WorkBoat Names its 10 Significant Boats of 2016

   WorkBoat Names its 10 Significant Boats of 2016

 NEW ORLEANS, LA, October 25, 2016 /Manufacturing PR News/ -- The 10 Significant Boats of 2016 have been announced by the editors of WorkBoat magazine. The owners, builders and designers of the vessels will receive special recognition during an awards breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the International WorkBoat Show. At the end of the breakfast program, the 2016 Boat of the Year will be chosen from the 10 winners.

"The editorial staff reviews scores of boats that appeared in the magazine during the previous 12 months," said David Krapf, editor in chief of WorkBoat magazine. "Of these, the editors choose 10 that deserve special recognition and one of the 10 will be chosen as the 2016 Boat of the Year."

Krapf said that some of the boats are chosen for design or technological advances, while others are selected for speed, style, and uniqueness.

The WorkBoat Significant Boats of 2016 Breakfast & Awards Ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Significant Boats Gallery, Lobby A, Morial Convention Center. The breakfast and awards ceremony is a private, invitation-only event. The Significant Boats Gallery will be featured during the show in Lobby A and is open to all guests.

The 10 Significant Boats of the Year (listed alphabetically):

Atlantic Pioneer (Wind Farm Vessel)
Owner: Atlantic Wind Transfers
Builder: Blount Boats
Designer: South Boats IOW

Coastal Interceptor Vessel (Patrol Boat)
Owner: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Builder: Safe Boats International
Designer: Safe Boats International

Dan Reeves (Towboat)
Owner: Army Corps of Engineers
Builder: Horizon Shipbuilding
Designer: Army Corps of Engineers

Donna J. Bouchard/B. No. 272 and Kim M. Bouchard/B No. 270 (ATB)
Owner: Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.
Builder: VT Halter Marine
Designer: Guarino & Cox

Elizabeth Anne (Tugs)
Owner: Vane Brothers Co.
Builder: St. Johns Ship Building
Designer: Entech Designs LLC

Fireboat 3 (Fireboat)
Owner: San Francisco Fire Department
Builder: Vigor Industrial
Designer: Jensen Maritime

La Espada (Passenger Vessel)
Owner: Harbor Breeze Cruises
Builder: All American Marine
Designer: Teknicraft Design

Manatee (Pilot Boat)

Owner: Tampa Bay Pilots Association
Builder: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding
Designer: C. Raymond Hunt Associates

Protector (Fireboat)
Owner: Port of Long Beach
Builder: Foss Seattle Shipyard
Designer: Robert Allan Ltd.

Seacor Olmeca (Offshore Service Vessel)
Owner: Seacor Offshore LLC
Builder: Master Boat Builders
Designer: Master Boat Builders

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About the International WorkBoat Show
"The WorkBoat Show is the premier event for the commercial marine industry. It successfully brings together thousands of people seeking to purchase the latest products, technologies and services from more than 1,000 businesses that exhibit at the show," said Denielle Christensen, event director. "It's the top marketplace for businesses that service the coastal, inland and offshore waters."

Christensen expects the 2016 WorkBoat Show and Annual Conference to be another record setting event. The 2015 show attracted over 1,100 exhibitors and nearly 15,000 visitors from 45 states and 27 countries. Trade Show Executive magazine ranked the WorkBoat Show as one of the "50 Fastest Growing Shows of 2014."

The International WorkBoat Show and Annual Conference will take place in Halls B through F in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Registration will be located in the lobby outside of Hall D. The conference and keynotes will take place in the Great Hall, located in Hall A.

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About WorkBoat
Workboat is part of the Diversified Business Communications portfolio of commercial marine events, publications and e-media products. The WorkBoat brand has been connecting qualified buyers with leading suppliers for more than 70 years. In print through WorkBoat magazine, online at, face-to-face at the International WorkBoat Show and through education with the Professional Series, WorkBoat delivers high-quality information to all segments of the marine industry in North America. For more information, visit

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