Tugs, Towboats & Barges 2024

Tugs Towboats Barges Conference
March 6, 2024 - March 7, 2024 | Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza | Mobile, AL
Meeting New Market Trends & Needs

Event Info

Marine Log‘s TTB conference returns to Mobile, AL, March 6 & 7, 2024.

The U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry may already be the safest, most environmentally friendly, and most economical mode of freight transportation, but it is faced with the challenge of making a transition to a low-carbon future. Meantime, while some traditional cargoes—such as coal—decline, new ones are emerging, and industry consolidation continues.

What green technology offers the best options for tugs, towboats, and barges? What financing and funding is available? How does the industry deal with workforce issues? What trends can the TTB segment expect in the future and how should you prepare?

TTB 2024 will bring together tug and towboat owners, operators, builders, designers, and more together in one place to discuss how to make the green transition a successful one for all stakeholders.

Top Reasons to Attend:

  • Be a part of the only event exclusively for the U.S. tug, towboat and barge industry.
  • Learn how others are staying ahead of ever tougher emissions regulations.
  • Discover new tug, towboat and barge technologies to keep your company competitive.
  • Network in-person with industry experts and influencers.
  • Learn how to meet customer expectations on lower carbon operations from their suppliers.

Register now for Marine Log‘s TTB 2024—get ready for two days of crucial information and invaluable networking!

TTB 2023 >>

Rick Iuliucci

VP Operations, The Vane Bros. Co.

Taylor Dickerson

VP Project Mgmt. Office & ESG Leader, Kirby Corp

Anastasija Kuprijanova

Dir., Maritime Business Dev., Amogy Inc.

Guillermo Calderon

Business Dev. Mgr. for North America, ABS

Christopher Mack Jr.

Chief Operating Officer, Foss Maritime Company

Lydia Benger

Lead Mechanical Engineer, Elliott Bay Design Group

Capt. Jeff Slesinger

Founder, Delphi Maritime

Jason Aristides

CEO, OpenTug

Kelly Hooper

Mgr., Naval Architecture, Crowley

Charlie Jors

Dir. Engineering & Sr. Naval Architect, Crowley

Peter Soles

Marine Operations & Business Dev., Glosten

Beau Berthelot

VP Business Dev. & Dir. Gov't Affairs, Maritime Partners, LLC

Mark Bonar

Engineer, Robert Allen Ltd.

Christopher K. Ulfers

Partner, Jones Walker LLP

Myra Shannon-Fuller

Regional Mktg and Comms Mgr, Kongsberg Maritime Americas

Jayne Russell

Dir., Business Dev., Interior Design, Crowley

Matt Heffernan

Commercial Marine Business Mgr., NA, Sherwin Williams

Cole Van Gundy

VP Construction & Engineering, Crowley

Ricardo Cogliatti

Sr. Sales Mgr., Kongsberg Maritime

Jack Grogan

Sr. Account Manager, VPS

Mike Complita

PMP, Elliott Bay Design Group

Sponsorship Opportunities
TTB 2024 sponsorship packages offer tabletop exhibits, branded sessions, lead generation, custom email deployments, event tours and more. For more information, contact David Harkey: 212.620.7223 (office) / 973.563.0109 (cell) / dharkey@sbpub.com.

Hotel Reservations – Limited Availability
TTB 2024 attendees can reserve at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street Mobile, Alabama 36602 USA
Make a reservation >>

Contact Us
Questions? Reach out to us at conferences@sbpub.com.

Supporting Organizations

association sponsor
bronze + lanyard
non-profit partner

Program subject to change.

Moderators: Gary Lynch, Publisher, Marine Log; Heather Ervin, Editor-in-Chief, Marine Log

March 5, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM  Exhibitor Set-up in Bon Secour, 2nd floor

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM  Attendee Registration & Badge Pick-up outside Bon Secour, 2nd floor

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM  Welcome Reception at Fathoms Streetside, lobby level
Pick up your badge from the registration desk on the 2nd floor, then join us at Fathoms Streetside for a drink. Catch up with colleagues and meet new contacts.

March 6, 2024

All conference sessions and exhibits are in the 2nd floor Bon Secour ballroom area.

