>Tougher Rules for Towboats Ahead, Conference Warns

>The annual International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans is usually a boisterous affair, with thousands of maritime executives buzzing around a sprawling show floor to check out displays of shiny new vessels and high-tech nautical gear. But some heavy concerns lurked beneath the fanfare of this year’s event, which ran [last] Wednesday through Friday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Along with questions about how to keep businesses afloat during an economic downturn, many convention-goers were also wondering how they would cope with tough new Coast Guard requirements for the towing industry, one of the biggest sectors represented at the workboat show. Full story.