Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Commercial Marine Expo, the Newport Charter Yacht Show and the Marine Equipment Trade Show 2012.

The 30th annual Newport Charter Yacht Show, which will be held June 18-21, caters not only to the charter trade, but also consumers (attending with brokers) who can learn more about charter options in New England and worldwide through access to luxury yachts from 50 to 200 feet, industry-focused seminars and ancillary goods and services, organizers said.

“We have 24 yachts signed up to date, and our number of on-site exhibitors has doubled from last year,” Newport Exhibition Group director and event chairman Tom DeLotto said in a statement, adding that this year the show directly precedes the America’s Cup World Series in Newport.

“Everything is really coming together, and we could not be more pleased with the industry support from brokers, agents and marine businesses.”

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The Commercial Marine Expo, a regional business-to-business trade show serving commercial fishing and commercial marine markets on the Atlantic seaboard, returns Wednesday and Thursday to the State Pier in New Bedford, Mass.

"Tug and barge operations, fire, police and harbor security, ferry, freight, pilot and port operations will play major roles at CME 2012, as well as commercial fishing and fish processing," show director Ted Hugger said in a statement.

Admission is free for qualified industry professionals. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on both days.

The in-water show will encompass more than 50,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, 1,000 linear feet of deep-water pier frontage for large boats and ships and floating docks for smaller craft.

More than 200 companies are expected to take part in the trade-only exhibition, drawing more than 2,500 commercial marine and commercial fishing professionals to the heart of New Bedford's working waterfront.

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The Marine Equipment Trade Show, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is inviting exhibitors, visitors and other professionals who have been involved with the show through the years to send in photographs, newspaper clippings, personal videos and anecdotes to form the basis of special displays.

The material will be used on the METS website and in prominent positions around METS 2012, which will be held Nov. 13-15 in Amsterdam.

“For a quarter of a century, METS has been the launch pad for thousands of innovative products, the show of choice for major meetings and business deals and a prized venue for social and networking events,” METS senior product manager Irene Dros said in a statement. “This makes for a very rich history, and we look forward to receiving personal mementos for displays that will capture the true spirit and tradition of the show.”

One contributor will be rewarded with lunch for six at the First Floor Restaurant of Amsterdam RAI during METS. Submissions should be sent to


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