Propspeed Went Down to Georgia
James Maitland reports on another successful convention for the Passenger Vessel Association at MariTrends 2018 in Savannah. A full calendar of events included panel discussions, a silent auction and dinner aboard a 19-century-style riverboat.
It was another great event for the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA), whose annual convention at MariTrends 2018 recently wrapped in Savannah, Georgia. The exhibit hall at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center was buzzing with 100 vendors on display representing the best in products and services for the membership. West Coast technical sales director Keith Mayes and national sales director for the Americas, James Maitland, represented Oceanmax, speaking with Propspeed’s existing commercial customers and introducing new ones to our industry-leading foul-release coating for propellers.
“It’s always a pleasure supporting the PVA, an excellent collection of industry professionals,” says James, who is also on the Associate Council Board. For more than 40 years, the PVA has been at the forefront of issues relevant to the owners and operators of passenger vessels, manufacturers of maritime-related products and services, and other service companies. The organization’s focus is promoting business and regulatory environments that allow passenger vessel operators to thrive.
On Wednesday evening, James and the Board attended the annual leadership dinner on the Georgia Queen, a majestic 600-passenger riverboat decked in traditional red, white and blue. A silent auction in support of the Passenger Vessel Foundation, established to further education and the development of safety resources in the industry, was held during the convention, which ran January 28 to 31. Oceanmax donated a Scosche BoomBottle and wireless waterproof Bluetooth speaker valued at $150.
In terms of education, the PVA really stepped up its game this year. Forward-leaning topics on the program included promoting gender equity in the workplace, handling customers’ data integrity, a ticketing and reservation software roundtable, and the pressing question, millennials: are they up to the challenge?
Concluding the event was the annual president’s dinner and awards ceremony, once again aboard the Georgia Queen. James and team are already looking forward to next year’s convention, slated for January 17–20, 2019, in New Orleans.
Thank you for the hospitality, Savannah!