The History of Container Shipping & Ocean Contracting

Have you ever wondered why some of the practices we have in container shipping today are so peculiar compared to many other industries?

Well in order to understand where we’re heading, we have to first understand where we came from.

Join our fireside chat to learn about the history of liner conferences, and how that impacts the way carriers and shippers sign service contracts today.

In the webinar, you’ll learn about:

  • The history of liner conferences, why they were formed, and how they operated.
  • The evolution of Liner shipping from a regulated environment to what it is now and why some of the contracting practices we have today came into being.
  • How the current alliance structure was formed and why they are actually beneficial for shippers because they allow carriers to offer more frequent service.
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    • Rudy Mack Former CEO/President of Hapag-Lloyd (America)

      Mack brings to the board 42 years of shipping and transportation experience, with 35 of those years at Hapag-Lloyd. At the liner carrier, he managed offices in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and from 1999 to 2007, headed the American operations.

    • Gordon Downes CEO , NYSHEX

      Gordon Downes is the CEO of New York Shipping Exchange, Inc. Gordon has well-balanced perspective from all sides of the shipping industry. Prior to joining NYSHEX, Gordon was an executive at SABMiller, a large multi-national shipper. He has also held numerous leadership positions at Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping line, and DAMCO, a global freight forwarder.

    • Mike DiVirgilio Principal of Michael J. DiVirgilio & Associates

      Mike DiVirgilio is currently the Principal of Michael J. DiVirgilio & Associates. Prior to launching his consulting business, Mike now approaching nearly 50 years in the industry , started his career at Moore McCormack Lines and spent over 40 years with NYK Line ( North America) , ending with its terminal operating subsidiary Ceres Terminals Inc . At NYK Line, Mike had responsibility for pricing, contracting and liner conference affairs.