supermarket Projects

Synergy of the unique fleet, cargo supermarket, skills and experience allows accomplishing ambitious projects and benefiting customers and society. The Volga-Dnepr Group presents unique logistics solutions for the humanitarian mission of eliminating the consequences of disasters such as those at Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the operational relocation of CBI production facilities in Papua New Guinea, the transportation of helicopters for Columbia Helicopter company and much more.

Peter Baldauf, Business Development Manager, Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo
Vadim Yakovlev, Load Planning Executive, Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Exhibitor-led Session: Maximizing Cargo Safety and Vessel Efficiency

Weather routing and fleet optimization has been proven to be a valuable tool for crew/vessel/cargo safety as well as vessel efficiency by the IMO. This topic will be explored in a case study through the eyes of the shipper.

John Eaton, Client Services Manager, Routing and Fleet Services, StormGeo

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Exhibitor-led Session: 5 Essentials for Shipping Breakbulk to and from Europe

An experienced director from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, shares the latest insights for shipping breakbulk cargo to and from Europe.

Danny Levenswaard, Director Breakbulk, Port of Rotterdam Authority

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Micro-Seminar: AIIS – Steel Challenges in 2017 and Beyond

Since the election, the defense of the free trade of international steel has come under fire. Representatives of the American Institute of International Steel will be providing an update on the discussions in Washington, D.C. and the paths forward for the industry.

John Foster, Chairman, AIIS

The Cost of Protection:
Richard Brazzale, Managing Director, Lake Shore Associates LLC

The Legal Perspective:
Larry Hanson, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson P.C.

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Micro-Seminar: Overcoming Barriers in Moving Oversize/Overweight Throughout North America

A former State DOT official shares all the insider tips for safely and efficiently obtaining and moving oversize permit loads throughout North America including: Positioning your company’s brand correctly with individual state/province permit officials, Coordinating Properly with law enforcement, utilities, pilots, etc. and reducing risk through emergency preparedness.

Steven Todd, Vice President, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

Thursday October 19, 2017

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Halls A & B

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibition Halls Hours
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, Halls A & B


Located on the exhibition hall floor, Booth 1555

Conference Suite Sponsored by:

10:30 am – 10:40 am
Opening Remarks

Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media

10:45 am – 11:30 am
Americas Trade Update

Rodger Baker, Vice President of Strategic Analysis with our global intelligence partner, Stratfor, will provide a geopolitical view of global events that will shape risk and/or opportunity in the Americas including a forecast on the future of NAFTA in particular.

Rodger Baker, Vice President of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor

11:30 am – 12:25 pm
South of the Border: Mexico on the Move

Despite roller-coaster oil prices, investment has been strong since Mexico’s energy sector was opened to foreign participation in 2013. Determined to improve its electrification infrastructure, Mexico is investing billions in both traditional and renewable power capacity. And, while negotiating Mexican customs, permitting, roadways, compliance — our regional experts are in the midst of the action.

Moderator: Brandon Strange, Assistant Manager, Logistics & Transportation, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas
Armando Lee, Operations Manager, ICI Proyectos & BASE Logistika
Raul Cuevas, Commercial Manager, Transportes Muciño
Jurgen Hess
, CEO, IPA Steel Terminal
Gabriela Jonasson, Logistics Manager Latin American Projects, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Networking Luncheon Break

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Technology Innovation in the Project Cargo Industry

As the project cargo industry looks for ways to be more competitive, innovation plays a significant role. Futuristic ideas, historically viewed as something for tomorrow, are available today. Virtual and augmented reality will introduce completely new ways to collaborate and plan, and 5D simulation models will be a minimum expectation for predicting outcomes. Digital twins will be a standard for evaluating risk. Several leaders in innovation will discuss the current landscape and share their perspectives on what is next for the project cargo industry.

Moderator: Stephen “Spo” Spoljaric, Logistics Manager/Procurement Innovation Leader, Bechtel Oil, Gas, & Chemicals
Andrew Kinsey, Senior Marine Risk Consultant at Allianz Risk Consultants
ARC Marine Risk Consulting Representative
John Lusty, Director of Energy & Utility Solutions, Siemens

Michael Ynosencio, Director of Business Development, DHL Global Forwarding


3:30 pm – 3:40 pm
Closing Remarks

John Amos, Senior Program Adviser, Breakbulk Events & Media


Located on the exhibition hall floor, Booth 213

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Micro-Seminar: Innovations in Technology

Part I: Project Logistics Management

Use the right processes, and the right technological tools, for the modern project logistics industry. Email and spreadsheets are the past: the future of logistics lies beyond these old-fashioned methods.

Peter Bouwhuis, President & CEO, XELLZ BV

Part II: Agility’s Perspective on Its Breakthrough Technology

Biju Kewalram, Vice President, Operational Transformation, Agility Global Integrated Logistics

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Exhibitor-led Session: Inbound Freight Optimization: A Case for Change

Jeff Tucker will discuss how Breakbulk attendees can reduce capital expenditures by 6-16%, gain 100% single-window visibility on inbound shipments, and use data to identify costly organizational behaviors that can be modified to save their organizations money.

Jeff Tucker, CEO, Tucker Company Worldwide

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Micro-Seminar: Combining the Best of Both Worlds-A Freight Forwarding Network Owning an NVOCC

Atlas Breakbulk Alliance (ABA) will be providing a case study on Reels from Switzerland via Antwerp to Seattle, demonstrating the unique approach that can be utilized to accomplish the cargo movement successfully.

Jared Weiss, Vice President, Target Shipping
Albert Pegg, Managing Director, Atlas Breakbulk Alliance

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