20-22 March, 2017 | Royal on the Park, Brisbane, Australia

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Business Case

Take a look at the business case for why you should attend the 9th Annual Coast and Marine Structures 2017 conference.


5 Biggest Issues Affecting Sea Ports & Their Solutions

Australia is importing and exporting nearly $5 billion worth of goods through its sea ports annually and has recently seen a huge increase in cruise ships and high capacity fleets - meaning our ports are struggling. Ahead of Coast & Marine Structures 2017 we look at the 5 biggest issues impacting sea ports and their solutions.

MainStream Media

Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float

The sun was beating down on the leafy campus of the University of Maine one afternoon last month. But inside a hangarlike laboratory, a miniature hurricane was raging.

Storm-force gales swept over a deep pool of water, churning waves that, at full scale on the ocean, would have been twice the size of those recorded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Happily for the researchers, the equipment they were testing, a novel type of floating platform meant to support a wind turbine in open water, remained upright through the maelstrom.

Whanganui port development vision shared

Myles Fothergill may have been in hospital recovering from a motorcycle accident at the weekend but he was a key player at a business forum held in Whanganui on Monday.

The business owner is reported to be making a good recovery while his business, Q-West Boat Builders was discussed as a lynch pin in the Whanganui Port Revitalisation Plan

Case Studies

How Technology is Transforming Strategic Port Planning

In this case study from Coast and Marine Structures 2016, Alice Zsembery, Senior Maritime & Port Planner at Mott MacDonald discusses how simulation technology is paving the way for effective system design and operational planning can be used as a way to improve end-to-end terminal performance over the long term.

Port of Broome’s Main Wharf Refurbishment

In this case study from Coast and Marine Structures 2016, Scott Baker, Port Engineer at Kimberley Ports Authority shares exclusive insight into an innovative method that will save significant costs, and ensure the port remains operational during execution.

Extending Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal Wharf

In this case study from Coast and Marine Structures 2016, Tony Navaratne, Senior Program Manager at Port Authority of New South Wales discusses the recent major refurbishment of Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal to accommodate large, modern cruise vessels that carry in excess of 5000 passengers. The project included the extension of the existing 220-metre wharf by 60 metres, construction of a mooring dolphin in adjacent Campbell’s Cove, fitting the existing berth with new fenders to handle the larger vessels, and a cathodic protection system to protect the concrete structure.

Indonesia Port Corporation: A Look at their $5 billion Tanjung Priok Port Redevelopment

Ahead of Coasts and Marine Structures 2017, we chat with David Wignall, Senior Vice President at the Indonesia Port Corporation. David discusses IPC’s multi-billion dollar port development project – the largest in Indonesia’s history, and looks at how IPC is working to future-proof their investment.

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Ahead of Coasts and Marine Structures 2017, we chat with David Edelman, Project Engineer at Queensland Sugar Ltd (QSL). David discusses QSL’s wharf at Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal and the innovative and inexpensive corrosion control methods that they’re employing to extend the life of port assets.

Retrofitting Aging Infrastructure to Increase Wharf Capacity

Ahead of Coasts and Marine Structures 2017, we chat with, Lieutenant Commander Robert Short, Naval Harbour Master at The Royal Australian Navy’s Port Jackson Fleet Base East. Robert discusses the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) plans to retrofit their existing wharf structures in order to increase capacity and accommodate larger vessels.

National Media

Americans buy port in Queensland's far north with $450m redevelopment planned

The Passage Holdings, an Australian company backed by American businessmen, has settled the purchase of Port Hinchinbrook and accompanying resort in far north Queensland from receivers of the distressed asset.

Businessmen Lewis Cohen, Stephan Pinto and Joe Korman want to begin a $450 million redevelopment of the port – the dream of visionary property developer the late Keith Williams.

Fast Track Your Attendance

Fast Track Your Attendance

Want to fast track your registration to Coasts and Marine Structures 2017? It's easy - just download, fill out this form and send it to registration@iqpc.com.au

Fast Track Your Attendence

Want to fast track your registration to the Coasts and Marine Structures event? It's easy - just download, fill out this form and send it to registration@iqpc.com.au


Robotic Automation of Marine Structure Maintenance

Especially in the sea, the relentless forces of entropy are ever at work, corroding, pitting, and wearing away. Shipping ports face the challenge of keeping natural processes in check and maintaining key infrastructure so that the flow of goods can be conducted reliably and profitably.

Today, ports develop maintenance plans based on estimates derived from manual inspections that yield a fraction of the total available data of the inspected structures. As a consequence, such estimates are at best educated guesses intended to develop maintenance plans for billions of dollars of assets and infrastructure. Engineers, cautious by nature, err toward asset replacement based on incomplete structural assessments generated through spotty, error-prone human testing processes. Port managers, under pressure from government compliance bodies, accept the expense of replacement rather than risk failing a safety audit.

Artemis IRS offers a novel, integrated, and proven solution that provides engineers with objective, full-coverage analysis of structural assets free from any subjective human bias. The solution integrates the latest in real-world data acquisition within a robotic platform.


MHWirth Project References

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Exploring the Challenges associated with Enhancing the Durability and Performance of Concrete Structures

In this presentation from Coast and Marine Structures 2016 Professor John Mander, Design and Construction Integration – Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University explores:

  • Causes of faster than anticipated deterioration rates for concrete structures
  • Heat of hydration issues with relation to delayed ettringite formation (DEF)
  • Leading holistic research on alkali–silica reaction (ASR) and delayed ettringite formation (DEF) and its impact on structural deterioration and further risk implications
  • The need for enhanced life cycle asset maintenance strategy

Development of Asset Management Plans at the Port of Hastings

In this presentation from Coast and Marine Structures 2016 Matthew Primmer, Principal Engineer at Port of Hastings Development Authority explores:

  • Preparation of asset resister
  • Condition assessment of structural and nonstructural assets
  • Development of risk based approaches to assess failure consequences, structural criticality and prioritisation of maintenance works
  • Defining strategic objectives and the asset management strategy

Refurbishing Broome Wharf for Continued Used at Full Capacity

In this presentation from Coast and Marine Structures 2016 Scott Baker, Port Engineer at Kimberley Ports Authority explores:

  • The refurbishment will include removing sections of the original wharf’s concrete deck to access the steelwork underneath; replacing corroded sections of the steelwork; reinstating the concrete deck; and refurbishing and repairing the supporting piles.
  • Implementing an approach which avoids closure of the wharf thus minimising the impact on vital operations that support the region

Refurbishing Broome Wharf for Continued Used at Full Capacity

In this presentation from Coast and Marine Structures 2016 Jay McIntyre, Senior Maritime Engineer, Kellogg Brown & Root explores:

  • The Berth 10 wharf structure is a simple, robust easy to construct new wharf structure that is also robust and durable.
  • The Berth 8 wharf structure involved upgrading an existing 50 year old wharf structure with a stipulated future 50 year design life for the upgraded wharf structure.

Forecasting Future Trends and How they Affect Port Development

In this presentation from Coast and Marine Structures 2016 Katrina Dodd, Engineer at Ausenco Services explores:

  • Forecasting the number of ship visits and their characteristics in the medium and long term, for single and mutli-user facilities
  • Vessel size and properties for container ships, bulk carriers in the future
  • Disruptive technology and their advantages and challenges