It’s show time!

Wednesday is opening day of the 30th International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans. The show has come a long way since its inception in November 1978 when 4,000 visitors showed up and 180 exhibitors displayed their wares in 291 booths. This year, over 12,000 visitors are expected to walk the floor of the Morial Convention Center as they check out what 950 exhibitors in 1,900 booths have to offer.

For me, it is not only a chance to catch up with friends, colleagues, peers and others, but an opportunity to check the pulse of the workboat industry. It is, so to speak, one-stop shopping — an annual ritual where I touch base with vessel builders, operators and designers and the companies that supply the vessels with products and services. The show is also where I get some of my best story ideas for the coming year and a place that brings together people from all walks of the workboat world, from mariners to shipyard foremen to CEOs and CFOs.

So, if you haven’t done so already, you can still register for a free WorkBoat Show exhibit hall pass. Just go to I hope to see you there.

About the author

David Krapf

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.

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