b'FOGHORNFOCUS:CONVENTION REVIEWTop Left: Earnesto Coleman presents on OSHA; Top Right:CAPT Matt Edwards discusses the Coast Guard marine inspection program; Bottom Right: Bob Lawler greets U.S. House Representative Charlie Crist; Former Florida Governor Crist speaks about safety and environmental concerns. PVA Committees Get to Work user wanted to attend. It didnt take long for convention Prior to the conventions first educational session,attendees to get the hang of the new system and many ap-PVA attendees who toil tirelessly for the association aspreciated having fewer things to carry around with them committee members arrived early in order to participatethroughout the convention. In addition, if last minute in the important work of the PVA Legislative Committee,changes had to be made, the online program guide was the PVA Membership Committee, PVA Safety and Securityeasily updated. Committee, and the PVA Regulatory Committee. Dozens of PVA Vessel and Associate members gathered on FebruaryEducational Sessions2 to identify issues facing vessel operators. Details aboutEducational sessions started bright and early at 9:00 AM PVA committees work and issues to be tackled this year areMonday, February 3 and continued all the way through the found in this issue on pages 34, 36, and 39.afternoon of Thursday, February 6. The breadth of sessions was impressive. Attendees were often able to choose New Tool Unveiled between four concurrent sessions to sit in on to discover As the rest of the conventions attendees began streamingnew information on fire safety, leadership skills, U.S. Coast in, an innovative tool was revealed: a cloud-based conven- Guard advisories, additional revenue streams, vessel and tion program guide accessed via mobile devices. Gone areshoreside security, environmental concerns, legal issues, the days of cumbersome printed schedules. With the newcustomer service, safety, propulsion, marketing, occupa-online program guide, attendees were able to search fortional safety and health, human resources, vessel mainte-sessions and events on their cell phones with ease. Thisnance and more. In all, nearly 100 informative sessions and resource also provided a floor plan of the MariTrendseventswere presented on information pertinent to vessel 2020 exhibit hall, a list of registered attendees, meetingoperators today. And, it wasnt unusual for packed rooms room numbers for each educational session, a lea retrievalto go overtime as attendees asked numerous questions to function for exhibitors and the ability to create individual- learn even more about how they can improve their own ized program itineraries for the sessions and events eachoperations.8MARCH 2020FOGHORN'