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The Changing Landscape of Shipyards
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Point Clear, Alabama
Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club, & Spa

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In the current market, most shipyards are experiencing growth and stability; orders are up and business is steady.  But even steady growth comes with challenges. This WorkBoat Regional Summit will help you address these challenges. Speakers and industry experts will be there throughout the day-long event to discuss solutions for the issues many Gulf yards are facing, including personnel shortages, financing for growth and stability, and adapting to more specialized systems.

The Changing Face of Personnel 
With the advancements in technology, the landscape of the shipyard workforce is changing. Will a more specialized workforce be necessary in the future? Will companies such as Siemens and Rolls-Royce alleviate the personnel crunch some by using their own technicians?  How are personnel challenges different for smaller yards as compared to larger ones? These questions addressing the most prevalent problems in the shipyard industry will be explored in this panel discussion.

State of the Industry in the Gulf
Aside from the personnel problem, what other challenges face yard owners? Is the traditional shipyard becoming more of an erection yard, with specialized systems integrators doing more of the technical work? The panel will discuss where the shipyard industry is now and where it may be going. 

Financing the Future
Whether your company is a small business or big publicly traded company, capital is the engine that drives it. Where that capital comes from is one of the questions that this discussion will seek to answer.  Join us as a panel of finance experts will help you understand the state of the commercial marine finance marketplace, answer your questions and help find solutions to the problems you face.


Summit Schedule
Tuesday, September 16

8:00 am –  9:00 am - Networking Check In with continental breakfast
9:00 am – 10:00 am - Opening Keynote
10:00am – 11:30 pm  - The Changing Face of Personnel Panel Discussion & Roundtable Talks
11:30pm – 12:45 pm - Luncheon
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm - State of the Industry in the Gulf Discussion
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm - Refreshment Break
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm - Financing the Future Discussion & Roundtable Talks
4:15 pm - Summit Concludes


Summit Pricing

Early-Bird Pricing (Before September 1, 2014): $395
Advance Pricing (September 2, 2014 – September 15, 2014): $425
Onsite Pricing: $495 



If you would like a Regional Summit to come to your area please contact the conference team at conferences@divcom.com or 207-842-5624.

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