PIANC Asia Pacific Conference 2024

27-30 August 2024, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney

PIANC Asia Pacific Conference 2024

27-30 August 2024, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney

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Key Dates

29 March 2024: Abstract submission deadline Extended to 15 April 2024 (midnight AEST)
29 April 2024: Authors advised of submission outcome Extended to 13 May 2024
15 May 2024: Authors have option to upgrade Extended Abstract
3 June 2024: Speaker registration deadline
3 June 2024: Earlybird registration closes
27 – 30 August 2024: Conference


PIANC APAC Conference 2024 will be held in Sydney in August 2024.

PIANC APAC 2024 Conference

PIANC APAC is the biennial forum for all PIANC members from Asia Pacific and beyond focusing on harbours, ports and recreational boating in the region. Non PIANC members are also welcome. The inaugural PIANC APAC Conference was held in Fremantle, WA in December 2020, followed by the second conference in the series held in Melbourne in September 2022.

PIANC APAC 2024 will be held in Sydney in August 2024 and will focus on PIANC’s mission to bring together ports, harbour and recreational boating professionals to share their ideas at an international forum. The conference will provide opportunities for PIANC members to become leaders in the industry.

PIANC APAC brings together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning, design and operational issues related to our diverse and developing ports, harbours and recreational boating facilities.

186 people attended PIANC APAC 2022, with attendees from Victoria, Queensland, NSW, WA, SA, Tasmania, NT, New Zealand, PNG, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. We hope to build on this for the 2024 Conference and look forward to seeing you in Sydney!

PIANC APAC 2022 Conference

PIANC APAC 2022 was held in Melbourne, Victoria, in September 2022. The conference theme was “Leaders and Professionals Coming Together” and reflects PIANC’s mission to bring together ports, harbour and recreational boating professionals and ideas to an international forum, and the opportunities for our members to become leaders in the industry.

Organising Committee

David Dack (Chair), Associate Principal – Maritime, Arup
Ron Cox (Technical Program), Honorary Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW; Board Member, PIANC ANZ
Neil Lawson (Treasurer), Honorary Vice President, PIANC International Managing Director, Neil Lawson and Associates; Board Member, PIANC ANZ
Catherine Blaine, General Manager, Projects, Port Authority of NSW; Regional Chapter Chair NSW/ACT, PIANC ANZ
Peter Engelen, General Manager Infrastructure, NSW Ports; Deputy Chair, PIANC ANZ
Sam Isaacs, Senior Project Manager, Port Authority of NSW
Luke Campbell, Director, WGA; Chair,  PIANC ANZ
Yanyan Zhang, Coastal Engineer, Royal HaskoningDHV, PIANC YP Representative
Sam Mazaheri, Principal Structural Integrity and Maritime Specialist, Daly Bay Terminal
Paul Weston, Executive Officer, PIANC ANZ


The PIANC APAC 2024 Conference is proud to have partnered with Greenfleet to take climate action and offset our carbon emissions through native reforestation.

Greenfleet is a leading not-for-profit environmental organisation committed to protecting our climate by restoring our forests. Greenfleet plants native biodiverse forests to capture carbon emissions and help fight the impacts of climate change. Since 1997, Greenfleet has planted over 10 million trees across over 500 forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, Greenfleet forests absorb carbon emissions, improve soil and water quality, and restore habitat for native wildlife, including many endangered species. Greenfleet forests are also legally protected for up to 100 years, ensuring they can grow for future generations. Through practical climate action, Greenfleet is growing hope for our climate.

Learn more at: www.greenfleet.org.au

Peter Fountain Award

Peter Fountain Award – Call for applications

In recognition of Peter Fountain’s contribution to the Australian, New Zealand and wider international port and maritime engineering sector, PIANC Australia and New Zealand (PIANC AU-NZ) in collaboration with Peter’s family created the Peter Fountain Memorial Fellowship Fund in February 2023.

Peter Fountain (1946-2021) was an experienced port and maritime engineer, who led the Maunsell/AECOM maritime engineering practice in Australia for decades. Peter had a stellar reputation in the maritime engineering industry within Australia and New Zealand and internationally, enormously respected for his experience and knowledge. Peter was always humble, generous with his time, and willing to share his knowledge and guide others. He was an active mentor to many young engineers and supported academics in identifying practical final year and Honours research topics. Peter had served on the PIANC AU-NZ Board from its inception in 1998. He was enthusiastic and committed to the PIANC mission of technical advancement and knowledge sharing, professional and astute in his decisions, a wise, softly spoken and supportive leader. After standing down from the Board in 2014 to allow strategic refreshment, he continued as the AU-NZ national representative for PIANC’s international Maritime Commission (MarCom).


The Fellowship Fund is to encourage engineering students to pursue career opportunities in the port and maritime sector across the range of cross disciplinary issues identified in the various PIANC Commissions.

Information about PIANC and its activities can be readily accessed at the PIANC AU-NZ website.

Up to two Awards will be offered to students who are in enrolled in an Undergraduate Honours or Masters engineering degree at the time of the PIANC APAC conference. Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents, and enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand University. The award will assist attendance to the PIANC APAC conference. The PIANC APAC conference is organised by PIANC AU-NZ and held every second even year.

Each student winning an Award will receive a certificate which is conferred by PIANC AU-NZ, free registration and costs for travel and accommodation, to attend the PIANC APAC conference. A great occasion to meet the PIANC ANZ community, be exposed to current technical and management practices, establish new networks and explore career opportunities.

Students applying for the award are invited to submit a single A4 page outlining why they should receive the fellowship to develop their interests in technical, economic, environmental and planning issues pertaining to port and maritime transport infrastructure. The applications are to be accompanied by a copy of academic enrolment, record and a reference in support of the application.

Applications for APAC 2024 to be held in Sydney 27 to 30 August 2024 should be forwarded by 30 June 2024 to jayne@eastcoastconferences.com.au

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