December 4 - 6, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

Conference Program

WorkBoat Annual Conference – Dive Deeper

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 broken out across three days and will focus on five sectors: “Maintenance & Repair”, “Tugs & Coastal Towing” “Shipyards”, “Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel” and “Offshore”. Each program is custom designed to provide high level education and networking opportunities in a comprehensive format.

The Conference is built upon intensive half-day programs that allows participants to dive deeper into the challenges and opportunities facing commercial mariners today. Led by industry experts, the program is designed to expose attendees to new information and encourage critical thinking and engaging discussions. 

Maintenance & Repair Program

Focused on all things maintenance and repair, this portion of the WorkBoat Annual Conference will deliver extensive programming that supports and identifies the key challenges and opportunities for M& R professionals. Discover new means of reliability and asset management, discover emerging technologies and future trends, understand the importance of everyday maintenance (whether predicted/scheduled or emergency), and engage in thoughtful conversations with peers through networking opportunities.

Offshore Program

With a growing demand for renewables, there is much optimism in the offshore market with the emergence of the Offshore Wind Industry on the East Coast. Market predictions in the Gulf continue to forecast a more cautiously optimistic attitude with a possibility of more consolidation and mergers.

This year’s offshore program will provide insight into the opportunities of the growing Offshore Wind Market and the what lies ahead for Offshore Oil and the vessels that support both.  

Tugs & Coastal Towing Program

With the EPA’s new emissions standards and operators looking for more efficiency, modernization of tug and Coastal towing fleets are evolving significantly. This year’s program is designed to deliver a comprehensive overview of vessel design and market trends. Delivered by top industry professionals, the program will examine challenges of achieving Tier IV compliance, the threat of cyber attacks and the vulnerability of the marine industry, escort tug safety, and hybrid vessel designs. 

Shipyard Program

Shipyards are continually seeking innovative techniques to increase efficiency, safety and profitability. From design and construction trends to technological advancements and regulatory compliance, the importance of relevant, up-to-date information is crucial in today’s competitive environment. 

Undoubtedly, the emergence of the Domestic Offshore Wind industry and the 70 Billion in Capex spending signals significant opportunity for US shipyards. There is an imminent need for new vessels to survey, build, crew, and service this new market. Come hear from industry insiders and learn about what is needed in the Offshore Wind Industry supply chain . 

Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program

A strong economy and the booming ferry and inland overnight cruise markets have helped boost passenger vessel industry growth and stability. This sector is seeing new designs, green technologies including hybrid and electric, improved fleet management and other technologies. 

In the inland waterways sector, increased freight opportunities from U.S. chemical manufacturers and the improving economy should bring additional opportunities for barge companies while continuing to reduce the oversupply of equipment. Infrastructure improvements are needed as commercial and recreational transportation crowd the rivers. This program will address the strategic concepts in maintaining what is working and reversing what is not along the inland waterways and discuss what’s on the horizon.

 

2019 WorkBoat Annual Conference Pricing

   Program Includes Price before
Oct. 31, 2019
Price Oct. 31 –
December 6, 2019
Schedule

Maintenance & Repair

*Half Day Program
9:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 4

Maintenance & Repair Program
Morning Coffee Break
Networking Luncheon
$275 $400 View Full Schedule>>

Tugs & Coastal Towing

*Half Day Program
9:00am – 1:30pm
Wednesday, Dec. 4

Tugs & Coastal Towing Program
Morning Coffee Break
Networking Luncheon
$275 $400 View Full Schedule>>

Offshore

*Half Day Program
9:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 5

Offshore Program
Morning Coffee Break
Networking Luncheon
$275 $400 View Full Schedule>>

Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel

*Half Day Program
9:00am – 1:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 5

Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program
Morning Coffee Break
Networking Luncheon
$275 $400 View Full Schedule>>

Shipyard

*Half Day Program
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 5

Shipyard Program
Networking Luncheon
Afternoon Coffee Break

$275 $400 View Full Schedule>>


Maintenance & Repair Program 

Focused on all things maintenance and repair, this portion of the WorkBoat Annual Conference will deliver extensive programming that supports and identifies the key challenges and opportunities for M& R professionals. Discover new means of reliability and asset management, discover emerging technologies and future trends, understand the importance of everyday maintenance (whether predicted/scheduled or emergency), and engage in thoughtful conversations with peers to further your business.

