Outlook for marine, offshore industries focus of April 20 conference - Topics to include hurricane forecast, financial overview

March 01, 2006

By Dewayne Hollin

HOUSTON — Early registration closes March 31 for the 30th Annual International Marine/Offshore Industry Outlook Conference to be held April 20 at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside.

The conference, which is co-sponsored by the Texas Sea Grant College Program, will include a hurricane forecast for the 2006 season by Jill Hasling, chairman of the Weather Research Center, and a financial overview of the offshore oil and gas industry by Allen Brooks, managing director of Parks Paton Hoepfl and Brown Energy Investment Banking, LP.

“Major change caused by the hurricanes in 2005 is just one of the challenges faced by planners in this industry,” said Dewayne Hollin, conference coordinator and marine business management specialist for Texas Sea Grant. “The information we’ll be presenting is designed to be helpful not just to large corporations, but also to the owners of small offshore and marine businesses.

“This conference is designed to help industry observers, managers and leaders by providing a three-year forecast of developments, trends and critical issues facing the marine/offshore industry. It will highlight domestic and international issues that will impact business planning and organizing efforts in the coming years.”

A panel of marine/offshore industry leaders will discuss the 2006-2008 outlook for underwater services, offshore drilling, and transportation and service operations. Scheduled panelists include Carl Thorne, chairman and CEO of ENSCO International Inc.; Ronnie Murphy, president and CEO of Venture Transport Logistics LLC; Jay Collins, president and COO of Oceaneering International Inc.; and Dick Alario, chairman, president and CEO of Key Energy Services Inc.

The luncheon program will include a presentation on future development opportunities in the offshore oil and gas industry by Rich Kruger, vice president, United States, ExxonMobil Production Co. Time will be provided for a question-and-answer period after each session. Early registration for the conference at $80 per person is available until March 31. Regular registration is $100 per person.

The conference is sponsored by the National Ocean Industries Association and the Texas Sea Grant College Program.

For more information or for a registration form, contact Dewayne Hollin, conference coordinator, at 979-845-3857 or dhollin@tamu.edu. 

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.