MONDAY: October 3, 2022

IAMPE Port Executive Session

Welcome Reception, Dinner and Port Tour:
Tulsa Ports


TUESDAY: October 4, 2022

Container on Barge

Container Logistics: Stakeholders all around the nation are asking how can we as an industry fill the missing piece to using container on barge – the container piece. We want to hear from container lines about how to fill the void. What will it take to put boxes back into service from idling depot yards? What will it take for container lines to allow for extra transit days and how can we build relationships with container companies for a single point of contact?

And Speaking of Containers: IRPT has been working on a container on barge modeling to show ports, terminals, shippers and container lines that if we collaborate together, we can lower the cost for the shipper making container on barge more feasible for the shipper. Working with Open Tug, a new software program, we will show conference attendees interested in welcoming containers into their portfolio of offerings, how crowdsourcing can help you grow your business.

Aimee Andres, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals
Jason Aristides, Open Tug (Presentation Here)   

MKARNS: Proof of Successful Collaboration          

Arkansas River Deepening Project: River Basins around the country are asking where the MKARNS $200 million project came from (out of the blue), how can they too, acquire funding for deepening projects and what was the return on investment associated with hiring a lobbying firm to advocate for the project.

David Yarbrough, Tulsa Ports (Presentation Here)
John Anderson, Van Scoyoc and Associates

Strategic Vision: Rex Ostrander, Programs Director, Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division: strategic leadership vision to aid Districts address going operation and maintenance and major construction projects that will support commercial navigation on the nation’s river transportation system.

Rex Ostrander, Army Corps of Engineers (Presentation Here)

U.S. Army Corps, Tulsa and Little Rock Districts: The Tulsa and Little Rock Districts of the U.S. Army Corps along with industry have been working on the MKARNS 2030 Vision, please join us to learn where the successful collaboration will lead us in the future.

Harland “Dennis” Shannon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District (Presentation Here)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.          IRPT Luncheon and Awards                                       

Best Practices in governance models, investment strategies and risk management are findings from the recent ENO Transportation’s Waterborne Competitiveness: Comparing U.S. and Foreign Inland Waterways study. Stability of the US system is an advantage to be promoted.

Thomas O’Brien, California State University, Long Beach and METRANS Transportation Consortium (Presentation Here)

Industry-Wide Ports and Terminals Cybersecurity Survey: Jones Walker partner Andy Lee, chair of the firm’s privacy and data security team, and special counsel Jim Kearns will present the findings –some unexpected – from the firm's third cybersecurity survey of a critical segment of our nation’s infrastructure.  Their report will provide an in-depth look at the state of cybersecurity among both coastal and inland ports and terminals, which was previewed by the informal cybersecurity survey taken among IRPT members earlier this year.

James Kearns, Jones Walker LLP
Andy Lee, Jones Walker LLP (Presentation Here)

Digital Inland Waterway Infrastructure: Improvements are currently underway within USACE in collaboration with USCG and NOAA. This presentation includes demos of selected technologies to enhance Lock Maintenance Management and Waterway Management being implemented as a precursor to the stand up of the Joint Navigation Information Center in Louisville KY and Alexandria VA.   

Joe Celano, Trabus Technologies (Presentation Here)

Reception downtown Tulsa
Dinner on your own in downtown Tulsa
Reception Sponsored by: Tulsa Ports

WEDNESDAY: October 5, 2022

Foreign Trade Zones: Savings and benefits can be achieved, not just to shippers, but to operators as well. This presentation explores economic benefits to leverage for economic development organizations and for general business development.

Miguel Zamora, II, Louisville Riverport Authority (Presentation Here)

Supply Chain Crisis: The on-going supply chain disruptions may provide some hope for ports and terminals along the US inland waterway system. The presentation will connect the on-going supply chain issues with potential opportunities for inland ports and terminals. The supply chain disruption may be the silver lining to demonstrate to BCO’s that viable alternatives do exist.

Dr. Don Maier, University of Tennessee (Presentation Here)

Bulk Trade Forecast 2022/2023: The Dry Bulk Market has been exceptionally volatile over the past 12 months increasing to a 12 year high in Q4 2022 before a recent collapse on the back of global economic headwinds so October will be good timing for an outlook onto 2023!

Guy Hindley, Howe Robinson Partners (Presentation Here)

Overview of Federal Funding Opportunities

Aimee Andres, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (Presentation Here, Write-up Here)


Lunch and Learn, sponsored by Jones Walker LLP: Port Infrastructure Development Program funding is the main funding mechanism specifically for ports and terminals. Join us to explore case studies in successful applications. The importance of government relations cannot be understated and the impacts have been proven. The Jones Walker government relations team can providence guidance on how to incorporate government relations into your application.


Attract, recruit, retain a qualified workforce post pandemic: One of the greatest challenges across America post pandemic is securing a qualified workforce. The competition in attracting employees is fierce and requires innovative planning. Join our panel of forward thinkers as they discuss new techniques for gaining a competitive edge in workforce development.

Crystal Hutchinson, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (Presentation Here)
Timothy Dunville, Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (Presentation Here)
Cledia Hernandez, M.Ed, Texas State Technical College (Presentation Here)
Matthew Hogan, J.F. Brennan Company (Presentation Here)

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.               Commodities Update/Forecast

(Sulphur and Coal) Doug Wells, Inter-Chem (Presentation Here)

(Fertilizer) Jason Florell, Gavilon Grain

(Steel) Donnie Holder, Webco Tube (Presentation Here)

(Grain) Ryan Emery, Consolidated Grain and Barge (Presentation Here)

Oakley’s Port 33 PigOut
Reception Sponsored by:
5R Enterprises



Thursday: October 6, 2022

IRPT Board Meeting