7:00 AM  Exhibitor Set-up

8:00 AM  Attendee Registration & Badge Pick-up, Sponsored by Bay Ship & Yacht Co.
Continental Breakfast in the Expo Area

9:00 AM  Keynote Address
Rick Iuliucci, Chairman of the Board, Chairman of Sustainability Task Force, AWO; Vice President of Operations, The Vane Bros. Company

9:20 AM  Addressing Workforce Challenges for the TTB Market
Capt. Jeff Slesinger, Founder, Delphi Maritime

9:50 AM Insights into the Evolving Alternative Fuels Bunkering Market
Guillermo Calderon, Business Development Manager for North America, ABS

10:20 AM  Coffee Break in the Expo Area

10:50 AM  The H2Public Private Partnerships Hydrogen Fueling Barge
Mike Complita, Principal, Elliott Bay Design Group

11:20 AM  Sponsor Spotlight with Sherwin-Williams
Matthew T. Heffernan, Commercial Marine Business Manager, North America, Marine Division, Sherwin-Williams

11:35 AM  eWolf Tug Update
Cole Van Gundy, Vice President of Engineering, Crowley

12:05 PM  Luncheon sponsored by Bergan Marine Systems

2:00 PM  How to Fund a Low-carbon Future
Christopher K. Ulfers, Partner, Maritime Practice Group, Jones Walker LLP

2:30 PM  Navigating Barge Rates
Jason Aristides, CEO, OpenTug

3:00 PM  Energy Break in the Expo Area

3:30 PM  Panel: Tug Technology Updates
Moderator: Peter Soles, Marine Operations & Business Development, Glosten
Lydia Benger, Lead Mechanical Engineer – Hydrogen One, Elliott Bay Design Group
Kelly Hooper, Manager, Naval Architecture, Crowley
Christopher Mack Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Foss Maritime Company
Beau Berthelot, Vice President of Business Development & Director of Government Affairs, Maritime Partners, LLC

4:30 PM  Premiere of Marine Log’s Top Women in Maritime Video, Featuring 2023 Honorees

4:45 PM  Cocktail Reception in the Foyer

5:45 PM  Day Ends

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM  The Icebox Bar Happy Hour 
Complimentary drinks for TTB 2024 attendees at The Icebox Bar
Sponsored by Bollinger Shipyards, DockTech, MIS Offshore, Phoenix Lighting, Elliott Bay Design Group, Schottel, Intercon, CMP, Fairbanks Morse Defense, Donovan Marine, Cummins, Brackley Electric, Sewart, Jotun, Rasmussen Equipment Co., Duramax Marine, Marine Interior Systems, ES&H, Coastal Marine Equipment, STI Marine Firestop, Karl Senner, Orion, Shell, Dawn Services LLC.

March 7, 2024

8:00 AM  Continental Breakfast in the Expo Area 

9:00 AM  The M/V Green Diamond: America’s First Hybrid-Electric Towboat
Taylor Dickerson, Vice President, Project Management Office & ESG Leader, Kirby

9:30 AM  Sponsor Spotlight with Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS)
Marine Gas Oil Quality in the Americas presented by Jack Grogan, Senior Account Manager

9:45 AM  Improving Crew Accommodations to Support Crew Performance and Retention
Jayne Russell, Director, Business Development, Interior Design, Crowley
Charlie Jors, Director of Engineering and Senior Naval Architect, Crowley Engineering Services

10:15 AM  Coffee Break in the Expo Area

10:45 AM  The First Battery Electric Tugs in the Americas: ElectRA Designs
Mark Bonar, Engineer, Robert Allen Ltd.

11:15 AM  Panel: How Realistic Are Zero-Emission Targets for Tugs & Towboats?
Moderator: Myra Shannon-Fuller, Regional Marketing and Communications Manager, Kongsberg Maritime Americas
Garrett Rice, President, Master Boat Builders Inc.
Cole Van Gundy, Vice President of Engineering, Crowley
Ricardo Cogliatti, Senior Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime

12:00 PM  Conference Adjourns


Marine Log’s Tugs, Towboats & Barges is the only event where such pivotal markets converge—bringing together tug and towboat owners, operators, builders, designers, and stakeholders. Sponsorships allow your company to position itself as an industry leader, shape the dialogue in the industry, and leverage networking opportunities.