Port of Houston Authority Welcomes ILA, USMX and PMA to Inaugural Container Trade Outlook Conference

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HOUSTON , Nov. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following extensive port disruptions on the U.S. West Coast in early 2015, container trade professionals are eager to explore the near-term outlook for U.S. maritime labor.

Join the Port of Houston Authority and the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) as they kick off the first annual Container Trade Outlook Conference at the Houston DoubleTree Hotel at Bush Intercontinental Airport on Nov. 18, 2015.

Benny Holland, Jr., Executive Vice President of the International Longshoremen’s Associations (ILA), David F. Adam, Chairman and CEO of the United States Maritime Alliances (USMX) and Stephen Hennessey, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) will provide updates on labor status on the U.S. East, Gulf and West Coasts.

Regional and global containerized shipping markets are in the midst of a dynamic evolution as stakeholders prepare for the Panama Canal expansion and era of Super Post-Panamax vessels. Manuel E. Benítez, deputy administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, will give his insider view of the upcoming expansion during the event’s keynote address.

Port of Houston Authority Executive Director Roger Guenther will provide opening remarks, while Port Authority Chief Commercial Officer Ricky Kunz will participate on the Container Trade Outlook panel.

Join the Port of Houston Authority for this inaugural event with a networking reception at the end of the conference.

Visit http://containerization.org/container-trade-outlook-conference to learn more about the conference and register early, as space will fill up quickly.  A $125 registration fee gives access to the conference sessions, luncheon and networking reception.

About the Port of Houston Authority
For more than 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned or operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation’s largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage.  The port is an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation.  It supports the creation of more than 1.175 million statewide jobs and more than 2.1 million nationwide jobs, and the generation of economic activity totaling nearly $265 billion in Texas and $499 billion across the nation. For more information, visit the Port Authority website at: www.portofhouston.com

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