skip to Main Content

Annual Seminar

The Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association’s 118th Annual Seminar is July 26-28 at the Westin Canal Place, New Orleans.  

We are continuing to shape our program and agenda. Our speaker list and presentations this year will again be highlighted by senior leaders in industry, politics and our Federal partners. We’ll have relevant, timely, and interesting topics addressing the inland waterways.

CLICK HERE for a Copy of the Latest Agenda

Keynote Speaker – The Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA) is pleased to announce Rear Admiral Wayne R. Arguin Jr., Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy (CG-5P) U.S. Coast Guard will be the keynote speaker during the 118th Annual GICA Seminar.

Rear Admiral Arguin will provide his remarks during lunch on Thursday, July 27th. As Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy (CG-5P) he oversees all commercial vessel inspections, marine casualty investigations, merchant mariner credentialing, waterways management, Vessel Traffic Service operations, Bridge Administration and suspension and revocation proceedings throughout the entire U.S. Coast Guard.

Rear Admiral Arguin’s keynote address will be a great opportunity for GICA membership to learn more about current U.S. Coast Guard operations and the agency’s future plans for our nation’s waterways, commercial vessel operations and mariners and provide senior U.S. Coast Guard leadership the opportunity to hear first-hand, directly from GICA membership, our issues and concerns for maritime operations throughout the GIWW.

CLICK HERE for RADM Arguin’s complete biography.


Rooms have been reserved at the Westin Canal Place at the Special GICA rate of $153 single/double per night.

CLICK HERE to reserve your room at the GICA Group Room Rate using the hotels website or call 855-516-1090 or 504-566-7006

NOTE the GICA Special Room Rate closes on Wednesday, July 5th. Reserve now as available rooms are going fast!!


There are four different registrations for the 118th Annual GICA Seminar:

Seminar Attendee Registration

Golf Registration

Sponsorship Registration

Exhibitor Registration

Electronic Registration is the PREFERRED method and is available for all four registrations at the following EventBrite website:

However, if you would like to register and pay with a CHECK or CREDIT CARD by MAIL, please download, print and complete the Combined Registration Form and mail to:

GICA Seminar

P.O. Box 2698

Covington, LA 70434

with your check or credit card information enclosed. Please make all checks payable to “Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association”.


There are three (3) seminar attendance registration options:

Regular $420;

Government Employee $210; and

Maritime Student $60.


Our golf outing is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday July 26th at Lakewood Golf Club, 801 General DeGaulle Dr., New Orleans. Tee Time is 0830 and we recommend you arrive at 0800. There will be sponsored holes with plenty of food and drink on the course.

There is a nominal fee of $120 for golfers, and we are accepting Hole Sponsorships again this year!

Put together your foursome, sponsor a hole, or just come out to enjoy a round of great golf and great comradery.


Please consider continuing your support of GICA through a Seminar Sponsorship. The financial support we gain from our generous sponsors is essential to maintaining the posture and credibility of our organization. This will be especially true as we look to improve the excellent industry support provided by GICA to date.

There are four levels of sponsorship:

Platinum – $2,500 and up;  Gold – $1000 and up;  Silver – $750 and up;  Bronze – up to $750

All seminar sponsors are recognized throughout the event for their commitment to GICA. Please respond with your level of support prior to July 15th to ensure you company is included on all published materials prepared in advance of the seminar.


Exhibitors are an integral part of our Seminar. Exhibitors can expect to reach an outstanding audience of waterway, maritime and industry experts during the event. Don’t miss the opportunity to highlight your company before our large and diverse list of seminar attendees!

Displays should be set up prior to 3:00 pm Wednesday, July 26th and may remain until the close of the Seminar on Friday July 28th at 12:00 p.m.

Exhibitors receive one (1) complimentary seminar registration as part of the $700 Exhibitor fee. If you plan on additional personnel attending and participating in the seminar (i.e. attending the GICA sponsored social events after hours, lunch on July 27th, etc.), a separate seminar registration will be required. Additional persons attending to merely man a booth who will not participate in the above activities will NOT be required to complete a separate seminar registration. Exhibitor registrations must be received by July 18, 2023, to guarantee space availability.

The hotel will provide each Exhibitor a 6-foot table, wastepaper basket and two chairs. Please contact Paul Dittman at if you have any additional needs. Please note, Exhibitors are responsible for any additional charges assessed by hotel.

See you soon!

Paul Dittman

President, GICA


Back To Top