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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

Houston: Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)

May 6-9, 2013. OTC stands for Offshore Technology Conference, and this was the offshore oil and gas industry’s foremost event for the development of hydrocarbon resources.  Themes ranged across the areas of drilling, environmental protection, exploration, production development, innovation and technology. OTC was founded over 30 years ago, and attracts over 60,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors from around the world each year. The daily  technical program of presentations included the innovation-focused breakfast and lunch sessions, and provided a dynamic forum for discussing the technical challenges facing the offshore oil and gas industry.  Hot topics included Exploration and Production, Field Development Concepts, Floater and Mooring Systems, Geotechnical Sampling and Survey, Marine Geoscience and Geohazards, Materials Technology, Ocean Engineering Resources, Offshore Pipelines, Riser Systems and Subsea Production and Processing Systems.  The OTC logo blazoned everywhere looked like an invitation to “catch the wave”…