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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 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 cornerstone of the Conference will be intensive half-day programs 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.
Focused on all things maintenance and repair, this program will deliver extensive sessions that supports and identifies the key challenges and opportunities across the industry. Discover the means of reliability and asset management, understand the importance of everyday maintenance whether predicted/scheduled or emergency, and engage in conversations with peers to further your business with emerging technologies and future trends.
The booming ferry and inland overnight cruise markets has helped boost passenger vessel sector growth and stability. The sector is seeing new designs, green technologies to improved fleet management and other technology. In the inland waterways sector, increased freight opportunities from chemical plants should mean additional opportunities for barge companies while continuing to reduce the oversupply of equipment. Infrastructure improvements are in high demand 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.
Modernization of tug, tow, and coastal barge fleets will be examined. This program is designed to deliver a comprehensive overview of fleet design and market trends. From new Z-drives on the Mississippi River to Tier 4 diesels and even hybrid propulsion, tug and towboat designers and builders are putting out innovative solutions for the industry.
In recent years, the offshore industry has had its challenges. However, government officials and oil companies remain optimistic that offshore reserves will be needed in the future. With emerging technology trends and the growth of renewable energy sources, more opportunity lies ahead. This program will identify the key components to sustaining the offshore sector now and into the future.
Shipyards are an integral part of the commercial marine industry. Shipyards are continually seeking innovative techniques to increase efficiency and safety. 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 — one characterized by more shipyards chasing fewer contracts. Hear what’s working and what’s not. This program will provide an in-depth look at the significance and importance of the shipyard industry.