Tugs & Barges 2018


MAY 14 & 15, 2019
   Le Méridien Philadelphia   


Trends, Technology & Innovation



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.


Built into the two-day agenda is ample time to allow delegates and presenters to network and exchange information with executives and decision-makers about critical challenges and contentious issues affecting the industry.

An important component of the event is the associated expo, which provides an opportunity for equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors to display their products and services at tabletop exhibits. Delegates will be able to learn about the latest technologies and services, while exhibitors will have the benefit of a high-profile display at this boutique event.

Attendees of Marine Log Tugs & Barges receive a discounted hotel rate of $279/night (+ taxes/fees). Our room block ends April 22nd at 5pm (ET).

Le Méridien Philadelphia

1421 Arch St

Philadelphia, PA, 19102

United States

Phone:  215.422.8200
Make your hotel reservations online



Program / Presentation Submissions
John R. Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

Sponsorships & Exhibits
Michelle M. Zolkos, Conference Director

General Inquiries
Stephanie Rodriguez, Conference Coordinator

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