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Tugs & Barges Conference and Expo
May 14, 2019 - May 15, 2019
Just as digitalization and automation is shaping deep-sea shipping, so, too, is it reshaping tug and barge operations. Artificial Intelligence (AI), for example, is already making its way into tugboats, in the wheelhouse, deck machinery, and engine room. Some of the first remotely operated workboats and tugs have already been tested. Safety and efficiency are always at the heart of much of these innovations.
Additionally, hybrid propulsion systems for tractor tugs—once thought novel—are being built at shipyards not just in Europe and Asia, but North America, too.
There’s also select opportunities for the construction of new Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs), some for the carriage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
And the regulatory landscape is always challenging. What’s the impact of the passage of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA)? How will it affect the industry’s decisions regarding ballast water treatment? What about Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs)? What’s happening with emissions and engine technology?
Marine Log’s Tugs & Barges 2019 Conference & Expo will explore all of these critical issues and many other hot button topics through a series of individual presentations and panel discussions. The conference is geared towards maximizing information exchange and networking opportunities.
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