27 - 29 October 2020

Virtual Expo

You can now access the event online from the comfort & safety of your own home or office

Whether you’re a cargo owner, 3PL, ocean carrier, land transport provider, port authority or terminal operator, the webinar programme at TOC Americas will give you the latest intelligence on key trends in international trade, container shipping strategy, port development, transport logistics and of course, terminal operations.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

10:00 Los Angeles / 12:00 Lima / 13.00 Miami / 17:00 London 

The industry was already bracing itself for a challenging 2020. Trade Wars, IMO 2020 and the continued digitalization all indicated that, yet again, the industry would have to navigate precariously through the year - a period of adaption and adjustment as it sought to comply, react and navigate itself in the new world order.  

And then the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. It has created one of the most severely challenging environments ever to operate in. There has been no individual or business that has not been impacted over the past 6 months as economic productivity plummeted, manufacturing was halted, and retail activity stopped.  

Statistically, comparisons between 2020 and the Financial Crisis in 2008 are often drawn and the dramatic slumps in cargo volumes witnessed in Q2 & Q3 across the globe indicate that the current situation could be much worse (a record 27% drop in economic trade was announced for Q2). The speed of the recovery now rests on the pandemic easing and more importantly for business and consumer confidence to return but the industry will have to now accept the new reality of lower economic activity, growth and capacity.  

2020 will still be the year where the industry navigates through period of adaption and adjustment, but no-one would have predicted 12 months ago that it would be on this size and scale.  

Discussion points:

  • The impact of COVID-19 regionally & globally? 
  • When will the journey to recovery begin? 
  • New Normal & New Realities: What does a post COVID-19 economy look like? 
  • IMO 2020: The somewhat forgotten drive to decarbonising the shipping sector? 

Jonh Fossey

Consulting Editor

 WorldCargo News

Jan Hoffman

 Chief - Logistics Branch


Andrew Lorimer

Managing Director


                         Flor Pitty                          General Director & Maritime Ancillary Industries

Panama Maritime Authority

Dinesh Sharma



07:30 Los Angeles / 09:30 Lima / 10:30 Miami / 14:30 London 

Automation has dominated the industry across the world for over 20 years and shows very little signs of slowing down in the future. Automation is accelerating all over the world to ensure low operating cost, high availability and utilization of the terminal assets in the yard, gate, berth, and equipment capacity.  

Even in the COVID-19 pandemic, the automation debate did not diminish and has continued to be a major talking point as many people now face up to prospect of remote working and radically rethinking operational procedures – automation will be critical facet for all ports to consider to implement, increase and improve going forward.  But many ports continue to underestimate the challenge of acquiring the needed capabilities.   

Discussion points:

  • Has the events of 2020 changed your Automation strategy? 
  • The important first steps to automating container port operations? 
  • Understanding the technology available 
  • Finding out where you are in the full automation of port and terminal operations?  

12:30 Los Angeles / 14:30 Lima / 15:30 Miami / 19:30 London 

The COVID-19 pandemic leaves the port & terminal community to yet again reassess its operational effectiveness. Further disruption has exerted even more pressure onto an already complex process. From a technical perspective, the transformation and acceleration towards digital has already begun and will only exponentially increase over the coming years. Cargo is still moving across the globe with up to 50% of the workforce operating remotely at times. Innovative digital technologies will radically re-shape the day-to-day working of the port & terminal.  

The pandemic has also impacted the human element of port operations. Ports are having to try and minimise their workers exposure to COVID-19 which can be problematic in an environment where hundreds of people interact and move around during any given shift and also coping with a high number of absentee workers whilst still striving to deliver operational efficiency and move cargo through the port quickly to their final destination.  

New rules will now be implemented, additional checks established, and further protections introduced to assist the frontline workers.  

These are challenging and disruptive times but a somewhat forced shift into changing operational outlooks can also bring many benefits to the industry and done correctly, will radically re-shape and potentially improve future workings.  

Discussion points:

  • AI, Digital Twins & Automated Freight – how will they improve port operations? 
  • Are you ready to accelerate your digital operational model? 
  • What are the biggest concerns for a post COVID-19 port operation? 
  • What additional checks and further protections have been introduced to assist frontline workers? Is more needed? 

