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Each year The International WorkBoat Show presents the WorkBoat Annual Conference curated by the editors of WorkBoat.com, 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.
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 Day which will take place on the first day of the show and include a full day program geared toward maintenance and repair professionals.
Broken out across two days and presented alongside the International WorkBoat Show, the WorkBoat Annual Conference will focus on three sectors: “Shipyards”, “Tug, Tow & Passenger Vessel” and “Offshore”. Each program will feature a varied format consisting of a combination of round table discussions and interactive presentations. A series of networking opportunities; ideal for peer-to-peer problem solving and idea sharing; will complement the program, ensuring that the key learnings from each day extend far beyond the classroom walls.
Shipyards are an integral part of the commercial marine lifecycle. From design and construction trends to the technological advancements and 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.
From aging inland infrastructure and the modernization of tug and towboat 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.
Higher oil prices combined with cost reductions have boosted hope that an offshore energy recovery is on the way. Additionally, emerging markets such as offshore wind power continue to gain momentum in the energy market. 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 long into the future.
Maintenance Day is a brand new program that will take place on Wednesday November 29th, opening day of The International WorkBoat Show. 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.
From case study presentations and panel discussions, to roundtable talks and a networking happy hour, this day encourages dynamic conversations where opportunities and challenges are shared. Passes include entry to the full day program, Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee, a networking lunch and happy hour. In addition Maintenance Day participants will have full access to all three days of the International WorkBoat Show exhibits, open sessions and special events.