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Commercial Marine Expo

Commercial Marine Expo, a regional business-to-business trade show serving commercial marine and fishing markets on the Atlantic seaboard, will return to the State Pier in New Bedford, Massachusetts, from June 13 to 14. Commercial Marine Expo rotates biennially between New Bedford and Norfolk, Virginia.

Primary themes will include tug and barge operations; fire, police and harbor security; marine construction and salvage; research; and ferry, freight, pilot and port operations. Commercial fishing and fish processing will also have a major role in the show, said Ted Hugger, show director.

Returning to New Bedford after its sold-out debut in 2010, the in-water show will encompass more than 50,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space; 20,000 square feet of outside display space on the pier apron; 1,000 linear feet of deepwater pier frontage for large boats and ships; and floating docks for smaller craft.

The event will feature the equipment, gear and technology vital to coastal and blue-water commercial vessel operators and industry personnel.

'New Bedford's state pier location will allow our exhibitors to demonstrate products and processes inside or outside, and to display and operate ships and boats from the piers and docks,' Hugger said.

More than 200 companies are expected to take part in the trade-only exhibition, drawing more than 2,500 commercial marine and commercial fishing professionals to the heart of New Bedford's waterfront.

In 2010, the show attracted professionals from 30 states, six Canadian provinces and 10 countries.

Hugger said the industry is excited about nontraditional locations for its trade events. They want a connection to the waterfront, a less formal setting than a traditional convention center and the ability to display boats in-water.

'Early response has been encouraging—we're now 65-percent sold, and on track to sell-out, as we did in 2010 and again in 2011 in Norfolk,' he said.

The Northeast region represents a robust presence in every segment, including major U.S. port authorities and engineers, shipbuilding and repair, and marine engineers and architects. Additionally, there are the owners and operators of, and service providers to tug and push boats; commercial fishing boats; passenger and vehicle ferries; patrol, police and fire boats; excursion vessels; military and Coast Guard vessels; homeland security vessels; diving and salvage vessels; research and education vessels; shipbuilding; and ship repair.

Admission to the expo is free to qualified industry professionals who preregister before June 1. For additional information or to register, visit www.comarexpo.com or call 207-799-1356.

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