Registration Now Open for Largest U.S. Maritime Industry Trade Show

International WorkBoat Show scheduled for November in New Orleans; Record Number of Exhibitors and Customer Expected

New Orleans, LA, October 04, 2007 --( The 29th Annual International WorkBoat Show, North America’s largest maritime trade show and conference, will return to Morial Convention Center from November 28 through November 30.

"After the WorkBoat Show's tremendously successful return to New Orleans last year, we anticipate that this year's version will be even bigger and better,” said Mike Lodato, vice president, Diversified Business Communications. Lodato reported there were a record number of exhibitors in 2006 and the Show attracted visitors from 40 states and 17 countries.

Lodato expects more than 1,000 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors to attend the 2007 WorkBoat Show, which serves people and businesses working on the coastal, inland and offshore waters.

Highlighting the 2007 Show will be the annual Shipyard Day on Wednesday, November 28, and a full slate of compelling conference session for the industry.

The Shipyard Day Keynote address will be presented by Charles Fabrikant, Chairman, President & CEO, Seacor Holdings, who will speak on the “Evolution & Change in the Offshore Industry.”

Headquartered in Florida, Seacor is one of the world’s largest providers of marine support and transportation services. Fabrikant will discuss the present business climate and future of the offshore supply vessel industry, as well as focus on the dynamics, economics and challenges in Seacor’s other operating markets — harbor tugs and inland barges.

Shipyard Day will honor vessel designers, builders and owners during the Second Annual WorkBoat Magazine 10 Significant Boats of 2007 Awards Ceremony.

In conjunction with the Passenger Vessel Association’s River’s Region Meeting, The International Workboat Show will feature a new track on Passenger Vessels, offering sessions on operating a high speed vessel and revisiting the streamlined inspection program.

Along with the Shipyard and Passenger Vessel programs WorkBoat will also be featuring a Safety, Security & Training Program highlighting Recruitment and Retention: Thinking Outside the Box, Advanced Topics in Maritime Security, Proposed Tug Requirements Resulting from Bourbon Dolphin, Interoperability: The Need to Know Your Resources, and Mariner Identification System: Where Are We Now?

“We are proud to be able to continue our support of a city and region that is so vital to the workboat industry and has played such an important role in the success of both the International WorkBoat Show and WorkBoat magazine," said David Krapf, editor, WorkBoat Magazine.

Krapf noted that New Orleans is thriving. “The cultural riches, sensual indulgences and unparalleled service that define the New Orleans experience continue to flourish, as they have for centuries,” he said.

To pre-register: visit or call 800-454-3007.

Tradeshow Week ranks the International WorkBoat Show as one of the Top 200 largest U.S. trade shows. The show is produced by Diversified Business Communications.

Ken Saunderson
(206) 282-6858