Conference Recap 2019

Conference Recap

April 23-25, 2019 - Baton Rouge, LA

IRPT Annual Conference


Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) invites you to join us for the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) Annual Conference at the Baton Rouge Raising Cane’s Convention Center from April 23rd thru April 25th (with exhibitor move in on Monday, April 22nd), 2019.

Simply use the link on the right to access online registration. Conference registration rates are as follows:

  • Members: $500 ($575 after April 1st)
  • Non-Members: $575 ($625 after April 1st)
  • Federal Government Employees: $425 ($450 after April 1st)
  • Bring your spouse for only $75 (or $100 after April 1st)

All activities (except special outings) will take place at The Baton Rouge Raising Cane’s Convention Center, located at 201 South River Road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802.

Accommodations can be made at the host hotel: The Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center is located at 201 Lafayette Street in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801. Guests may make reservations by calling 225-344-5866 and referencing the “IRPT Annual Conference Room Block.” Room rate is $129.00 / night. You can also book online here:

This year’s conference offers many popular sponsorship levels and benefits. All sponsors for the 2019 IRPT Conference will be acknowledged on IRPT’s website as well as included in all e-blasts and publications.

If you are interested in securing your exhibit space or would like to participate as a sponsor in our 2019 Annual Conference, I encourage you to contact Aimee Andres at 618-468-3010 to reserve your exhibit space and discuss sponsorship opportunities which WILL maximize your company’s exposure at the event.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our exciting conference in Baton Rouge where we trust your company will reap great rewards and find your association with IRPT a profitable and beneficial experience.

A conference agenda can be found here: 2019 Conference Content. This year’s conference will include:

MONDAY: April 22, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.          Exhibitor Move-In

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        IRPT Executive Committee Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.            IRPT Board Meeting

5:15 p.m. Bus pick up at Hotel
5:15 p.m. Bus pick up at Convention Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.          Welcome Reception:
Port of Greater Baton Rouge
2425 Ernest Wilson Drive
Port Allen, LA 70767


TUESDAY: April 23, 2019

7:30 Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AASHTO Council on Water Transportation Meeting  

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Exhibition Hall opens

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Port Professionals Meeting: Updating O & D’s for Tonnage Sake (please find more information below)
Defining Port Boundaries
Defining USACE Project Boundaries
Plan to Update Dock Ownership/Leases

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. General Membership Meeting & Basin Breakout Sessions (open to all)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Kickoff Luncheon & Welcome

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.    Inland Port/Terminal Grant Program

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.    All about Infrastructure

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Networking Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Innovative Technology to Increase Efficiencies

5:15 p.m. Bus pick up at Convention Center

5:15 p.m. BBQ Reception at SEARCOR AMH


WEDNESDAY: April 24, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.       Federal Programs and Benefits (funding and assistance)

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.     FBI: Infrastructure Security

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.   Regulatory Changes, Decisions and Rulemaking

11:25 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Institute of Water Resources: Memorandum and more

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.     Keynote Luncheon 

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.       Market Needs (Challenges and Opportunities)/Commodities Discussion

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Anticipated Growth of Cruise Industry

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Reception at Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar


THURSDAY: April 25, 2019 Shipper Day (please find more information below)

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.       Case Study: Port of Greater Baton Rouge

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     Member Team Building Offers Benefits to Shippers 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.    Spotlight on Inland Ports (Capabilities and Connectivity)

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Using Foreign Trade and Opportunity Zones


About the Port Professionals Meeting:

Back in 2014, IRPT started a “Tonnage Reporting Campaign” in an effort to educate the waterway users on the critical need of reporting tonnage. We have made many accomplishments since then, including signing a Memorandum of Common Purpose with the U.S. Army Corp’s Institute of Water Resources.

To keep the momentum going, IRPT is now offering a workshop session on Tuesday, April 23rd in Baton Rouge for Port Professionals (and private terminals) titled, “Updating O & D’s for Tonnage Sake”.

The fact is, even if tonnages were reported accurately (which we know tonnages are under-reported), if origination and destinations are not accurate, the tonnage can be inaccurately assigned. Tonnage assigned to specific origination and destination pairs are used for the budgeting of existing Corps projects and planning of future Corps projects. This information is also used by the USCG for AIS Encoding of the destination field, U.S. Customs Service to determine various limits for harbor maintenance fee collection, and by other federal agencies grant and funding programs. At the Port Professionals meeting, we will explore:

  • Who is required to report
  • Why it’s important to be accurately
  • Defining Port Boundaries
  • Defining USACE Project Boundaries
  • Plan to Update Dock Ownership/Leases

The workshop will take place during IRPT’s 2019 Annual Conference at the Raising Cane’s River Center, located at 201 South River Road in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, April 23rd from 8:00 am to 10:00 am in the Main Ballroom.

Section 7 of the River and Harbor Act of 1918 directs the Chief of Engineers to report on the description and adequacy of U.S. waterway terminals  and transfer facilities in his annual report to Congress;

Section 8 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 adds a requirement to study the infrastructure supporting such port facilities;  and

Section 500 of the Transportation Act of 1920 reiterates these responsibilities, requires the publication of collected data "of value to the commercial interests of the country," and adds the anchorages of the Great Lakes to the areas of investigation.

The Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center is responsible for executing this mission and collects, reviews, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates data on  the physical and intermodal (infrastructure) characteristics of the coastal, Great Lakes, and  inland ports of the United States. Facility data include, but are not limited to location (latitude / longitude, NDC codes, mile, and bank); operations (name, owner, operator, purpose, handling equipment, rates, and  details of open and covered storage facilities); type and dimension of construction (length of berth space for vessels and / or barges, depth, apron width, deck elevation, and details of rail and highway access); and utilities available (water, electricity, and fire protection).


About Shipper Day:

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT) is offering complimentary registration for manufacturers/owners of cargo/shippers/freight forwarders to their National Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday, April 25th from 8am to noon.

IRPT is inviting the above to explore how America’s Rivers Welcome Their Transport. We understand they have many shipping options to consider using and we are inviting them to explore incorporating the inland rivers into their supply chain.

Inland Marine Highways move commerce to/from 38 states throughout our nation’s heartland, serve as transport ramps to industrial and agricultural centers and facilitate imports/exports at gateway ports to the Coasts. Delivering your product door-to-door while incorporating inland marine highways is achievable and IRPT invites you to Baton Rouge to learn how.

As the nation is reaching capacity on rail systems and congestion on surface transportation is increasing transit times, many of the nation’s shippers will be looking for alternate routes for their supply chain. There is available Capacity Available on the Rivers. Our nation’s rivers deliver vital goods between major gateway ports, establish new trade networks with significant public benefits and create a foundation for future trade growth.

Using the river for commercial navigation, our rivers secure the nation’s global competitiveness, provides public benefits to communities and citizens by providing healthier, cleaner air and is less costly to America’s taxpayers as infrastructure improvements on surface transportation is reduced by using the River for transporting America’s freight.



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