Fisk Marine Insurance International exhibited at the WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. This event, which ran from April 14 to 16 this year, focuses on the important vessel upkeep issues. Visitors get the chance to meet various participants in the professional marine business, and learn about regulations that affect fleets.
The gathering took place in the Morial Convention Center, but was open to participants from all across the country. The conference managers are taking great pains to remind visitors that this is different from December's International WorkBoat Show. While both concern the world of professional marine fleets, this most recent one was specifically centered around maintenance and repair issues, including products that play a role in repair efforts.
As an example, Tuesday's schedule of events featured conference sessions on topics like training welders correctly, vibration monitoring and lubricant regulations. Wednesday featured a keynote appearance from Nick Sloane, who worked as Salvage Master for the Costa Concordia cruise ship project in Italy and led the wreck removal crew. He spoke about his work on the project, which took more than two years to complete. Thursday's keynote luncheon speaker was football coach Terry Bowden.
Some of the new vessel enhancement-related products on display during this event included Patterson Manufacturing's Self-Aligning Roller Chocks (S.A.R.C.), which connect boats and barges, and Theramax Inc.'s Tmax-Insulation Claddings, durable engine compartment modules for vessel maintenance operations.
This is adds to the list of marine industry conventions and events that Fisk Marine Insurance has appeared at in the New Orleans area in 2015 so far. Be sure to check our blog for more information about where we will be and when, as well as details about marine insurance and relevant risks.