10th Annual Cargo Connections Conference

April 8, 2018 – April 10, 2018 all-day
The Chicory
610 S Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Port of New Orleans


The CCC is a dynamic conference focused on the efficient transportation of energy products, steel and other raw materials, containerized cargo, and more.  Many of the current challenges that the shipping community faces today are common across several industries and at the CCC, you will learn from a diverse group of industry experts. The CCC is a highly interactive forum with plenty of networking opportunities to see old friends and connect with new ones in America’s most unique city.

Sunday, April 8th

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Evening Welcome Reception/Registration at the Chicory

Monday, April 9th

8:00 am – 8:45 am

8:45 am – 9:30 am
Welcoming Address, Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO, Port of New Orleans

  • Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO, Port of New Orleans

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Keynote Address 1 (Sponsored by LAMA)

  • Nick Fafoutis,  Senior VP, Sales & CCO, CMA CGM (America) LLC

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Coffee Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Economic and Legislative Update

Experts weigh in on the state of the US and global economy and how the White House is affecting our industry. US unemployment trends are positive and expect to drive consumer and housing markets which are positive for trade. Ocean carriers have an opportunity to rebalance fleets and capitalize on operational efficiences-so what can we expect freight rates to do? Shippers still face uncertainties in steel, aluminum and poultry as additional tariff talks loom. What can we expect as far as domestic infrastructure spending and corporate tax reform? All of these issues will be explored in this dynamic session.


  • Charles Brittingham II, Senior Vice President, Cassidy and Associates
  • Bill Ralph, President & Maritime Economist, RK Johns & Associates

Moderator: Matt Gresham, Director of External Relations, Port of New Orleans

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Top 10 Awards Luncheon

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Moving on Up – Mississippi River Projects Outlook for 2018

New Orleans is the premier port for breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargo traveling up and down the Mississippi River. The administration’s upcoming $1 Trillion infrastructure investment plan will allocate funding to the river system which will improve transit times, lower costs, and reduce risks for all involved in the logistics supply chain. This panel will discuss projects along the Mississippi River system coming to fruition in 2018, as well as the effect of the administration’s infrastructure investment on future project planning for years to come.

Moderator: Paul Scott  Abbott, MAR, APRP,  Senior Correspondent,  American Journal of Transportation

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
America Runs on Imports: A discussion with key US importers about their markets and their supply chain and logistics challenges and opportunities.

In 2016, US imported goods totaled $2.2 trillion compared to $1.4 trillion in exports.  The importance of imports to the US economy cannot be overstated.  Hear from key importers about the supply chain and logistics challenges, opportunities and market trends.


  • David Darragh, President and CEO, Reily Foods Company
  • Armelle Honkou, Operations/Contract Manager, PGS

Moderator: Donna Lemm, Executive Vice President of National Sales, IMC Companies

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
The Future of Breakbulk

2018 will usher in a new wave of tariffs and quotas on commodities being imported into the United States.  How will the market respond?  Will trade lanes for major commodities such as steel, aluminum, rubber and forest products be affected?  Which countries and industries stand to gain the most from these changes?  What growth opportunities are there in the breakbulk market and how does increasing containerization affect the outlook for breakbulk?

Moderator: Edwin Bastian,  Global Sales Director,  BBC Chartering USA LLC

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Cocktail Hour on the Chicory Rooftop

Tuesday, April 10th

8:00 am – 8:45 am

8:45 am – 9:30 am
Keynote Address 2

9:30 am – 10:45 am
Port of New Orleans: Embracing Our Uniqueness to Enhance Supply Chain Efficiency

Much like the city, the Port of New Orleans is unique and vibrant.  Learn how the Port of New Orleans and its partners are using its natural resources, existing and new infrastructure and creative supply chain solutions to relieve and re-balance equipment deficits.  Hear from industry experts on why New Orleans is becoming an attractive alternative gateway in lieu of traditional routes.


  • Randy Guillot, President, Triple G Express
  • Doug Sturgis, NAA Logistics Leader, Packaging and Specialty Plastics, The Dow Chemical Company

10:45 am – 11:15 am
Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Let’s Talk Trains: A Class-I Conversation

Port NOLA is the only deepwater port that boasts six-Class I railroads.  Hear from each Class-I about their plans for the New Orleans gateway and more broadly.  Where is each investing?  Intermodal?  Box-car business?  Oil?  Learn about what economic and market factors are shaping the way Class-I’s are operating and doing business.


  • Trish Haver, Business Development Norfolk Southern
  • Rashard D. Howard, Industrial Development Manager, CSX

Moderator: Jared Sleeth, Director of Business Development, NOPB Railroad

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Lunch/Port Tour aboard the pullman cars (Limited space – 80 person capacity)