NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Capt. Richard Phillips, whose ship was hijacked in 2009 by Somali pirates, will give the keynote speech as the 35th International WorkBoat Show opens at the New Orleans convention center next week.
It was the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. The story was made into the movie, “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks.
The show’s organizers say more than 14,000 people are expected to attend, with more than 1,100 exhibitors showing their products and services Wednesday, Dec. 3, through Friday, Dec. 5.
A news release from the convention center says Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor Industrial, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s maritime administrator, Paul Jaenichen Sr., will speak Dec. 4.