Greetings from the 16th Annual TPM Conference!

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Every year in Long Beach, California, the Journal of Commerce Group brings together approximately 2,000 attendees from the global container shipping and logistics community to host the annual Trans Pacific Maritime (TPM) Conference.

This comprehensive four-day conference, which was held this year from February 28th to March 2nd in the Long Beach Convention Center, consistently hosts over 500 shippers who move cargo in the trans-Pacific trade lane, along with carriers, port officials, 3PLs, freight forwarders, government officials and more.

All of these attendees come to participate in general conference sessions and networking receptions, and to attend one-on-one talks with industry leaders and in-depth panel discussions.

There is even a golf tournament that allows for participants to network with qualified customers and industry colleagues while enjoying sunny Southern California!

TPM Conference Added Value in 2016

For 2016, JOC Group continued to add more and more value to the conference with an increased number of networking opportunities, extra speakers, additional conference tracks, new case studies to examine and dissect and much more.

Now, headed into its 16th year, TPM continues to be the the must-attend conference for members of the global container shipping and logistics community, who attend to become informed, to stay on top of the market, to do business, to network with industry peers, to have their voice be heard and to learn from informative and compelling panel discussions – like one held on Tuesday, March 1 on container weight verification which featured U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, among others.

2016 TPM Conference Discussion PanelU.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, left, on a panel at the 16th Annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California (photo: JOC).

SOLAS Guidelines on Container Weight Verification

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas informed a packed crowd that SOLAS guidelines on container weight verification that are to be implemented starting July 1st will not be mandatory.

“They are not mandatory under SOLAS, they are not mandatory under any U.S. regulation. It says that right on top — these are non-mandatory guidelines,” he was quoted as saying in an article from JOC.

The container weight mandate from the International Maritime Organization under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention comes after several incidents of misdeclared weights contributing to maritime casualties, as in the case of MSC Napoli in 2007, when the United Kingdom-flagged container ship that was caught in stormy weather and was ultimately broken up.

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