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

Expo Information & Schedule

Event Information

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 10am – 4pm  & Thursday, October 18, 2018, 10am – 3pm

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


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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

Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor remarks on plans to continue to assist Marine Businesses


Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor is pleased to welcome attendees of the Commercial Marine Expo to the Ocean State. In just two years, the Raimondo administration has overseen a number of transformative initiatives to improve Rhode Island’s economy. This includes several projects enhancing the state’s position as a premier destination for marine enterprise. In brief remarks, Secretary Pryor will outline what the state has done and what it plans to do for this all-important industry sector. Attend to learn more about how Rhode Island can assist your marine-based business.


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
    Luther Blount, Blount Boats
  • Aids to Navigation: An Essential Element

              Phillip White, Pharos Marine Automatic Power

  • Relevant Project History: DeepWater Wind, etc.

             David Roncinske, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters


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



The New FST Unit (Fire Suppression Tool) is a must aboard Fishing Vessels.


A Fire on a fishing vessel is alarming and perilous, we are taught to buddy-up with fellow crewman, grab your fire extinguishers and attack the fire.  Instead of having the crew attack the fire, let your FST Unit fight the fire, “Pull the pin and throw it in.”  The aerosol powder, composed of potassium compounds will saturate the space and eliminate the fire and lower temperatures by 800’ in one minute or less.  Effective on Class A, B, C, & K fires.  Does not remove Oxygen from the space, making it harmless to Humans.  15 year shelf life and 5 year battery life.  Presenters:  Fred Mattera / American Fire Suppression, Inc. and Joe Kuesis / Flame Guard USA

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