Wednesday
04 Dec 2019

Featured Speaker – Johnny Gaskins

Johnny Gaskins, Vice President Of Production, Lyon Shipyard

Creating the Digital Transformation

The presentation and discussion will focus on a common-sense approach using strategic data analytics practices to satisfy the dynamically changing requirements of maintaining commercial marine vessels.

Break – Maintenance & Repair Program

Track Name: Maintenance & Repair Session Date: Dec 4 2019 10:20 am – 10:30 am

Diesel Outboards – More Power & Lower Maintenance Cost

Representatives from Cox and OXE will discuss why Diesel Outboards are the right choice for commercial applications: More power, less maintenance, and safer.

Lunch – Maintenance & Repair Program

Track Name: Maintenance & Repair Session Date: Dec 4 2019 11:30 am – 11:45 am

Arial Robotics: How Drones Are Making the Maintenance Yard Safer

By removing workers from dangerous heights and contact with hazardous substances, arial robotic technology is engineering safer occupational environments for the maintenance, inspection, cleaning, and coatings industry.

Artificial Intelligence and Vessel Corrosion Detection

This session will look at Artificial intelligence (AI) models that are being used to detect levels of corrosion and breakdown of marine coatings on brown- and bluewater vessels. This ABS...

Tugs & Coastal Towing Program

With the EPA’s new emissions standards and operators looking for more efficiency, modernization of tug and Coastal towing fleets are evolving significantly. This year’s program is designed to deliver a comprehensive overview of vessel design and market trends. Delivered by top industry professionals, the program will examine challenges of achieving Tier IV compliance, the threat of cyber attacks and the vulnerability of the marine industry, escort tug safety, and hybrid vessel designs.

Wednesday
04 Dec 2019

Featured Speaker – Tugs & Coastal Towing

Featured Speaker - Welcome to the Tugs & Coastal Towing Program. Outline of the sessions to follow.

Integrating Tier 4 Technology into a Proven Tractor Tug Design

Team approach: this session chronicles the challenges and the achievement of Tier 4 compliance while maintaining a time honored haul design.

Break

Track Name: Tugs & Coastal Towing Program Session Date: Dec 4 2019 10:30 am – 10:40 am

Achieving Tier 4 Compliance With EGR Technology

Achieving Tier 4 Emissions Standards will be investigated. The session will offer: classification perspective and what standards are required, detailing the Emission Control Areas around the world and a general...

Cybersecurity – A Survey of the Maritime Industry

How prepared is your organization? Ford Wogan And Andrew Lee Authors of the Jones Walker LLP 2018 Cyber Security Maritime Survey will share significant findings and discuss the State Of...

Lunch – Tugs and Coastal Towing

15 Minute Program Break - Lunch will be served prior to the next session.

Historical Overview of Tug Escorts and Study of Today’s Escort Tug Safety

World renowned tug designer Robert Allan, and Brendan Smoker of Robert Allan Ltd., will present a historical overview of escort tugs, its evolution, and how safety is part of the...

Alternative Propulsion Systems Investigated

An investigation into the pro’s and cons of Alternate Propulsion Systems, including Diesel Electric, Electrical-mechanical, Battery, LNG and Hydrogen power. An overview of each type of system will be presented...

Offshore Program 

With a growing demand for renewables, there is much optimism in the offshore market with the emergence of the Offshore Wind Industry on the East Coast. Market predictions in the Gulf continue to forecast a more cautiously optimistic attitude with a possibility of more consolidation and mergers.

This year’s offshore program will provide insight into the opportunities of the growing Offshore Wind Market and the what lies ahead for Offshore Oil and the vessels that support both.  

