The Annual Conference during the 2017 International WorkBoat Show, North America’s largest maritime trade show, will feature a new Maintenance & Repair Day, along with intensive half-day programs focused on key industry sectors.

NEW ORLEANS, LA, June 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — A new Maintenance & Repair Day, along with intensive half-day conference programs focused on key sectors including Shipyards, Inland/Passenger Vessel and Offshore, will highlight the re-designed WorkBoat Annual Conference Program at this year’s International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans. The show will run from Wednesday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Dec. 1.

“The annual conference has been totally revamped for 2017 and will feature four maritime industry sector summits,” said Denielle Christensen, WorkBoat Show event director. “These comprehensive programs combined with networking events will allow the participants to dive deeper into the challenges and opportunities facing commercial mariners.”

Registration for the International WorkBoat Show will open on July 11 at

The International WorkBoat Show, North America’s largest maritime trade show and conference, will be held at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The 2016 show attracted approximately 1,100 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors from 45 states and 27 countries.

Maintenance & Repair Day
For the first time, the WorkBoat Annual Conference will feature a full day of programming focused on all things pertinent to maintenance and repair from best practices to emerging technologies and more. Maintenance & Repair Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, is an important educational opportunity for owners/operators, port captains, fleet managers, engineers, and others responsible for keeping U.S. commercial vessels in service and operating efficiently.

Maintenance & Repair Day will offer case study presentations and panel discussions, roundtable talks and networking opportunities. Conference passes include free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee, a networking lunch, and a happy hour. In addition, Maintenance & Repair Day participants will have full access to all three days of the International WorkBoat Show’s exhibits, open sessions and special events.

WorkBoat Annual Conference Half-Day Programs
Broken out across two days, these new half-day conference sessions will focus on three sectors: “Shipyards,” “Inland/Passenger Vessel,” and “Offshore”. Each half-day program will feature a combination of roundtable discussions and interactive presentations. There will also be a series of networking events for idea sharing and problem solving.

Shipyard Program
From design and construction trends to technological advancements and regulatory compliance, this half-day program will provide an unprecedented opportunity for those in the shipyard industry to learn about and discuss the latest trends, challenges and best practices.

Inland/ Passenger Vessel Program
From aging inland infrastructure and the modernization of the tug and barge and towboat fleets to the booming passenger vessel and ferry market, the Inland & Passenger Vessel track will address the issues and opportunities in this important sector.

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 address the critical issues affecting the offshore industry as well as the trends that will continue to sustain the sector in the future.

The WorkBoat Annual Conference is developed by the editors of, WorkBoat magazine, and the WorkBoat Content Team. In addition, a maritime industry advisory board helps identify key topics and speakers.

Exhibit space applications are now being accepted. For more information please contact Chris Dimmerling at [email protected].

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About WorkBoat
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About Diversified Communications
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