Thomas Jelenic

Vice President
Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Thomas A. Jelenić is Vice President for Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA).   As part of PMSA, Mr. Jelenic works with policy makers, regulators, industry leaders and other entities to help ensure that sound science and industry issues are part of the discussion as California continues to call for the increased use of zero and near‐zero emissions equipment at California’s ports and throughout the goods movement industry.


Mr. Jelenic has two decades of maritime industry experience, including 15 years in environmental and planning positions at the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second busiest seaport, and senior management roles in private consulting and logistics development.   His work includes leading successful efforts to manage complex air quality, transportation and greenhouse gas issues related to the shipping industry, and he developed the landmark San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan and the Clean Trucks Program for the Port of Long Beach.  More recently, Mr. Jelenić managed the entitlements process for the World Logistics Center, the largest private‐sector logistics development in California encompassing over 40 million square feet of buildings and facilities covering 4 square miles of property in Moreno Valley, California.


He is a 1998 graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering with an emphasis in transportation and water resources.


The Push to Decarbonise: How Port Terminals Can Achieve Their Sustainability Targets
Social and regulatory pressure to reduce emissions in the shipping industry will require terminals to decarbonise and transition away from diesel. This panel discussion will review the value drivers for electrified port equipment and how automation and electrification can go hand in hand.

– Cooperating with the shipping industry to meet IMO 2030 and 2050 zero emissions targets.
– Understanding the business case for electrification and estimating payback times.
– Battery powered electrification vs fuel cell powered electrification.
– Achieving electrification and automation simultaneously