Economic Outlook for Inland Waterways on Agenda at One-Day Summit in New Orleans, March 31

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Conference to focus on inland towboat design and trends, issues and new regulations facing inland operators, and the economic outlook for inland waterways.

The “Economic Outlook for the Inland Waterways” is among the discussion topics on the agenda for the Future of the Inland Waterways Summit on March 31 in New Orleans.

The inland business climate has seen steady demand on the liquid side, led by petroleum-related movements. For tank barge operators, the result has been record profits, strong balance sheets and excellent cash flow. It has also enabled operators to continue to build new equipment. On the dry cargo side, strong exports of soybeans, corn and wheat have helped operators this year. In the session focused on the economic outlook for inland waterways operators, panelists Brent Dibner, president of Dibner Maritime Associates and Eric Livingston, vice president of GATX, will discuss the outlook for the barge transport of petroleum, grain, coal and other commodities. The panel will also take a look at barge construction and backlogs at Trinity and other barge builders.

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. Other topics featured in the one-day Summit include “Inland Towboat Design & Trends” and “Subchapter M, WRRDA, the Barge Tax, and Other Issues Facing Inland Operators.” There will also be a keynote address from Michael Toohey, president and CEO of the Waterways Council Inc.

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. For industry members that register before March 30, the price is only $425 — a $70 savings. Day-of-event registration is $495. The full Summit schedule and registration information is available HERE.

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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.

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