January 07, 2014

OSV Design & Technology is Topic of WorkBoat Professional Series Regional Summit in Houston on April 4
-- The WorkBoat Professional Series Regional Summit on "OSV Design & Technology" will bring top commercial marine and government leaders to Houston on Friday, April 4, 2014. Registration is now for the Summit sponsored by WorkBoat.com. --

    HOUSTON, TX, January 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- What's in store for the offshore service vessel market in 2014? What is the future for LNG shipments? What are the latest trends in vessel design and construction?

These topics will bring top commercial marine and government leaders to Houston on Friday, April 4, for the OSV Design & Technology Summit, sponsored by WorkBoat.com.

"The WorkBoat Professional Series Regional Summit in Houston is a great opportunity to discuss and understand the key challenges and opportunities facing the OSV market in 2014 and beyond," said David Krapf, WorkBoat's editor in chief.

To register for the Summit, which will be held at the Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria, visit http://www.workboat.com/regional-summit-houston.aspx

Future of LNG Shipments Panel Discussion
Listen to a conversation about the future of the OSV industry and you will hear LNG mentioned often. LNG power is an emerging trend in the OSV industry and there are a lot of questions surrounding its implementation. Issues such as LNG vessel design, how to provide adequate LNG supply and access, LNG infrastructure concerns, and other potential obstacles hindering progress will be discussed. Speakers may include:

- Chad Verrett, Executive Vice President Alaska & LNG Operations, Harvey Gulf International Marine (invited)

- Eddie Green, General Manager, U.S. Marine & Stationary LNG Business Development, Shell Oil Products (Invited)

- Roy Cheramie, Edison Chouest (Invited)

- John Dane, President and CEO, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Inc. (Invited)

What's in Store for the OSV Market? Panel Discussion
The fortunes of OSV operators rise and fall in lock step with offshore drilling companies and rig counts. Drillers are dependent upon the E&P activity of oil and gas companies. However, events other than market influences can sometimes determine whether a particular offshore region will see significant drilling and production activity. It can be a vicious cycle. Join in the discussion as our panel of experts provides insight into the future of the rig market. Speakers:

- Richard Sanchez, Senior Marine Specialist, IHS Petrodata (confirmed)

- G. Allen Brooks, Oil Service Consultant, PPHB LP (confirmed)

- David Krapf, Editor in Chief, WorkBoat (confirmed)

Design Trends Panel Discussion
With competition for business in the OSV industry keen, it is no surprise that OSV operators want to take advantage of ways to streamline their operations. One big area is in the design and build of new vessels. In the last three decades, the design, construction and missions of OSVs have undergone numerous changes. Hear from top design firms and builders on new technologies and materials for future newbuilds. Speakers:

- William Lind, STX US Marine (confirmed)

- Ken Munroe, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Shipbuilding Group (invited)

- Anil Raj, Founder, President & CEO, Technology Associates Inc. (confirmed)

- Guido Perla, Chairman, Guido Perla & Associates (confirmed)

"OSV Technology in Platform Supply Vessels " will be the topic of the keynote address by Erik Haakonsholm, Vard (Invited).

Early-Bird Registration (before March 1) is $395. Advance Registration (March 1-April 3) is $425. Onsite registration is $495.

For more information visit http://www.WorkBoat.com.

About WorkBoat.com
With over 30,000 members, WorkBoat.com is the largest commercial marine member supported website. The WorkBoat Professional Series provides the marine industry professionals with a way to stay on top of what's going on in the workboat industry and its outlook for 2014 and beyond -- from business management to marine industry specific topics.

For more information visit http://www.WorkBoat.com.

For more information:
Lisa Keller
Diversified Business Communications
Phone: (207) 842-5624

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Contact Information:
Lisa Keller
Diversified Business Com
Portland, Maine
Voice: 207-842-5500
Website: http://www.workboat.com

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