Noel Hacebaga

Deputy Executive Director & COO 

Port of Long Beach

Andrés Repetto


Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaíso

Wednesday 28 October 2020

12:00 Los Angeles / 14:00 Lima / 15:00 Miami / 19:00 London 

The shipping landscape continues to be radically and rapidly transformed by technology and innovation where pioneering alternatives have begun to transform traditional supply chain methods. Communication, connectivity and visibility are rapidly evolving, and technology has helped streamline and hasten all processes in the movement of goods as major market players fully commit to digitizing their operations.  Any digital journey will now have been accelerated and necessitated by the events of 2020.  

Whether feared or embraced, these enablers and disruptors offer an exciting opportunity for traditional supply chain actors who can radically enhance and improve their customer and network operations. We are already seeing industry collaboration with many new digital platforms bringing together the supply chain and technology industry and its this joint expertise that can is delivering truly game-changing initiatives.  

Digital is now the dominating force sweeping across the industry whether it be the latest technological buzzwords, or the literal game-changing alternatives now being implemented.  

Discussion points:

  • What is the value of ports in this digital revolution? 
  • Is there are long-term ambition for technology and digitization in supply chains? 
  • Isn’t communication and change-management now the key to success and will this happen in such a silo’ d industry? 
  • The impact of new business models and chances of disruption? 
  • What the pitfalls when embracing this new landscape? 

07:30 Los Angeles / 09:30 Lima / 10:30 Miami / 14:30 London

Newer environmental regulations have placed pressure on Ports & Terminals to be greener and more energy efficient and now a wide array of vital environmental initiatives is being implemented in the ongoing cause to mitigate carbon emissions and ensure that port operations ‘go green’.   To deliver the long-term ambition of an eco-efficient and low emission terminal, a heavy reliance is now on the industry to develop and implement new and greener technologies and equipment.

 Discussion points:

  •  What solutions and technologies are available?
  •  Planning your own path for greener operations?
  •  Developing real saving potential both in terms of emissions levels and costs? 

Thursday 29 October 2020

07:30 Los Angeles / 09:30 Lima / 10.30 Miami / 14:30 London 

Attractive market conditions – certainly in Latin America – and the ongoing pressure for ports across the region to upgrade, expand and modernise its port infrastructure led to boom in construction and expansion in the port sector. This ongoing drive was to ensure that the region be able to compete in the global economy.  COVID-19 has bought this to a shuddering halt.

Not only as social distancing and remote working mean that constructions sites remain empty but from an investment perspective, organisations and nations - China had been investing heavily in infrastructure across Latin America over the past decade – are now re-assessing investment portfolios. The investment and infrastructure landscape will be redrawn after COVID-19 and for some, this will be a huge opportunity to exert more dominance across the region.  

Construction always tend to suffer through periods of economic uncertainty but as countries try to bounce-back, Governments are throwing financial support towards construction and infrastructure. Ports & Terminals, which have played a crucial role over the past few months during the pandemic, will be vital in any economic recovery.  

Discussion points: 

  • How has the pandemic changed the investment & infrastructure landscape across the Americas? 
  • Insight into latest developments and challenges of US, Central & Latin American infrastructure projects? 
  • The different investment models being pursued by terminal operators 
  • To counter the consolidation of shipping lines, is terminal consolidation a viable option?   

Jonathan Daniels

Chief Executive & Port Director

 Port Everglades

Patricio Junior

Director - Terminal Investments

 Terminal Investment Limited

Griff Lynch

Executive Director

 Georgia Ports Authority

Paul McClintock

Senior Vice President

 South Carolina Ports Authority

10:00 Los Angeles / 12:00 Lima / 13:00 Miami / 17:00 London 

Not reflective of the current economic situation, the container lines have pursued a regime that has taken everyone by surprised and which not many predicted at the start of this crisis. At the beginning of this crisis, analyst speculated about how severely impacted the lines would be and estimates of up to $23 billion losses were predicted.  Almost immediately after the pandemic started to take hold, the lines implemented one of the most aggressive programmes of blank sailings witnessed in history. The concept of blank sailings in times of crisis is not unusual as lines tend to revert to a survivor mode and stabilise its operations by managing capacity.   

