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IRPT Annual Conference – October 18-20, Biloxi Mississippi

October 19, 2021

TUESDAY: October 19, 2021

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                      Breakfast

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

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    General Membership Meeting & Basin Breakout Sessions

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

10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.       Legislative Update
Introduction: Chad Cailteux, 5R Enterprises and IRPT Director
PIDP Efforts, Application Rate and Path Forward:
Inland River Transportation Caucus: 
Aimee Andres, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals
117th Congress Infrastructure Package: John Anderson, Van Scoyoc Associates
Earmarks and what they mean for Marine TransportationJames Kearns, Jones Walker  

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.       Keynote Luncheon & Welcome
Moderator: Anthony Gex, IRPT President
Sponsor Welcome: Port Bienville, Hancock County, Mississippi
Senator Roger Wicker
Governor Tate Reeves (invited)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.           Federal Agency Update
WRDA Implementation Priorities from NWC Navigation Caucus
Dredging, Emerging Harbors and Low Use Rivers
IRPT’s WRDA 2022 Priorities: Dede Smith, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals
Update U.S. Army Corps:
 Patrick Chambers as Chief of Operations, Mississippi Valley Division
Introduction and Update Maritime Administration: Vince Mantero, Maritime Administration

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

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Strengthening Communications and Emergency Response (Panel Discussion)
Real world examples and Special Presentation: Dede Smith, IRPT
USCG Response to Bridge and Appurtenance Hits / Flood Recovery Efforts (safety): Lt. Paz, U.S. Coast Guard
Emergency Response Team efforts: Fred Taylor, Chairman, Arkansas River (priority transit and cargo)
USACE Response and responsibilities during emergency scenarios: Jared C. Gartman, USACE MVD,
Panel Q & A

5:00 p.m.                           Bus pick up at Hotel
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.     Reception and Dinner at Point Cadet


Register for Conference here.


Book your hotel room here.

By Phone
1-888-946-2847, extension 1
Reference group code “S210273.”

For more information about Conference and to view the entire Agenda, visit the IRPT Conference Page.


October 19, 2021


IP Casino Resort Spa
850 Bayview Ave
Biloxi, MS 39530 United States
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