Container-on-Vessel Services Coming to the St. Louis Region

Monday, May 23 – Get the latest on the collaborative effort to launch Container-on-Vessel (COV) service to the Midwest. This panel will include an update on the status of the overall project and the patented new vessels that will deliver the service, creating a new shipping alternative with tremendous benefits for shippers. Attendees will also hear from the developer of the new COV port facility in Herculaneum, Missouri, who will provide the latest milestones related to the new facility, while also giving an update on the other Midwest ports that will be part of this new, all-water, north-south trade lane connecting to the lower Mississippi River and on to worldwide destinations. The discussion also will feature representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard and Center for Maritime Education who will give an overview of the work underway to prepare for the debut of the innovative new service.


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Sal Litrico portrait.

Sal Litrico

Chief Executive Officer of American Patriot Container Transport LLC (APCT)

Sal Litrico is the CEO of American Patriot Container Transport LLC (APCT) and a member of the American Patriot Holdings (APH) Executive Management Team. APCT brought Litrico on board to serve in this capacity in 2014, leveraging his extensive maritime industry expertise and his most recent experience as a consultant and subject matter expert for business development, leadership training, risk management and litigation support. Litrico is currently working with the Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District in Louisiana on the development of a new Container-on-Vessel service that will operate on the new, all-water, north-south trade lane connecting the Midwest and the St. Louis region to the lower Mississippi River and on to worldwide destinations.

James Hurley portrait.

James Hurley

President of Hawtex Development Corporation

James Hurley is President and Owner of Hawtex Development Corporation. During his 35 years with Hawtex, he has had many roles and responsibilities, including real estate consulting, development and management. Under Hurley’s leadership, Hawtex Development Corporation will oversee the development of a container-on-vessel (COV) facility in Herculaneum, Missouri, that will connect the St. Louis region to domestic and foreign shipping destinations via the Mississippi River.

Mary Lamie portrait

Mary Lamie

Executive Vice President Multi Modal Enterprises at Bi-State Development

The St. Louis Regional Freightway is led by Executive Vice President – Multi Modal Enterprises, Mary Lamie.

Mary Lamie was selected to lead the St. Louis region’s new freight district in July of 2015. As Executive Vice President – Multi Modal Enterprises she is responsible for evaluating the freight needs of the bistate region and the freight network’s operational status. She develops public-private partnerships and creates the foundation for planning, marketing and advocacy of the bistate region as a national freight hub.

Mary is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in transportation, engineering and management, including 22 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation. For the last seven years of her time with IDOT, she has served as Deputy Director of Highways Region 5 Engineer, where she was responsible for 27 counties in southern Illinois, 3,300 lane miles of state highways and 1,700 bridges. Her engineering and project management experience includes a wide variety of transportation projects that require extensive coordination with local, state and national leaders. Her efforts have also focused on working with governmental agencies and the private sector to develop transportation priorities and funding strategies.

Mary received her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Masters of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri Science and Technology.

She has been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a Woman of Influence and, in 2020, Mary was selected as one of the recipients of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s inaugural Women in Supply Chain Awards.

John Arenstam portrait.

Captain John Arenstam

USCG (retired), Assistant Director for Seamen’s Church Institute’s Center for Maritime Education

Captain John Arenstam, USCG (retired) is the Assistant Director for Seamen’s Church Institute’s Center for Maritime Education (SCI) in Paducah, KY. Prior to joining SCI, Arenstam served as the safety manager for AEP River Operations. In his 27 years with the Coast Guard, he has sailed along every coast and all five Great Lakes. His assignments included Captain of the icebreaker Penonscot Bay on the Hudson River, and the seagoing Buoy Tender Firebush out of Kodiak, Alaska. Arenstam spent most of his Coast Guard career in waterways management and aids to navigation at offices in Virginia, New Orleans, and Washington D.C., and aboard “black hulls” around the nation. During his time in Washington, he worked for the USCG Director of International Affairs, and gathered considerable worldwide exposure, while conducting analysis and training overseas. Arenstam also served as the Deputy Sector Commander in New Orleans and as the Director Western Rivers for the Eighth Coast Guard District.

Daniel Every portrait.

Daniel Every

LCDR, USCG, Prevention Department Head, Sector Upper Mississippi River

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Daniel Every serves as Prevention Department Head at United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Sector Upper Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. In this capacity, Every leads a group of more than 135 personal, including three Marine Safety Detachments and five River Buoy Tender Cutters. The Sector Upper Mississippi River and Every are responsible for the oversight of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety missions in an 11-state area that includes the Missouri, Illinois, and Upper Mississippi River basins and tributary waters to facilitate more than $42 billion in economic activity per year.

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Ameren Illinois
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The Jerry Costello Group
CMT – Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

Supporting Sponsors

Hauser Group – Public Relations
The Boeing Center – Olin Business School at Washington University
Design Nine – Engineering Services for Railroads and Industry

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