Wednesday, Nov 29 - Friday, Dec 1, 2017

Conference Program

WorkBoat Annual Conference – Dive Deeper

Each year The International WorkBoat Show presents the WorkBoat Annual Conference curated by the editors of, WorkBoat Magazine, and the WorkBoat Content Team  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.  Check out the full conference schedule below and get ready to power your business forward.


2017 WorkBoat Annual Conference Pricing

   Program Includes Price before
Nov. 29, 2017
Price Nov. 29 –
Dec. 1, 2017
Maintenance & Repair Full Maintenance & Repair Conference Program
Morning Coffee Break
Networking Luncheon
Networking Happy Hour
$350 $450 View Full Schedule>>
Shipyard Full Shipyard Conference Program
Morning Coffee Break
Networking Luncheon
$250 $350 View Full Schedule>>
Offshore Full Offshore Conference Program
Afternoon Coffee Break
Networking Happy Hour
$250 $350 View Full Schedule>>
Inland/ Passenger Vessel Full Inland/ Passenger Vessel Conference Program
Morning Coffee Break
Networking Luncheon
$250 $350 View Full Schedule>>

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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. Check out the Maintenance & Repair Day Schedule below.

29 Nov 2017

Maintenance & Repair Day Featured Speaker

Track Name: Maintenance & Repair Day Session Date: Nov 29 2017 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Welcome to the Age of Smart Iron: How technology innovation is driving change in the marine industry

Owners and operators in the marine industry continue to face significant challenges: macroeconomic volatility and uncertainty, the increasing complexity of vessels, a ever-growing set of environmental regulations, the challenge of...
Rob Bradenham

Upgrades & Retrofits: Improved Safety & Expenditures

Track Name: Maintenance & Repair Day Session Date: Nov 29 2017 9:15 am – 10:00 am

Maintenance & Repair Break

Track Name: Maintenance & Repair Day Session Date: Nov 29 2017 10:00 am – 10:15 am

Maintenance Planning: From Condition Monitoring to Dry Dock to Post Survey

The audience will be briefed on how to best prepare for their yard period by being proactive with items such as: predictive and preventative maintenance; procurement of necessary parts and...
Richard Merhige

Supportability Optimization? Advanced Asset Management Techniques

Supportability Optimization is the process of maximizing the effectiveness of the support system for physical assets in terms of cost and asset performance (output and availability) within given constraints such...

Maintenance & Repair Networking Lunch

Complimentary lunch will be provided.

Reduce Owning & Operating Costs with Fluid Analysis

Fluid analysis is the process of sampling, testing and diagnosing the operating condition of those fluids. Oil, coolant and diesel fuel are all found in many types of vessels across...
Tiffany Thompson

No More Clip Boards: How to Automate Equipment Maintenance Safety Inspections

Here’s the problem. Safety inspection records for heavy equipment are critical to keeping operators safe, creating a stellar maintenance program, and achieving OSHA compliance. But most companies use a system...
Michael Marzahl

Maintenance & Repair Happy Hour

Complimentary beverages will be provided in the Maintenance Pavilion just a few steps from the conference.

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. Check out the Shipyard Program Schedule below.

30 Nov 2017

Shipyard Program Featured Speaker

Track Name: Shipyard Program Session Date: Nov 30 2017 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Exploring the Viability of OSV Conversions

With a down market in the offshore O&G sector in the U.S., OSV utilization rates are at historic lows leaving many modern U.S. Flagged vessels stacked with an uncertain future....
Mark Masor
Geoff Dean

Shipyard Diversification

Shipyards are at the core of the maritime industry, from implementation and maintenance to launching new vessels and repairing older ones. With that, they are re-creating the wheel in order...
Frank Foti

Shipyard Break

Track Name: Shipyard Program Session Date: Nov 30 2017 10:00 am – 10:15 am

Capturing The Shipbuilding Inches

When a boat owner contracts with a shipyard to build a boat, the success of the project depends on how many inches are captured. Three consistent management issues plague all...
Lance Lemcool

Round-Table Discussions

Track Name: Shipyard Program Session Date: Nov 30 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Shipyard Networking Lunch

Complimentary lunch will be provided.

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. Check out the Offshore Program Schedule below 

30 Nov 2017

Offshore Program Featured Speaker

Track Name: Offshore Program Session Date: Nov 30 2017 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Walter Cruickshank

Recent Developments in Taxation

This presentation will highlight changes in certain state taxes (including the recent changes to the Ad Valorem Tax rules in Louisiana) and any Federal Income and Estate Tax laws implemented...
Leon Rittenberg III
Andrew Sullivan
Robert Russo

Offshore Break

Track Name: Offshore Program Session Date: Nov 30 2017 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Key Requirements for OSV Upgrades

In the current market environment, Offshore Supply Vessels are often contracted on short notice to perform new types of service or carry additional workers. Depending on the nature of the...
Jin Wang
Tracy Phillips

Class contribution to US Offshore Wind Power industry

This presentation will provide an overview of different ship types engaged in the global offshore wind power industry. We will expand on different regulatory regimes and the care needed regarding...

Offshore Happy Hour

Track Name: Offshore Program Session Date: Nov 30 2017 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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. Check out the Inland/ Passenger Vessel Program Schedule below.

01 Dec 2017

Inland & Passenger Vessel Program Featured Speaker

Track Name: Inland & Passenger Vessel Program Session Date: Dec 1 2017 8:00 am – 8:30 am

The President’s Infrastructure Package: What Can it Mean for Inland Waterways?

Much attention has centered around the President's campaign promise for a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure package. What would that mean for the inland waterways? Would the $8 billion dollar backlog...
Daniel Mecklenborg
Paul Rohde

Route to Compliance

With only eight months left to comply with Subchapter M, towing vessel operators are left with critical decisions to make: Go with Coast Guard option or Third Party TSMS option?...
Kevin Gilheany
Jon Kjaerulff
Christopher Pasonage

Inland/Passenger Vessel Break

Track Name: Inland & Passenger Vessel Program Session Date: Dec 1 2017 10:00 am – 10:15 am

Vessel Efficiency with Hybrid Technology

In an effort to reduce the environmental foot print of Marine Vessels, stricter requirements from environmental agencies, regulatory classes and local port jurisdictions have motivated the industry to rethink its...
Roland Schwandt
Brent Perry
Jan Flores
Joshua Sebastian

e-Learning Implementation: Lessons Learned

In this joint presentation, Murray Goldberg of Marine Learning Systems and Kelly Curtin of Moran Towing Corporation, will present a case study on the implementation of blended learning in the...
Kelly Curtin
Murray Goldberg

Inland/Passenger Vessel Networking Lunch

Complimentary lunch will be provided
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