Every year in New Orleans, Louisiana, professionals in the marine commercial industry gather to attend the International WorkBoat Show, a trade-only conference and expo from the same team as WorkBoat Magazine and This provides commercial vessel owners, operators, builders, vendors and suppliers with the opportunity to display their products and make new business connections.

International WorkBoat Show

What to expect at the show

The Mississippi River is one of the busiest routes in the United States for commercial vessels. Receiving a large volume of barges, ferries, tugboats and more, these vessels frequent the waterways.

Marine professionals can access the best resources that the commercial industry has to offer at WorkBoat. The Morial Convention Center transforms its exhibition hall into one of the world’s largest venues for the marine commercial industry with a diverse array of shipyards, boat builders, military buyers, architects and more. The WorkBoat show offers many resources in the marine industry for professionals alike who seek to build, repower or simply connect.

Included in the show is the option to attend the WorkBoat Annual Conference. This covers exciting topics relevant to many professionals in marine commercial business. The half-day programs are led by marine industry experts who encourage critical thinking and discussions for topics

Volvo Penta Booth – #2101

On display in our booth will be the new D8, debuted in North America for the first time. This marine diesel engine is designed for heavy duty propulsion and genset applications. It complies with IMO III standards, as well as international emissions standards – US EPA Tier 3, China 1 & 2, and NRMM IWW Stage V. It is truly a global solution.

Other products on display include D16, IMO III technology and IPS30. These power solutions are seen in marine commercial applications all around the world. Marine industry professionals can expect engines with advanced, emission-friendly technology to get the job done.

Integrated Marine Propulsion System

Volvo Penta offers a total solution for marine commercial professionals from prop to helm. When pairing Volvo Penta engines with our Glass Cockpit System, vessel owners can operate with more ease and accessibility. This fully integrates with Electronic Vessel Control so the engines, electronics and unique optional functions are all into one platform. The experience can be enhanced further thanks to additional features like Joystick Docking, Dynamic Positioning System and Glass Cockpit. These solutions are beneficial for workboats of all kinds.

Come by Volvo Penta’s booth or visit our website to learn more.

What we’re most excited about

Every year at the show, Workboat Magazine gives one vessel the Workboat of the Year award. The Bob and Betty Beyster was recognized as one of WorkBoat's 10 Significant Boats of 2019, and is in the running to receive the prestigious award. This Volvo Penta powered research vessel enables scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California to conduct local research, technology development and ocean-based education. The Bob and Betty Beyster was built by Armstrong Marine and is supported by Pacific Power Group.

Another exciting debut to expect at this year’s WorkBoat Show is another Proven Success story. Located in the frigid waters of Nova Scotia, a commercial fishing vessel selected the Volvo Penta D11 for its strength, reliability and ease of control. You can watch it in our booth or on our social media channels.

What to do in New Orleans

Aside from the variety of marine commercial vessels that frequent the Mississippi River in New Orleans, this city is well known for its eclectic music choices and spiced Cajun cooking. Centuries of history are deeply rooted the city’s lively and eccentric atmosphere, influenced by French and Southern flair.


The French Quarter

This is one of the most historic neighborhoods in New Orleans, connecting to the iconic Bourbon Street. The French Quarter centers around tasty eats, lively bars and ostentatious music. This is a particular hot spot during Mardi Gras once a year where thousands of people flood the streets in a sea of beads and feathers to celebrate before Ash Wednesday.

From enjoying street art to night life, both locals and tourists alike can find entertainment.

Café du Monde

Beignets, chicory coffee and street side music are what to expect when visiting the popular Café du Monde. Originally opened in 1862, this popular street side café is available to visit 24/7 in an open atmosphere structure where you can eat your fill of powdered sugar pastries. It is a bayou classic located close to the Mississippi River on the busy Decatur Street, giving you the option to sit and enjoy your fried pastry or enjoy it on the go.  

Jackson Square

Another key historical site to visit is Jackson Square, named after the U.S. President Andrew Jackson. It is surrounded by modern day retail shops, restaurants and apartments – constantly being serenaded by by modern street performers.

This famous landmark also contains the classic St. Louis Cathedral with a history that dates back to the 18th century. Complete with Gothic architecture and an iconic large bell from Paris.

New Orleans Museum of Art

Culture in all of its forms can be experienced around in this city, but the New Orleans Museum of Art, or NOMA, offers a level up from street art. It is revered for the French and American art, particularly with the extensive collection of paintings from impressionist artists during late 19th century to 20th century.

The beautiful Besthoff Sculpture Garden is another must see when visiting the NOMA with vast amounts of romantic landscapes and 90 sculpted pieces.

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