But now, and if these rates can be maintained, liners could make a profit as high as $9 billion – this number is even more astounding when you consider that in 2019, the liners collectively profited to the tune of $5 billion before the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Compared to the 2008 financial crisis, the liner industry seems to have learnt from its mistakes when its reaction was slow and has helped paint this healthy picture for the sector. But how long they keep up their freight rates remain to be seen. Shortly after the financial crash, lines spiralled into a price war and as the economic impact of the pandemic takes hold, the industry hopes that history will not repeat itself.  

Discussion points: 

  • Can the ‘blank sailing’ regime and freight rates be maintained? 
  • Can this stability be maintained across all trade routes or will some suffer more than others? 
  • Could we see liner bankruptcy or state bailouts for lines in foreseeable future? 
  • How has the IMO 2020 impacted operations? 
  • What impact will a potential 2nd wave have on liner strategies? 

Jonh Fossey

Consulting Editor

 WorldCargo News

Howard Finkel

Executive Vice President

 COSCO Container Lines

Erick Alarcon

LAWC Operation Manager

 Ocean Network Express

Juan Carlos Croston


 Carribean Shipping Assocations

13:00 Los Angeles / 15:00 Lima / 16:00 Miami / 20:00 London 

We have listened to much commentary as to how much the industry has been disrupted since the beginning of 2020. Lockdowns, social distancing and remote working have now become the ‘new normal’ in day-to-day operations. 

Black swan events are rare and unpredictable and thereby make it difficult to ensure preparedness. Over the course of TOC Americas 2020, we have analysed the impact of COVID-19 from many different angles and perspectives.

The risk that it has exposed, the challenges it brings and the opportunities that it might offer.

We have spoken on the dramatic economic impact, the move towards global recessions, the accelerating of digital technologies, the importance of major infrastructure in fiscal recovery plans, disruptive operations, protecting the workforce in a post COVID-19 environment and the roadmap to recovery.

Bringing speakers from across the spectrum of the industry, this session will assess how the sector is navigating through this crisis and emerging on the other side – stronger, resilient and robust to handle any further future disruption.

Discussion points:

  • How has COVID-19 affected your day-to-day working?
  • What control and preventative measures have you put in place since COVID-19?
  •  The role of technology in a post COVID-19 world?
  •  Will technology bring additional risk to your business? 

10:00 Los Angeles / 12:00 Lima / 13:00 Miami / 19:00 London 

It has been 6 years since Robbert van Trooijen spoke at TOC Americas. During this event we asked our speakers to share views on “the changing face of regional container trade and transport in light of mega vessels, alliances and other fundamental shifts in liner shipping”. Perhaps the hottest topic 6 years ago was analysing how the industry extreme pursuit of massive economies of scale and with the soon to be completed expansion of the Panama Canal, will create further opportunities for carriers to ‘size up and team up’.

Since then the industry has seen dramatic shipping industry consolidation and vessel upsizing, continued global economic, political and trade volatility and the upswing in regulations around environmental protection. The maritime supply chain has been rocked from many directions.

And then in 2020, we witnessed the biggest and most dramatic shake-up to the world economy since the financial crash of 2008 as the COVID-19 pandemic created one of the most challenging environments for the world to work in.

In an intimate, one-to-one discussion, Robbert van Trooijen will provide fascinating context and insight into how the industry has changed over the past six years and what the industry could look like in a post COVID-19 world. 

Robbert van Trooijen

Senior Vice President, Head of Latin America & Caribbean, 

A.P. Moller - Maersk

12:30 Los Angeles / 14:30 Lima / 15:30 Miami / 19:30 London 

The Panama Canal continues to be crucial for global trade. As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, many feared for the Panama Canal and the disruption that this would have caused. However, as we have seen across the industry, the dire warnings issued earlier on this year have proved to be false and in the case of the Panama Canal, they are hopeful of meeting budgetary expectations for 2020. 

Taking time to look at the bigger picture, discussion will also touch upon the importance of diversity in the industry. Throughout her career Ms Espino de Marotta has broken many barriers, starting as the only female engineer at the canal back in 1985, being put in charge of finishing the Panama Canal expansion in 2012 and now appointed as the first female Deputy Administrator.

With such an important topic, we are delighted that such a pioneer in the industry will be joining us at TOC Americas in this intimate one-to-one conversation. 

Ilya Espino de Marotta

Deputy Administrator

Panama Canal 

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