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Oct 2017


George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida de las Americas Houston , Texas 77010
Tel: (713) 853-8000
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BreakBulk Americas 2017






Event Overview:

Breakbulk Americas is the largest exhibition of its kind in the Americas, bringing top-tier shippers together with breakbulk and project cargo service providers.

Breakbulk Americas’s targeted programming will ensure that you develop skills and strategy to help you do your job more effectively, while making industry connections that count.

Breakbulk Americas is the venue to connect with executives from leading EPCs and other large-scale shippers  who are moving cargoes throughout the Americas and around the world. Exhibitors and sponsors include specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/ terminals, logistics providers, road, rail, barge and air transportation, export packers, equipment companies and more.

Hear from industry experts during the conference sessions, which are held on the exhibition floor. Those seeking to build their professional skills can participate in a number of workshops, designed for a variety of experience levels.

Attendee Information:

Network with than 500 cargo owners — the decision makers for projects around the world
Oil & Gas • Energy • Infrastructure • Water • Engineering, Procurement & Construction • Global Manufacturers

Meet over 400 exhibitors from each link in the supply chain
Ports • Terminals • Ocean Carriers • Heavy Haul • Engineering & Rigging  • Air Cargo • Barge & Tug • IT & Technology • Marine Services • Insurers • Specialized Equipment • Freight Forwarders

Gain practical insight from industry experts at conference sessions, which will be held throughout the two-day exhibition. Take the opportunity to stand out by asking a question during each session’s Q&A, and stay to meet the speakers because there’s no replacement for face-to-face.

Improve job skills at our free on-the-floor micro-seminars and exhibitor-led sessions.

TechZone Americas
This innovative feature will showcase some of the latest technology that is likely to change, affect and disrupt shipping and project logistics in the next decade. Demo kiosks and speaker opportunities are available

Exhibitor Information:

Breakbulk Americas is the biggest show for project cargo and breakbulk transportation specialists in the Americas, offering nearly limitless opportunities to discover new business and to strengthen your existing customer relationships.

With more than 5,500 expected at this year’s event, you can’t find a more efficient way to grow your business.

There are many opportunities to raise your company profile at the event. We’ll help you choose the best location for your booth based on current availability – the earlier you book, the more options you’ll have. There is also a wide variety of sponsorship options from a traditional choice like delegate bags to an innovative option like hosting the live social media wall. We’re happy to go over all the options with you so you can make the best strategic choice.


Oct 17   

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


Bahri Breakbulk Americas Golf Tournament 2017

6:30 am
Golf Tournament Registration
Location: Wildcat Country Club (12000 Almeda Road, Houston, TX)

8:00 am
Shotgun Start
Location: Wildcat Country Club (12000 Almeda Road, Houston, TX)
Sponsored by:


8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Project Freight Management – The Shippers’ Perspective

Instructor: Petrus (Peter) BouwhuisiBrabble B.V. Education & Events

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
PPG Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Forwarding Workshop

Instructor: Rodger Hall and Kevin Stephens, Project Professionals Group



1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Four Seasons Hotel, Houston
1300 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010

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

Oct 18   

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


7:15 am
Breakbulk BUSINESSrun (Meet Time)

7:30 am
Breakbulk BUSINESSrun (Start Time)


8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Jerry Nagel Education Day

8:30 am – 1:00 pm
PPG Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Forwarding Workshop

Instructor: Rodger Hall and Kevin Stephens, Project Professionals Group


Conference Suite Sponsored by:

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Welcoming Remarks

Roger GuentherPort of Houston Authority
Janet Nodar, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media

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

Continued low oil prices, excess capacity, and a traumatic natural disaster in the Gulf of Mexico…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 oil and gas industry 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
David Hawk, Global Logistics Manager, Solar Turbines
Todd Arnold, Global Category Manager – International, Inbound & Project Logistics, Shell Global Solutions

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, Exec VP, UTC Overseas
Amber Knipe, Sr. Global Customs Brokerage Mgr., Halliburton
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, Program Adviser, Breakbulk Events & Media

Oct 20   

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


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, ISI Proyectos & BASE Logistika
Raul Cuevas, Commercial Manager, Muciño
Jurgen Hess
, CEO, IPA Steel Terminal Altamira
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 Global Corporate & Specialty
ARC Marine Risk Consulting Representative
John Nixon, Sr. Director: Energy & Utilities, DF PL – Industries, Siemens
Nikola Hagleitner, CEO Industrial Projects, DHL Global Forwarding


3:30 pm – 3:40 pm
Closing Remarks

John Amos, Program Adviser, Breakbulk Events & Media

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