Subchapter M, WRRDA, Barge Tax, among topics on agenda at one-day Summit in New Orleans, March 31

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One-Day conference to focus on inland towboat designs and trends, the economic outlook for inland waterways, and issues facing inland operators, including regulations.

“Subchapter M, WRRDA, the Barge Tax, and Other Issues Facing Inland Operators” are among the discussion topics on the agenda for upcoming Future of the Inland Waterways Summit on March 31 in New Orleans.

The passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, approval of the new barge tax, and regulations like Subchapter M are just a few of the ways government decisions are affecting the inland waterways. Appearing on the panel will be Kevin Gilheany, owner, Maritime Compliance International LLC and Spencer Murphy, vice president of risk management, Canal Barge Company Inc. Gilheany and Murphy will discuss how these issues will affect inland operations and businesses.

The strong U.S. economy, lower oil prices, and grain and oilseed production should continue to bring good news for barge operators and dry cargo carriers in 2015. But even this good news comes with challenges. The one-day Summit agenda will address these challenges by featuring a number of topics relevant to inland waterway operators and others. Other topics featured in the one-day Summit include “Inland Towboat Design & Trends” and “Economic Outlook for Inland Waterways.” There will also be a keynote address by Michael Toohey, president and CEO of the Waterways Council Inc.

WorkBoat Regional Summits, one-day conferences that address topics that affect a specific region and market sector, allow for in-depth discussion, peer-to-peer networking and solution-driven conversations.

Participation in the WorkBoat Regional Summit: Future of the Inland Waterways includes a networking breakfast, lunch and breaks, as well as a keynote, and panel and roundtable discussions. Registrations before March 3 qualify for an early-bird reduced price of $395, after which, advance registration before March 30 is $425. Day-of-event registration is $495. The full Summit schedule and registration information is available HERE.

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