World Maritime Tech Exhibition Set for San Francisco
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has taken its annual meeting to a worldwide venue by not only partnering with The Maritime Group, publishers of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, but by staging a truly international conference and exposition. From October 17- 20, 2003, industry leaders from around the world will gather at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif, for the 2003 World Maritime Technology Conference and Exposition. WMTC will provide a wide variety of courses and technical papers that will be presented by industry experts. A selection of some of the conference presentations includes sessions on Ship Operations, Design and Technology, and Ship Production. Two courses will also be offered towards Continuing Education Units. On Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17, attendees and exhibitors who arrive early in San Francisco will have the opportunity to participate in early registration, which will be held at the Westin St. Francis (SNAME's official headquarters hotel) in the Olympic Room, which is located on the second floor of the hotel. Early registration will be held both on Thursday from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Later that evening, join your fellow SNAME members and delegates at an Early Arrivals Reception in the Tower Salon of the Westin St. Francis. With the official opening day of the Expo occurring on Saturday, October 18 the main social event of the show — the International Banquet — will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin St. Francis on the evening of Sunday, October 19. The event, which is sponsored by General Dynamics Electric Boat will begin with a Pre-Banquet Reception at the hotel at 6 p.m., followed by dinner from 7:30 - 10 p.m. Surely, after meeting with colleagues and potential and current clients, as well as attending the conferences and paper presentations, you will want to take a literal breath of fresh air. Head over to the newly-reopened San Francisco Ferry Building, located at the Foot of Market St., which has been transformed into a gourmet marketplace and shopping area comprised of 47 shops (featuring many of the Bay Area's food producers) as well as myriad of restaurants and cafes. For information on this new building, log on to www.sfport.com. If the spontaneous route is not your style, and you are the type who considers Zagat's to be your bible when choosing culinary fare, you can log on to the San Francisco Convention & Visitor's Bureau — www.sfvisitor.org — and research the city's restaurant offerings.