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TOC Americas spices up port infrastructure discussions in Chile

Sheraton Santiago Hotel, Santiago, Chile, 9-11 November 2004
Edición del 07 de Junio de 2004

Informa Maritime & Transport, organiser of the Terminal Operations Conference and Exhibition (TOC) series established in 1976, has announced that the fourth TOC Americas will be held for the first time in Chile’s beautiful capital city of Santiago. The backing of local specialists in the port and terminals industry will provide a significant advantage in terms of both marketing muscle and industry credibility, with the Port of Valparaiso, Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso (TPS), the Port of San Antonio and San Antonio Terminal Internacional (STI) already having confirmed as leading sponsors. 

Running for the fourth year, TOC2004 Americas will bring together key manufacturers and providers of shipping, port and terminal operations equipment and services under one roof to discuss the issues critical to their industry, develop business relationships and promote and sell services to their target audience. The annual event has firmly established itself as the leading event for port equipment manufacturers and suppliers to meet the Central and Southern American ports and terminal operators.

Building on the success of last year’s event in Panama, TOC2004 Americas will once again attract senior decision-makers in the global maritime and port industry and provide delegates with a unique opportunity to examine the exciting prospects for new liner trades to South America as well as a chance to learn about the radical changes to the continent’s port industry.

The steering committee includes high-profile names such as Alejandro K Bärthold, General Manager, Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaíso, Alberto Borquez, General Manager, San Antonio Terminal Internacional; Harald Jaeger, General Manager, Port Authority of Valparaiso; James R Brennan, Partner, Norbridge, Inc; Manny Fernandez, Latin America President for APL/APL Logistics; Nolan Gimpel, Principal, Mercator Transport Group; Eric Petri, Ejecutivo Empresas Portuarias, Sistema de Empresas SEP; Ricardo Schlechter, Commercial Director, San Antonio Port Authority; Chuck Schneider, Vice President, Embarcadero Systems Corporation; and Martin Sgut, Port and Maritime Specialist, IDIED, Universidad Austral.

This year’s conference format combines perceptive presentations from the industry’s key personalities and interactive debate with senior industry and government representatives. Through a series of high level conference sessions, catering for various areas of expertise, delegates will be kept up to date with the latest trends and issues in strategic business development and operational practicalities.

In Central America, Caribbean container port demand is forecast to increase by as much as 70% to 2010, with transhipment set to double; even greater demand is forecast for South America. However, growth in handling capacity is not keeping pace, so ports in the region will have to find ways to increase utilisation and productivity. In light of this, TOC2004 Americas’ conference programme will provide a comprehensive insight into the dynamics of trade growth and liner network strategies on South America’s West and East Coasts, from the huge increase in Caribbean transhipment at ports such as Freeport, Kingston and Panama, through Latin American port reform to enhancing gate movements at North American terminals. Transhipment developments, the prospects for and implications of regional port reform and impact of port restructuring and privatisation will all be explored in depth.

Addressing the options open to port and terminal operators wanting to maximise their capacity, the TOC2004 Americas agenda will also provide valuable updates on the latest in port technology, with sessions on optimising vessel, quay and yard productivity, cutting-edge STS crane technology, IT systems for container terminals and issues in fresh produce handling.

Companies present at the concurrent TOC2004 Americas exhibition will include service providers to the terminal and port industry. Among the service sectors represented will be port and terminal operators, as well as quayside cranes, FLTs, reachstackers, tractors, trailers and chassis systems, ro-ro equipment, cables, engines, tyres, transmission systems, straddle carriers, RMGs, RTGs, spreaders, bulk handling equipment, terminal planning and automation systems, dredging, port construction, port management services, consultancy services, forest products equipment, heavy lift, paving and surfacing and IT systems.

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