2 October 2023 – RoRo conference – London

Event TitleWG 167- Terminal Design for RoRo and RoPax vessels. Launch Event
DateMonday 2nd October 2023
Time (e.g. 18.00-1930)10:00 – 16:30
VenueInstitution of Civil Engineers (Godfrey Mitchell Theatre)
Event typeDay conference
Event ChampionCossel Chang
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Speaker 1Steve Osborn
Job title, OrganisationChairman (PIANC WG 167), Chief Maritime Engineer, Atkins
BioSteve Osborn has 51 years professional experience, 45 of which have been in maritime engineering.    He is past Chairman of the committee that develops and maintains BS 6349, the British Standard on maritime works having served for 10 years.  He had the honour of being appointed an Atkins Fellow at his present employer. He has wide worldwide experience on port development and planning, including container terminals, bulk terminals, naval facilities, ferry terminals and cruise terminals geographically located between Russia and Tanzania and between Ireland and Pakistan. He is an acknowledged expert on all aspects of RoRo and Ferry Terminals, having been involved with them for much of his career. Because of that, he was invited to be Chairman of PIANC Working Group 167 on “The Design of Terminals for RoRo and RoPax Vessels
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Speaker 2Jonás Sánchez Méndez
Job title, OrganisationPartner and Director at McValnera
BioJonás is partner at McValnera, a consulting firm that is a reference in Spain specialized in strategy, planning, management and engineering within the port sector. Acting as project manager, he has participated in the development of planning projects for some of the main ports in Spain, including operational designs, technical and economic feasibility studies of terminals, as well as strategic analysis for decision making, for both public and private sectors. Among the projects in which he has been involved in the last 10 years, those related to ro-ro and ro-pax traffic are particularly relevant, designing flows and zoning of ropax terminals, planning works of Ro-Ro areas in ports, analyzing terminals for vehicle traffic or collaborating with port authorities in the management of concession processes related to this type of traffic.
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Speaker 3Tobias Günzl
Job title, OrganisationDepartment Head of Maritime and Hydraulic Engineering, Inros Lackner
BioTobias has over 26 years of experience as a project leader and chief engineer for all planning phase of marine infrastructure projects, from harbours or all types of cargos through to shipyards, inland waterways, ferry terminals, marinas and foundations of offshore wind structures. He has detailed knowledge of deign and dimensioning of entire projects as well as the structural design of hydraulic engineering structures as well as dredging and soil management concepts. He is well versed in project management both domestically in Germany as well as internationally through the use of FIDIC. Tobias is a registered civil engineer in the “Ingenieurkammer M-V”, the official organization for building permit approval in German construction business
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Speaker 4Chris Bolton
Job title, OrganisationDesign & Engineering Manager, Future Port Talbot – Associated British Ports
BioAfter fifteen years as a consultant maritime civil engineer with particular experience in ports and offshore wind, Chris joined Associated British Ports two years ago initially with the role of Project Development Manager on major CAPEX projects and more recently as the technical lead for a very large port development in south Wales. As a consultant, Chris developed a strong interest in linkspans, leading inspection, maintenance and replacement projects of various types of facility handling a variety of different ro-ro cargoes. Chris’s experience as a designer and port owner / operator gives him a rounded view of issues in the procurement and operational phases of ro-ro facilities. Chris is also the Chair for PIANC WG231 for Mooring Bollards & Hooks.
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Speaker 5José Luis Estrada Llaquet
Job title, OrganisationManaging Director, Estrada Port Consulting
BioHe has 51 years of professional, 49 of which have been in Ports, Transport and logistics. He has worked in the Ports Authorities of Tarragona, Barcelona and Algeciras, where he was General Manager. He also has been Planning and Development Director of Puertos del Estado and President of the “Puerto Seco de Madrid SA” and “Conte Rail SA”(Dry port  and rail operator, respectively). Jose is the founder and CEO of Estrada Port Consulting devoted to planning and development, operations, concessions, port services, feasibility studies, etc. He has combined his professional career with academic activity, teaching on port, transport and logistics subjects at diferent universities. He commonly participates in conferences and seminars around the world and has made numerous papers. He was member of the Executive Committee of the Technical Association of Ports and Coasts (Spanish division of PIANC), and Chairman of different Technical Committees of IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbours), where he’s Honorary Member. He was President of RETE (Association for the Port and City relationships) and he´s currently Honorary Member of this Association, member of its Scientific Committee and Director of PORTUS magazine.
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Event Summary  PIANC WG 167 is a comprehensive guide covering the design and planning of: terminal infrastructure, stevedoring of vehicles and passengers, climate change as well as safety and security requirements. Working group authors will present a summary of each section and available through a hand-on workshop to explore details.
   RoRo and RoPax ships are widely used and are sailing on every ocean. Although these ships exist in many sizes, the trend continues for larger ships with more options for faster loading and unloading. Such changes in size and concept lead to new challenges for terminal design.   PIANC Report WG 167 is a comprehensive document covering all these issues.  It is being published at a time of momentous changes, with major changes in the way transport is powered and controlled.  It highlights:- The wide range of different type of RoRo trades (not often appreciated outside the circle of specialist practitioners)The special requirements of ship approach operations and facilitiesThe specific challenges of ship to shore access (linkspans and Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs)The challenges of planning the terminals, taking account of the need to fully appreciate the variation of trade types.The particular importance of passenger terminal buildings and the unusual importance that RoPax terminals have in the urban environmentThe challenges of future proofing RoRo and RoPax terminals taking account of climate change adaptation and the need to reduce carbon footprints.   In a guided interactive breakout session, a workshop will give delegates a chance to take part in a “hands-on” exercise experience, allowing them to give feedback on the value of the information in the PIANC Report WG167.   This conference is recommended to design engineers, port engineers or operators and the suppliers of equipment to facilitate RoRo and RoPax terminals.
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Programme0930 – 1000: Arrival, registrations, welcome   1010: Introductions in Godfrey Mitchell Theatre 1040: RoRo and RoPax Terminals – Types and features [Jonás Sánchez Méndez, in place of Macario Fernández] 1110: From the Sea to the Shore – Bringing RoRo and RoPax Vessels to Berth [Tobias Günzl]   1140: Refreshment Break (tea, coffee and biscuits)
  1200: Back to dry land! – Transferring vehicles and passengers from ship to shore [Chris Bolton] 1230:  Planning the Terminal- The logistics of RoRo and RoPax Steve Osborn   1300: Lunch   1345: Planning for People – Passenger Terminal Buildings and the Port/City Interface [José Luis Estrada Llaquet ] 1415: Hands on workshop – Navigating and using the PIANC Report WG 167 Briefing and enactment of the interactive workshop chaired by Steve Osborn   15:00: Refreshment Break (tea, coffee and biscuits)   1520: Workshop feedback plenary session [Steve Osborn/Cossel Chang] 1610 Closing Address. [Heather Houston]   1620: End of Conference  
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