Where can you see bigger boats than at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show? There is an event. It’s called the International WorkBoat Show, and it’s rolling onto the Mississippi River in New Orleans Dec. 5-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
At the largest maritime trade show in North America, Dixieland jazz bands play as you arrive at the exhibit hall for your café au lait and beignets after a night of swag on Bourbon Street, within staggering distance from the show.
If you’re wondering what new trends are coming to boating, the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans will give you a good glimpse into the future. Advancements from military craft eventually filter to the private market. While most exhibitors are commercial and military maritime companies, many have consumer divisions to answer your questions.
The WorkBoat Show is about more than barges and tugs and boats that bring crews to oil rigs. There are seminars for motorheads on reducing vibration in marine drive systems and developments in liquefied natural gas as a new preferred marine fuel. You can learn about the U.S. Navy’s proposals for soon-to-be-decommissioned amphibious ship-to-shore lifts and landing crafts, and the challenges of supporting delivery of troops, cargo and equipment on unimproved beaches and shallow ports.
Less than two years after the BP oil spill and the subsequent federal moratorium on deepwater drilling, the show has a more optimistic tone with the pace of new permitting for offshore oil wells showing signs of improvement.
Get the full show scoop at www.workboatshow.com.