Nauticus to Host Commercial Marine Expo Next June

Nauticus will host the National Commercial Marine Expo 2011 on June 22 – 23 in the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. Traditionally held in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the show will now rotate biennially between Norfolk and New Bedford. More than 200 companies are expected to take part in the trade-only exhibition, which will encompass all 80,000 square-feet of both levels of the Half Moone, 1,000 feet of deep-water docks and approximately half of the facility's small boat slips.

“Nauticus and the City of Norfolk are thrilled to bring this caliber of show to our facility and to the downtown Norfolk waterfront,” said Nauticus Executive Director Hank Lynch. “This expo will not only expose marine professionals from across the mid-Atlantic region to our unique maritime location and offerings, but also serve as a catalyst for business-to-business development and growth in the maritime community.”

This is the first time the Half Moone, refitted for last year’s National Geographic Real Pirates exhibit, will be used for a traditional trade show. The expo is unique in that it is the only in-water commercial marine show in North America. CME is expected to attract 3,000-4000 commercial marine professionals to downtown Norfolk’s working waterfront. The two-day event will feature the equipment, gear and technology vital to tug and barge operations, military, shipbuilding/repair, fire, police and harbor security, ferry, freight, pilot, port operations and commercial fishing.

“Our move to Norfolk has struck a cord with the show’s exhibitors,” said CME Show Director Ted Hugger. “The industry is excited about non-traditional locations for its trade events. And trade shows such as CME can have a profound effect on local economies.”

For more information on CME 2011, contact Ted Hugger at (207) 799-1356 or thugger@highlinerevents.com or visit www.comarexpo.com. For more information on the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, contact Stephen Kirkland at (757) 664-1080 or stephen.kirkland@norfolk.gov.