20 - 21 March, 2018 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Brisbane, QLD

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 20 March 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Chairperson

9:10 am - 9:50 am CASE STUDY: Development of Portarlington Harbour to Facilitate Growth in Aquaculture Industry and Tourism

Christopher Hardman - Executive Director Melbourne Division Parks Victoria
Portarlington is home to the Port Phillip mussel farming industry, a popular holiday destination and a great place to live. The Victorian Government’s $15 million Harbour investment provides a long term vision for the development of a safe harbor and improvements to the foreshore reserve, it is designed to support the Bellarine Peninsula’s growing aquaculture industry and help boost tourism and the local economy.

  • Exploring the $2.75 million investment in ferry and boating infrastructure and wave protection works for Portarlington’s Safe Harbour
  • Examining the tender and procurement process of the project
  • Discussing the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders
  • Exploring the installation of 110 meters of concrete pre-cast wave screen panels on the western side of the pier and wharf to protect vessels berthed inside the Harbour from westerly winds.
  • Importance of considering climate change and rising sea levels while developing a coastal area project
  • Discussing the recent completion of 140,000-tonne northern and eastern rock

Christopher Hardman

Executive Director Melbourne Division
Parks Victoria

9:50 am - 10:20 am Thought Leadership Session

10:20 am - 11:00 am Ensuring Performance of Fenders throughout Their Service Life

Harvinder Singh - Senior Maritime Engineer CH2M
The appetite to accommodate larger container vessels in Australian Ports will see existing berthing infrastructure placed under greater pressure and with that comes the need to upgrade existing infrastructure. This follows global trends seen over the last decade with the implementation of the latest generation of Very Large Container Vessels on the main Asia-Europe trade routes leading to trickle down of large and medium vessels displaced from these routes.

Fendering is key to accommodating these larger vessels, absorbing the increasing berthing energy without pushing greater loads onto existing wharf structures is seeing ports seek out innovative fender solutions. The maritime industry has progressed a long way in design development of fenders, however it is vital for port operators to get the value they deserve, there is still room for improvement to ensure these assets are manufactured and tested with a guaranteed performance during its service life.

PIANC - Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems: 2002, is the current accepted industry
standard for the design, procurement and installation of fender systems. The presentation will review the current basis of this standard and highlight areas which port authorities should consider to provide real improvements to the service life and operation of the critical assets, including:

  • Guarantees Fender Performance within the service life;
  • Maintain a standard Quality Assurance throughout the fendering industry;
  • Ensure materials used to manufacture fenders are durable and “fit for use”;
  • Performance verification for fenders in service.

Harvinder Singh

Senior Maritime Engineer

11:00 am - 11:30 am Speed Networking

An effectively structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Morning Tea and Networking Break

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Thought Leadership Session

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: A front-line perspective on Fighting Corrosion in Marine Structures through Effective repairs and protection

Murray Gilbertson - Director G - Group Consulting (New Zealand)
John Mander - Professor Texas A&M University USA
In this interactive session, you will hear about and contribute to thought provoking questions on your critical assets of steel and concrete.

  • How do port and coastal structures live and die?
  • What are the chronic diseases such as concrete deterioration?
  • What could be the catastrophic sudden death syndromes for Australian ports?
  • What are the tensions between risks, extended life, and how might an owner indemnify against sudden death?
  • Where does fatigue fit in?
  • Can an untimely death of structures be delayed?
  • What are tunable super absorbent polymers?
  • Where steel meets concrete …. Can we do better?
  • Are there innovative financial models for limited maintenance funding?

Murray Gilbertson

G - Group Consulting (New Zealand)


John Mander

Texas A&M University USA

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Networking Lunch

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm Automation Best Practice in Container Terminal Design

Ian McRobbie - Business Leader, Transportation and Logistics Ausenco
The guidelines and best practice recommendations with regards to container terminal throughput or capacity allow financiers, designers and operators of Container Terminals to reliably predict quay size and container yard size for a given TEU throughput.

However, with the advent and adoption of automation within the Container Port Sector, these recommendations and guidelines are now looking out-dated and in need of detailed investigation and update. In addition, there are increased health and safety benefits to port personnel and reduced equipment damage that come with the adoption of automation principles.

This talk will focus on the new levels of productivity being achieved with automated container handling systems globally and whether new and existing Container Terminals can significantly improve productivity, health and safety and lower OPEX by adopting various automation technologies.

Ian McRobbie

Business Leader, Transportation and Logistics

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Case Study: Asset Management at the Port of Melbourne - Before and After Privatisation

Mick LoBianco - Head of Certification Program, Assets, Infrastructure & Spatial Data Port of Melbourne
Up until October 2016 the port of Melbourne was owned by the State of Victoria and managed by the State owned Government Business Enterprise, Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC).  The State of Victoria leased the port of Melbourne land and assets for a 50 year term on 1 November 2016.
Prior to privatisation PoMC had established a strategic asset management framework for the life cycle management of its built assets.  While the PoMC strategic framework was based on commercial principles, it has undergone further transformation and refinement under private ownership.
One of the key Port of Melbourne transformational initiatives is alignment and certification of asset management processes with international Standard ISO 55001 – Asset Management.  This is being undertaken as part of a broader Integrated Management System program that also includes alignment and certification with contemporary quality, environmental and occupational health and safety international Standards.
Mick instigated the strategic asset management framework for the former PoMC, was instrumental in the asset management transition during the privatisation process and now heads up the design and development of the PoM Integrated Management System program. 
During his presentation Mick will provide a contrasting perspective of the port of Melbourne asset management system before, during and after the privatisation process.

Mick LoBianco

Head of Certification Program, Assets, Infrastructure & Spatial Data
Port of Melbourne

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm Afternoon Tea and Networking Break

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm CASE STUDY: Moored Vessels And Floating Structures - Project Case Studies

Scott Collins - Senior Coastal & Maritime Engineer Aurecon
The motion response of moored vessels and floating structures is a key aspect in the design of any mooring. The dynamic nature of wave loads and the non-linear response of moored vessels is a complex problem. A large number of berths are built in conditions relatively exposed to waves, while other structures such as pontoons and floating decks are permanently installed and subject to a wide range of load conditions.

A number of recent Aurecon projects have investigated loads and structure response on a range of mooring types and floating structures.

This session outlines several project case studies. These include catenary mooring of barges, hydrodynamic stability of pontoons, loads on floating wharf decks berthed at fixed dolphins, and drag loading on pontoons during floods.

Scott Collins

Senior Coastal & Maritime Engineer

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Champagne Delegate Debate

Grab a glass of wine, beer or soft drink and join your industry peers to discuss and work through pressing challenges around the topic of your choice.

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5:05 pm - 6:00 pm Port Automation to Achieve Operational Efficiencies
Richard Morgan - Principal Aspec Engineering

Richard Morgan

Aspec Engineering

Table 2

5:05 pm - 6:00 pm Effective Asset Management to Minimise Replacement Cost
David Edelman - Project Engineer Queensland Sugar Ltd

David Edelman

Project Engineer
Queensland Sugar Ltd

Table 3

5:05 pm - 6:00 pm Discussing the Cost Benefit Analysis of Deploying Ariel Drones for Accessing Marine Structures

Table 4

5:05 pm - 6:00 pm Minimising the Impacts of Port Operations on the Environment
Ryan Bennett - Senior Planning and Sustainability Manager Port Authority of New South Wales

Ryan Bennett

Senior Planning and Sustainability Manager
Port Authority of New South Wales

6:00 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Drinks