All New Refrigerated Container Transportation Track to be Featured at 2012 TPM Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Nov 16, 2011, 16:06 ET from The Journal of Commerce

NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference will feature a first-ever refrigerated container transportation track, focused on the rapidly growing trans-Pacific reefer trade, both eastbound and westbound. The full-day Cool Cargoes track, featuring speeches and four panel discussions, will take place on Day 2 of TPM, March 6, 2012, at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency. Attendees at TPM, organized by The Journal of Commerce, will have the option of attending all or part of the Cool Cargoes track as part of their TPM registration. To register now, click here.


"Given the vigorous growth of U.S. exports and the many complexities, both operational and regulatory, surrounding the reefer trade, we felt the subject deserved its own unique, full-day track at TPM," said Peter Tirschwell, Senior Vice President at UBM Global Trade, the parent company of The Journal of Commerce.

The Cool Cargoes panels are being developed by veteran transportation journalist and reefer specialist Stephanie Nall, editor of the JOC's Cool Cargoes magazine. The track will include a detailed market analysis of the trans-Pacific reefer market with a focus on the fastest-growing reefer import and export markets, commodities, ports and carriers. Panel discussions will include in-depth exploration of the most pressing challenges facing the reefer market, including:

-- The impact on reefer shippers of slow steaming and transshipments versus direct sailings.

-- How the U.S. chassis transition to a non-carrier model is impacting the reefer market.

-- Is the loss-making container industry prepared to make the needed investments in reefer equipment to support expected double-digit market growth?

-- Will the market see the rise of reefer-only, or reefer-dominated, container ships?

-- How will the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act impacting the reefer trade?

-- How do shippers' demands for environmentally friendly transportation interact with their often higher priorities for low cost and fast transit times?

Updates on the reefer market and the Cool Cargoes TPM track are available by following @CoolCargoes on Twitter.

Registration is now open for this event. To register, or to view our preliminary agenda, please visit

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