Waterways Council’s Toohey to Address Inland Waterways Summit in New Orleans

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One-Day conference to focus on towboat designs and trends, the economic outlook for the inland waterways, and issues facing inland operators including Subchapter M, WRRDA, and the Barge Tax.

Mike Toohey, president and CEO of the Waterways Council Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the WorkBoat Regional Summit Future of the Inland Waterways on March 31 in New Orleans.

Toohey, who was vice President of government affairs for Ashland Inc. for 19 years, will discuss the current state of the inland waterways, river infrastructure and other issues.

After Toohey’s morning keynote, the “Inland Towboat Design & Trends Panel Discussion & Roundtable Talks”, led by Tommy Parfait, owner, Parfait Maritime Designs, and Austin Golding, co-owner, Golding Barge Line, will kick off the day’s discussion topics.

Parfait and Golding will focus on ways towboat operators can make vessels more comfortable and fuel-efficient, from air bellows systems that help reduce vibrations and noise to Z-drives for fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance costs.

Other topics featured in the one-day Regional Summit include the “Economic Outlook for Inland Waterways” and “Subchapter M, WRRDA, the Barge Tax, and Other Issues Facing Inland Operators.”

WorkBoat Regional Summits are one-day conferences that address topics that impact a specific region and market sector. The summits 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, a keynote address, and panel and roundtable discussions. Those registered before March 3 qualify for the early bird reduced price of $395. Advance registration from March 3 to March 30 is $425. On-site registration is $495. The full WorkBoat Inland Waterways Regional Summit schedule and registration information is available here.

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