Conference Recap


April 24-26, 2018 - Cincinnati, Ohio

IRPT Annual Conference


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Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) has concluded the 2018 Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thanks to expert speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and especially attendees, the conference was once again a tremendous success. So many great stories have emerged already from the conference – from new business leads for terminals, new relationships formed and so much more. With over 260 attendees, the 2018 Annual Conference was the largest in IRPT history.

Throughout our conference journey, IRPT welcomed Cindy Cutrera, Port of Morgan City, Louisiana as the 2018-2020 IRPT President. As the Association’s first female president in over 27 years, Ms. Cutrera’s hope for the Association and industry is impressive. “Serving on the IRPT board in various capacities over the past several years, I have learned that we are all affected by different issues, depending upon our locations and our circumstances, and I have paid careful attention to make decisions that are best for all.  I do bring in to the conversation issues that we face at the Port of Morgan City, and while we are all different, some of the problems we have experienced, such as inadequate funding and tonnage reporting, have been common issues throughout the Inland River system.”

“Our biggest challenge is the need for funding to improve our failing locks and dams and to dredge waterways to their authorized width and depth.  We are one system, and if the entire system is not working properly, then we are missing out on many economic opportunities.” Cindy will serve on IRPT’s slate of officers that also includes:

  • Anthony Hauer, Natchez Adams County Port Commission as Chairman of the Board
  • Anthony Gex, Consolidated Terminals and Logistics as 1st Vice President
  • Robert Maxwell, Rosedale-Bolivar County Port as 2nd Vice President
  • James Kearns, Bryan Cave LLP as Secretary/Treasurer

Also through the journey, IRPT honored the Ceres Family for their ambassadorship to cancer research through the Big Hope 1. The dedication of Big Hope 1 to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center has touched lives all throughout the country and has contributed almost $1 million dollars to cancer research. Big Hope 1 is making a difference, one stop at a time and you can make a difference too!

There are various ways that you can contribute to BIG HOPE 1’s efforts:

  • Inquire about bringing BIG HOPE 1 to your transload facility by contacting Mark Fletcher at (618) 271-7903 or by email
  • Participate in the Annual Softball/Golf Tournament in St. Louis on August 16th – 18th. To register for the event, please visit
  • Donate directly to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research

No amount of conference recap could capture the amazing week our attendees had; however, if you are interested in viewing the presentations, please access them below. The IRPT 2018 Conference Agenda included:

Tuesday presentations:

  • Infrastructure: Where We Are, Where We Want to Be and How to Get There
  • Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Update
    • Nan Cahall, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
    • Amy Larson, National Waterways Conference
    • Paul Rhode , Waterways Council, Inc.

Wednesday presentations:

Keynote Luncheon: Dredging for Beneficial Use


  • Commodities Update and Forecast
  • Carrier’s Perspective
  • Innovative Technologies to Increase Efficiencies

Thursday presentations:

  • Shipper’s Day: Free for shippers, owners of cargo, freight forwarders and manufacturers to attend and learn about how to incorporate the waterways into their supply chain:
    • Taking the Plunge: Making a Modal Shift
    • Waterways Access/More Accessible than You Think
    • Can using a Foreign Trade Zone impact your business?
    • Online Freight Booking
    • Logistics Packages and Tools





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Thank you to the 2018 Sponsors:


Basin Commerce Conference
Marine Solutions
River Trading Conference
F & M Mafco
Natchez Adams County Port

Thank you to the 2018 Sponsors:


Port of Memphis

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