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Public Forum - Gulf Coast Ports

October 27, 2014

Public Forum on International Supply Chain Efficiency: Challenges Facing Gulf Coast Ports

Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye will hold an informational Forum, "International Supply Chain Efficiency: Challenges Facing Gulf Coast Ports" at the Port of New Orleans on November 3, 2014. The Forum’s goal is to facilitate discussion among port representatives, industry stakeholders and other interested parties concerning ways to address the challenges facing Gulf Coast ports.

Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:15 am – 5:00 pm

Registration: 8:15 am - 9:00 am
Morning Session: 9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Lunch Break: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Afternoon Session: 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm


Port of New Orleans’ Headquarters Building Auditorium
1350 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, LA 70130

General Directions:
The Forum will be held in the auditorium located in the Port of New Orleans’ Headquarters Building at the above address. The building is located adjacent to the cruise terminals:

Gulf Coast Ports Forum Agenda - Updated 10/30/2014

Topics for Discussion:

Topics for discussion may include innovative ways to:

  • Prevent port congestion
  • Promote global trade
  • Increase international supply chain efficiency

Who Should Attend:

Commissioner Dye would like to hear from a wide variety of individuals who represent Gulf Coast Ports’ interests and are involved in international trade and transportation in the region. These include:

  • Government Officials
  • Gulf Coast Port Authority Representatives
  • Truckers
  • Terminal Operators
  • Steamship Lines
  • Ocean Transportation Intermediaries
  • Cargo Owners
  • Labor Representatives


Participants may register by contacting the Commission’s Office of the Secretary. Please indicate whether you would like to speak at the Forum or attend without speaking. Also indicate whether you would like to speak at the morning or afternoon sessions.

Written Submissions:

For those speakers preparing written comments, please send your written comments as an attachment to an email to the by 12 noon on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, with the subject line: "Speaker at November 3 Public Forum".

The Commission is also accepting written comments in advance of the Forum from those who are unable to attend, or who plan to attend but do not wish to speak at the Forum. Please send your written comments to, with the subject line: "November 3 Public Forum".

Telephone: (202) 523-5725

The Commission will provide confidential treatment to the extent allowed by law for submissions, or parts of submissions, for which the filer requests confidentiality. The Forum will be taped, transcribed, and maintained by the Commission.

Additional Information

Public Forum Point of Contact:

For questions regarding this Forum please contact:
Karen V. Gregory, Secretary,
Federal Maritime Commission,
(202) 523-5725.

Port of New Orleans’ Points of Contact for Questions on the Day of the Forum:

Matt Gresham
Director of External Affairs
Telephone: (504) 528-3255
Fax: (504) 528-3397


Paul Matthews
Community Affairs Manager
Telephone: (504) 528-3252
Fax: (504) 528-3397