Thursday
05 Dec 2019

Featured Speaker – Liz Burdock, Business Network for Offshore Wind

US Offshore Wind Market Status and Supply Chain Opportunities: : The Network will share an update on the US offshore wind market highlighting the Network’s insights as well as the...

Jones Act: Congressional Update

A review and Understanding of recent Congressional decisions on the Jones Act and what that means for Offshore

Break – Offshore Program

Track Name: Offshore Program Session Date: Dec 5 2019 10:05 am – 10:15 am

Offshore Wind Vessel Classification

Understanding Offshore Wind Vessel Classification: this session will provide and in depth overview of different ship types engaged in the global Offshore Wind Power industry, with their main technical characteristics

Offshore Vessel Market Conditions

A look at the data and demand for Offshore Vessel utilization

Lunch – Offshore Program

Track Name: Offshore Program Session Date: Dec 5 2019 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

The Tidewater/GulfMark Consolidation And Merger

Tidewater and GulfMark merged in 2018 creating the world’s largest OSV fleet. Major benefits have come from this consolidation such as increased employee opportunities, high quality and cost-effective services for...

Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program 

A strong economy and the booming ferry and inland overnight cruise markets have helped boost passenger vessel industry growth and stability. This sector is seeing new designs, green technologies including hybrid and electric, improved fleet management and other technologies.

In the inland waterways sector, increased freight opportunities from U.S. chemical manufacturers and the improving economy should bring additional opportunities for barge companies while continuing to reduce the oversupply of equipment. Infrastructure improvements are needed as commercial and recreational transportation crowd the rivers. This program will address the strategic concepts in maintaining what is working and reversing what is not along the inland waterways and discuss what’s on the horizon.

Thursday
05 Dec 2019

Featured Speaker – Brian Curtis

Brian Curtis, Director, Office of Marine Safety National Transportation Marine Safety Board will provide insight and awareness of Small vessel accidents detailing common safety issues and NTSB findings.
Brian Curtis

Safety On The Waterways

BB Riverboats owner and WorkBoat magazine columnist Capt. Alan Bernstein will share his insight and experience as he leads a discussion on waterways safety.

Break – Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program

Track Name: Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program Session Date: Dec 5 2019 10:30 am – 10:40 am

Ferries and Passenger Vessels: Going Green

Track Name: Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program Session Date: Dec 5 2019 10:40 am – 11:20 am

Lunch – Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel

Track Name: Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program Session Date: Dec 5 2019 11:20 am – 11:35 pm

Going Electric

Track Name: Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program Session Date: Dec 5 2019 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm

Waterways Infrastructure A National Perspective

Rob Rich, vice president of marine services at Shaver Transportation, will share current issues and challenges facing the U.S. waterways infrastructure.

Shipyard Program 

Shipyards are continually seeking innovative techniques to increase efficiency, safety and profitability. From design and construction trends to technological advancements and regulatory compliance, the importance of relevant, up-to-date information is crucial in today’s competitive environment. 

Undoubtedly, the emergence of the Domestic Offshore Wind industry and the 70 Billion in Capex spending signals significant opportunity for US shipyards. There is an imminent need for new vessels to survey, build, crew, and service this new market. Come hear from industry insiders and learn about what is needed in the Offshore Wind Industry supply chain . 

Thursday
05 Dec 2019

Lunch – Shipyard Program

Track Name: Shipyard Program Session Date: Dec 5 2019 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Featured Speaker – Ron Baczkowski

Track Name: Shipyard Program Session Date: Dec 5 2019 12:00 pm – 12:50 am

Developing and Offering Autonomous Marine Technology:

Offering Autonomous Marine Technology Can Be a Competitive Advantage for Shipbuilders: This session will illustrate and provide discussion of how shipbuilders who offer operators autonomous marine tech have a competitive...

Building Boats for Offshore Wind

Vessels for the Offshore wind Supply chain are being built. This session will provide insight from some of the yards that have built or are currently under contract building these...

Shipyard Workforce Training

A detailed look into the Community Collage System and the programs designed to train and prepare the newest generation of shipyard workers.
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