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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
May 17, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 ET Understanding the Impacts of Megaships In recent years, many ocean container shipping carriers have introduced larger and larger ships into their fleets. There have been many factors that have driven the push for these larger ships; they include increasing global trade, a desire by ocean carriers for greater economies of scale, efforts to reduce overall fleet emissions, and port improvements in certain parts of the world, particularly southeast Asia and Europe. Megaships provide various benefits, including the potential for lower product costs and lower fleet emissions, but they also create various challenges, particularly related to increased port and landside infrastructure needs. Many U.S. ports are deepening their channels, raising their bridge heights, and/or augmenting their landside facilities to better accommodate the larger ships, but the ships' massive sizes makes infrastructure improvements challenging, especially at land-constrained ports. Megaships can also create various community impacts, largely due to the increased infrastructure needs and larger shipment sizes, and municipalities near ports need to be aware of what kind of impacts, positive and negative, the new ultra-large ships can have on their communities.

This webinar will feature a subset of presentations from a 2017 TRB Annual Meeting session titled "Megaships: Megasolutions or Megaproblems". That session included 12 presentations examining different aspects of the topic; this webinar will feature four of the presentations from that session.
What Are Megaships – An Overview
This presentation will provide an overview that defines what megaships are and the general impacts megaships create for the freight transportation infrastructure.
  • Dan Smith, Tioga Group
Megaships – Environmental Benefits
This presentation will examine the environmental benefits provided by the megaships and in particular their economies of scale.
  • Lee Kindberg, Maersk Line
Megaships – Infrastructure and Financing Challenges
This presentation will focus on the challenges created by megaships, in particular the water and landside infrastructure impacts and the financing challenges associated with implementing the desired improvements.
  • Tom Ward, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Why Should I Care – Community Impacts of Megaships
This presentation will discuss how the growing trend towards megaships can impact communities both positively and negatively.
  • Anne Strauss-Wieder, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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