WorkBoat to Launch Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo in 2015

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Producers of the International WorkBoat Show and WorkBoat magazine launch industry event in New Orleans.

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WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo will provide a hyper-focused education program and exhibit hall specifically designed for fleet maintenance managers, port captains and engineers, vessel owners and operators, shipyard owners and operator.

Diversified Communications, organizers of the highly successful, award-winning International WorkBoat Show, has launched a major new conference and trade show.

The inaugural WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo will take place in New Orleans April 14–16, 2015, at the recently renovated Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

After consulting with leading industry operators and suppliers, it was found that there was demand for a dedicated conference and trade show aimed at the maintenance and repair segment of the workboat industry. The Gulf region is home to several well-known shipyards and maintenance and repair facilities such as Bollinger Shipyards, Signal International, BAE Systems and VT Halter.

The new conference and expo is a natural extension of the International WorkBoat Show. “WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo will provide a hyper-focused education program and exhibit hall specifically designed for fleet maintenance managers, port captains and engineers, vessel owners and operators, shipyard owners and operators, drydock operators and project managers and engineers,” said Bob Callahan, show director.

The announcement has received strong exhibitor support from several leading workboat maintenance and repair companies, including:

American Chemical Technologies
IBIX North America
Independent Diving Services
Jotun Paints
Karl Senner Inc
Mast Products & E-Led Lighting
Millner- Haufen Tool Company
SKF Marine Industry Service Centre
Strong Hold Products
TFT Pneumatic Industrial Tools
TMS LevelCom
Williams Machine Work

The event will feature a high profile seminar and keynote program for 1,500 to 2,000 maintenance and repair professionals running alongside a trade exhibition of approximately 150 companies that supply a broad range of innovative products that are needed to run an efficient marine maintenance and repair operation.

In addition to the interaction that will take place in the education sessions and trade show floor, the show will provide ample networking opportunities. These include an opening night cocktail reception and daily happy hours. There will also be a keynote breakfast on the show floor and networking coffee breaks.

“We are also working on a facility tour of a local company involved in the marine industry,” said Callahan.

“Both the WorkBoat magazine team and International WorkBoat Show trade show team have heard from many of our exhibitors and advertisers who say that there is a real need for a show which reflects the specific challenges of the marine maintenance and repair segment,” Callahan continued. “As many people have told us during our research, it’s a market segment that needs and deserves a dedicated event to help grow and enhance our business.”

WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo is organized by Diversified Communications, which has a growing portfolio of successful events and magazines in the commercial marine sector. This includes The International WorkBoat Show, WorkBoat magazine, Pacific Marine Expo, WorkBoat Professional Series, WorkBoat Executive Summit, WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program,, National Fisherman magazine and Australia Oil & Gas Expo.

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For sponsorship information or reserve booth space, please email Chris Dimmerling, Sales Director at cdimmerling(at)divcom(dot)com.

About WorkBoat
WorkBoat is part of the Diversified Business Communications portfolio of commercial marine events, publications and e-media products. The WorkBoat brand has been connecting qualified buyers with leading suppliers for more than 45 years. In print through WorkBoat magazine, online at, face-to-face at the International WorkBoat Show and through education with the Professional Series, WorkBoat delivers high quality information to all segments of the marine industry in North America. For more information, visit

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications, based in Portland, Maine, provides information and market access through face-to-face events, publications and eMedia. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Diversified operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK and Canada. For more information, visit:

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