Wednesday, Nov 29 - Friday, Dec 1, 2017

The brand new WorkBoat Annual Conference 

This year’s Conference will be a completely re-envisioned experience, custom designed to provide high level education and networking opportunities in an all new comprehensive format.

The cornerstone of the program will be intensive half-day sessions that will allow the participants to dive deeper into the challenges and opportunities facing commercial mariners today. Led by industry experts, the program will encourage critical thinking as attendees work through issues, ask questions, and receive actionable information that they can immediately put to work. In addition to year’s program WorkBoat introduces Maintenance & Repair Day which will take place on the first day of the show and include a full day program geared toward maintenance and repair professionals. 

Maintenance & Repair Day

Focused on all things maintenance and repair, this conference day is a must for owners, port captains, fleet managers, engineers, and mechanics responsible for keeping America’s commercial vessels in service and working accurately. This extensive one-day program will deliver relevant topics pertaining to the current landscape of the commercial marine maintenance and repair industry and will prepare participants for future trends, technologies and methods. 

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Offshore Program

Some officials and others have been more optimistic recently that an improved offshore energy market is on the way. Additionally, emerging markets such as offshore wind power continue to gain momentum. This track will speak to the most important issues affecting the offshore industry as well as the trends that will continue to sustain the sector in the future. 

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Shipyard Program

Shipyards are an integral part of the commercial marine lifecycle. From design and construction trends to the technological advancements and regulatory compliance, the need for relevant up-to- the- minute updates is important when it comes to getting the job done. This half day program will provide an unprecedented opportunity to come together for an in-depth download of what’s happening and what’s on the horizon. 

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Inland/ Passenger Vessel Program

From aging inland infrastructure and the modernization of the tug and barge fleets to the booming passenger vessels and ferry market, the Tug and Barge & Passenger Vessel track will address the issues and trends key to this important sector.

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2017 WorkBoat Annual Conference Speakers

Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, USN, Ret.

Maritime Administrator - United States Department of Transportation

Mark Corsetti

Director of Specialty Vessels - ABS

Walter Cruickshank

Acting Director - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Kelly Curtin

Manager - Training & Employee Development - Moran Towing Corporation

Geoff Dean

Buisiness Development Manager - Offshore Ship Designers

Jan Flores

Vice President - NETSCo

Frank Foti

CEO - Vigor

Sergio Garcia

Director Business Development - DNV GL

Kevin Gilheany

Owner - Maritime Compliance International, LLC

Murray Goldberg

Founder and CEO - Marine Learning Systems

Captain Austin Gould

Chief of Staff, Seventh Coast Guard District - U.S. Coast Guard

Larry Kelhoffer

Heavy Equipment Business Development - F&M MAFCO

Jon Kjaerulff

Manager of Safety and Emergency Response Training - Maritime Institute for Technology and Graduate Studies - Pacific Maritime Institute (MITAGS-PMI)

Lance Lemcool

Vice President, West Yard Operations - Horizon Shipbuilding Inc

Michael Marzahl

CEO and President - XL Lifts Inc.

Mark Masor

Gulf Coast Operations Manager - Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

Daniel Mecklenborg

Chief Legal Officer and Secretary - Ingram Barge Company

Richard Merhige

President - Advanced Mechanical Enterprises

Christopher Parsonage

Executive Director - Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau

Brent Perry

CEO - Plan B Energy Storage (PBES)

Tracy Phillips

Chief, Tank Vessel & Offshore Division - U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center

Leon Rittenberg III

Attorney - Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC

Paul Rohde

Vice President, Midwest Office - Waterways Council, Inc.

Robert Russo

Chief Executive Officer - First Coast Maritime Maritime Consulting LLC

Roland Schwandt

Sales Director Tug & Offshore Energy - SCHOTTEL GmbH

Joshua Sebastian

Engineering Manager - The Shearer Group, Inc.

Andrew Sullivan

Attorney - Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer

Tiffany Thompson

Development Engineer - Caterpillar

Christian Vaccari

Senior Vice President - Gulf Island Shipyards LLC

Rob Willis

Vice President- Acquisition and Program Management - Andromeda Systems Incorporated

Matt Woodruff

Vice President Public & Government Affairs - Kirby Corporation


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900 Convention Center Blvd.
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