2017 Expo | Wednesday, March 15, 2017 & Thursday, March 16, 2017

Expo Information & Schedule

Event Information

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 10am – 4pm  & Thursday, March 16, 2017, 10am – 3pm

Where: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St, Providence, RI


Directions & Accommodations

Day 1: March 15, 2017

Workforce Opportunities in the Marine Trades – Discussion


Learn from experts about education and training opportunities to start or advance a career in the recreational and commercial marine trades. Job seekers will learn about a variety of different career paths and entry points. Employers will learn about how to engage with training providers and engage with the next generation.

Organized by Holly Ashton – Director of Experiential Education & Career Services – IYRS School of Technology & Trades


Growing the Supply Chain: Understanding Offshore Wind and Opportunities


There are now 11 U.S. offshore wind commercial leases awarded by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which amount to a total potential 14.6 GW of clean energy output.  As more states look at implementing policies to support offshore wind development, a US offshore wind market is being realized along with thousands of jobs. This workshop will provide an overview status of offshore wind in the U.S.; selecting, building and operating the correct  vessel, navigational issues and aids, new safety technologies that will be used in the US market and the types of workers required.  Case studies from Block Island and U.S. DOE Funded Offshore Wind Demonstration Programs will be used.

Moderator: Liz Burdock, Executive Director, Business Network for Offshore Wind

  • Selecting the Best Operational Availability for Wind Farm Support Vessels
    Ralph Duncan, Vice President Business Development
  • Aids to Navigation: An Essential Element

              Jeremy Tygielski, International Business Development, Sabik Offshore

  • Innovative OSW Substructure Access Ladder

              Stan White, Principal, Fishermen’s Energy

  • Relevant Project History: DeepWater Wind, etc.

              David Borrus, Executive Director, Pile Drivers Local 56


Future-proofing New England’s fisheries


New England fisheries are changing. The fleet and its captains are aging; regulatory change is occurring at ever-smaller intervals; and to top it all off, the ocean ecosystem is experiencing dramatic changes in temperature, timing of migrations, and location of fish stocks. Are our fisheries built to last in an era of environmental change? Join New England fishermen from different gear types who are working to figure out answers to this question through a statewide stakeholder co-learning process. Panel members will engage the audience in discussing current threats to the resilience of their industry and potential strategies to enhance its adaptive capacity. More information about this co-learning network can be found at www.ResilientFisheriesRI.org


Day 2: March 16, 2017

Floating Solutions: Stay Alive!


IF YOU FALL OVERBOARD, how do you stay alive? Panel members will demonstrate new, innovative personal flotation device (PFDs) options and personal locating beacons (PLBs); discuss re-boarding techniques; and problem-solve survival strategies with the audience. 

Panel members will dialogue with the audience around best practices and practical solutions to staying alive, as well as discussing potential improvements for making existing technologies more user-friendly. 

Panelists: Ted Teske, Julie Sorensen, Rebecca Weil, Liane Hirabayash, Luis Catala


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