The Association of Marine Technicians said it has canceled the National Marine Service Expo for the first time in 22 years because of an unprecedentedly low number of registrations.
The event was set for Jan. 15-17 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“This is the first time we’ve had to cancel NMSE since it began 22 years ago,” Amtech president Joe De Marco said in a statement. “A few years ago we were forced to cancel the trade show portion of NMSE due to the economy, but this is the first time we’ve had to cancel the training classes for NMSE.
“Last year we brought back the trade show, and because of the excellent feedback we received from the exhibitors and attending technicians, we expected a good turnout for 2015,” De Marco added. “Because we are getting so close to show time, the board was forced to cancel the entire event. We regret having to make this decision, but we need to do what is best for the association. We hope to see increased interest from the industry so we can bring back NMSE for 2016.”
To assist its members and offer training closer to home, Amtech and the Marine Career Training Institute of North America are offering training in six cities around the country in February and March. The locations are Fort Lauderdale; Litchfield, Ill.; Houston; Seattle; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Camdenton, Mo.
Registration for field training and training brochures are available at Amtech’s website.