International WorkBoat Show starts Wednesday

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The International WorkBoat Show, which organizers call North America's largest commercial marine trade show and conference, returns Wednesday through Friday this week to the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

A record number of exhibitors (nearly 1,000) and visitors (an expected 10,000 from 40 states and 17 countries) will attend the 31st version of the event.

Highlights include the second annual WorkBoat Executive Summit on Marine Finance; a keynote address by retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen; a Shipyard Day featuring WorkBoat magazine's 10 Significant Boats of 2010 awards ceremony and the WorkBoat Environmental Awards; and the debut of a WorkBoat Professional Series, featuring a comprehensive series of workshops and seminars.

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