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New Orleans: International Workboat Show –

At the International WorkBoat Show, over 1,000 marine product and service suppliers exhibited their watery wares. The conference had strands on Business Management (“Explore the various challenges and opportunities that come with running a maritime business); Safety (“For most marine operations, maintaining a safe workplace is a top priority and an ongoing challenge, requiring updates on current standards, best practices, and new maritime safety solutions”; Technical (“The marine industry is a constantly evolving technological environment, showing how the latest innovations can bring efficiency and enhance quality from the corporate office to the vessel engine room”); plus Legal and Regulatory (“Understand marine law, current rules and regulatory trends, and learn the status of key pending legislation so you can plan ahead to keep your business in compliance”). Remember, the Sea is a harsh mistress, and seafarers must obey her laws…. #wbmr15 #workboatshow

New Orleans: Workboat Show

Dec. 3-5, 2012. The International Workboat Show is the largest commercial marine tradeshow in North America, serving people and businesses working on coastal, inland and offshore waters.  1,000 companies displayed products and services for commercial vessels and the companies that build, service and operate them. The commercial marine industry is pretty big, we were told, and what with fluctuating market sectors it seems to be continuously changing. Staying ahead of change and keeping the business profitable can be tough, so visitors where looking for an event where they could meet face-to-face with thousands of colleagues and suppliers, while sourcing and researching new products, technologies and ideas.  They were rewarded with over 1,000 exhibiting suppliers, touting everything from pushboats and barges to patrol boats and military vessels.  Hey, mind that buoy…!