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OCT 2017

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www.sea-technology.com October 2017 / st 27 T he 38th edition of the Inter- national WorkBoat Show, North America's largest maritime trade show and conference, will be held at the Morial Conven- tion Center in New Orleans from Wednesday, November 29, through Friday, December 1. WorkBoat is produced by the same team as WorkBoat Mag- azine and WorkBoat.com. The WorkBoat Show is the top marketplace for businesses that service the coastal, inland and offshore water and suc- cessfully bringing together thousands of people who want to buy with thousands of businesses selling the latest products, services and technologies. The 2016 show attracted nearly 1,100 exhibitors and nearly 15,000 visitors from 45 states and 27 countries. As attendees have said, "Everyone in the marine industry is here." Some of the things you can expect when participating in this long-running industry event are: expo-floor learning opportunities including breakout sessions; opportunities to meet vendors in person and experience their products be- fore you buy; meaningful insights, actionable takeaways, Q&A opportunities and group problem-solving sessions at the WorkBoat Annual Conference; networking and spon- sored events designed to build strong industry relationships; and young professionals' development to help shape the new minds of the industry. At the International WorkBoat Show, you'll find thou- sands of solutions, strategies, technologies and ideas to give your business an edge in 2017 and beyond. And you'll find loyal exhibitors offering demos, special presentations, part- nerships and deals to help you power through the waters of the business environment. A survey of last year's attendees indicated that 92 percent discovered new products or ven- dors at the show. Come prepared to experience many new and exciting additions to this year's show, from the all-new Collaboration Zone, Back Deck Bar and Wheelhouse Tavern to the cutting- edge Supplier Solutions. The WorkBoat Annual Conference—Dive Deeper One of the highlights of the International WorkBoat Show is the Annual Conference. This year, the conference features four maritime industry sector summits, which will allow the participants to dive deeper into the challenges and opportunities facing commercial mariners. Broken out across two days, the WorkBoat Annual Conference will focus on "Shipyards," "Tug, Tow & Passenger Vessel" and "Offshore." Each program will feature a varied format consisting of a combination of roundtable discussions and interactive presentations. A series of networking opportunities, ideal for peer-to-peer problemsolving and idea sharing, will comple- ment the program, ensuring that the key learnings from each day extend far beyond the classroom walls. In addition, for the first time, the WorkBoat Annual Con- ference will feature a full day of programming focused on all things pertinent to maintenance and repair, from best prac- tices to emerging technologies and more. Maintenance & Repair Day, which will be held on Wednesday, November 29, is an important educational opportunity for owners/op- erators, 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 pre- sentations and panel discussions, roundtable talks and net- working 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. Show Location New Orleans is located in the heart of the workboat in- dustry and is home to one of the largest and busiest ports in the world. New Orleans is a magical place with a unique culture and way of life. From the French Quarter to the el- egant Garden District to the music-filled Marigny, there is amazing food, music and more to be found across New Or- leans. With incredible hospitality, New Orleans is the per- fect place to do business, make connections, enjoy iconic scenery and fantastic food, and celebrate life. To learn more, visit www.neworleanscvb.com. Registration Qualified members of the industry can attend the Work- Boat Show Exhibit Hall and keynote for free by registering on or before November 29. Attendees will also save on upgrades to the Annual Conference program by registering early. To register, visit www.WorkBoatShow.com. ST International WorkBoat Show ST Conference Preview

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