For the first time, Pacific Marine Expo’s exhibitors set up shop in Seattle’s Qwest Field Event Center, just south of downtown. All 487 exhibitor booths were on ground level, making access easy for both exhibitors and attendees.
PME’s offerings included a wide variety of speakers in the conference program, including another well-attended series of seminars on charter-boat operations. Other programs included a presentation by the Environmental Protection Agency on emission controls for marine vessels, fast ferries and wake-wash issues, security issues and awareness on and off the water, coatings innovations for thermal and acoustic applications, friction stir welding of aluminum, and electric motors in the marine industry.
Rear Adm. Richard R. Houck, commander of the 13th Coast Guard District in Seattle, was one of the keynote speakers.
Houck spoke of the need for better risk management in the marine industry and said the Coast Guard is focusing more on prevention and less on response when it comes to safety and survival at sea. He also said the agency is getting close to implementing Rescue 21, the new communications system that will replace old technology.
Pacific Marine Expo will return to the Qwest Field Event Center Nov. 16-18, 2006. — B. Buls