Keynote speaker named for ABBRA conference

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The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association's annual conference July 18-19 will begin with a keynote address from James Brewer of Derecktor Shipyards, the yard responsible for building and launching the 281-foot superyacht Cakewalk.

Brewer's presentation at what is also known as the Summer Symposium, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford, Mass., will detail the process by which Derecktor was able to build trusting and collaborative relationships with clients, employees and subcontractors during the yard's largest build to date.

ABBRA's annual conference includes sessions and panel discussions such as "Compliance & the Cost of Going Green," presented by Paul Kaplan of Keefe Kaplan Maritime, Bill Munger of Conanicut Marine Services, and Kellie Thornell-Crete of Ink Inc.; and "Lessons from the Gulf Oil Spill: Legal and Scientific Views on a Natural Disaster," presented by John Fitzgerald of Saunders Yachtworks, a boatyard near the Gulf of Mexico, and Dennis Nixon of the University of Rhode Island.

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