Inland Waterways One-Day Summit on March 31 targets Barge Operators

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New Orleans conference to focus on inland towboat designs and trends, economic outlook for the inland waterways, and issues facing inland operators including Subchapter M, WRRDA and the barge tax.

WorkBoat brings a one-day Regional Summit to New Orleans next week, built just for inland operators. The event, focused on keeping barge operators abreast of industry changes and trends, will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Tuesday, March 31. Registration is still open for the Summit, and industry professionals are invited to register before or on the day of the event.

WorkBoat helps produce the annual International WorkBoat Show, publishes its monthly magazine and produces reports and e-media products. Its Regional Summits are one-day conferences that address topics that affect a specific region and market sector, and allow for in-depth discussion and solution-driven discussions in a roundtable setting. WorkBoat will host three of these focused Summits in 2015, starting with the inland waterways event in New Orleans on March 31, the OSV Summit in Houston on April 2, and another in the fall of 2015 in Seattle.

After a networking breakfast, Michael Toohey, president and CEO, Waterways Council Inc., will kick off discussions with a keynote address on the inland waterway industry’s most top-of-mind issues, including WRRDA (the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014), infrastructure and affordable energy. Toohey brings 30 years of experience and insight on these topics including 19 years at Ashland Inc. where he served as the principle representative to the federal government and also supervised state government relations for this Fortune 500 Corporation.

Other topics featured in the one-day Summit include, “Economic Outlook for Inland Waterways” and “Inland Towboat Design & Trends” and “Subchapter M, WRRDA, the Barge Tax, and Other Issues Facing Inland Operators.” Speakers confirmed for the Summit include: Brent Dibner, president, Dibner Maritime Associates; Kevin Gilheany, owner, Maritime Compliance International LLC; Austin Golding, Co-Owner of Golding Barge Line; Eric Livingston, vice president, GATX; Spencer Murphy, vice president of risk management, Canal Barge Company Inc.; Tommy Parfait, owner, Parfait Maritime Designs; and Joshua Sebastian, engineering manager, Shearer Group Inc.

Inland operators are invited to attend the 2015 WorkBoat Regional Summit: Future of the Inland Waterways up until the morning of the event. Advance tickets are $425, and can be reserved at Those wishing to sign up the day of the event (March 31) can do so at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans; day-of-event registration is $495. Breakfast, networking breaks, and lunch are all included in the one-day program.

A full schedule for the Summit as well as detailed information on Speakers is available here:

Directions and parking information for the Hyatt Regency New Orleans can be found here:

About WorkBoat
WorkBoat is part of the Diversified 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 70 years. WorkBoat delivers high quality information to all segments of the marine industry in North America through WorkBoat magazine,, face-to-face at the International WorkBoat Show and WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo, and through education programs at the WorkBoat Professional Series and Regional Summits. For more information, visit

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.

About Diversified Communications
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