24th November 2023 (14:00 – 19:30) Annual General Meeting for PIANC UK

& Working Group updates

An event providing an update on the latest published Working Groups in 2023 & the Annual General Meeting for PIANC UK.

Further details to follow

14:00 – 14:10 – welcome and Chair opens
14:10 – 14:40 – Speaker 1
14:40 – 15:10 – Speaker 2
15:10 – 15:20 – Q&A
15:20 – 15:50 – tea & coffee & networking
15:50 – 16:20 – Speaker 3
16:20 – 16:50 – Speaker 4
16:50 – 17:00 – Q&A
17:00 – 17:15 – Short break (no refreshments)
17:15 – 17:45 – Speaker 5
17:45 – 17:55 – Q&A
17:55 – 18:15 – Break and change of Chair person to Heather Houston
18:15 – 19:30 – Annual General Meeting
19:30 – 20:30 – Drinks & Networking

It is proposed this will be an online and in-person event

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  

16 June 2023 – Ports & the offshore wind focus 

16 June 2023 – HYBRID 17:00 – 19:00 BST (GMT+1)

Chris Bell will discuss recent research on the scale of fuel production and supply infrastructure required to supply first mover green shipping corridors and the implications for ports.

Malou Wagner will discuss the requirements for port infrastructure to support fixed & floating offshore wind projects in the construction phase, with an emphasis on foundation installation.

Martin Mannion will discuss the requirements for port infrastructure to support fixed & floating offshore wind projects, with an emphasis on floating offshore wind

Jamie Holmes will outline some of the key potential shipping and navigation risk and impacts between Floating offshore wind (FLOW) and fixed foundation projects, with reference to experiences on some of the world’s first FLOW projects and will also look ahead at some of the key challenges that lie ahead as FLOW projects make the jump in scale from demonstration (typically <100MW) to commercial scale.

Book now at the link here!

5 December 2022 – PIANC UK Young Professionals evening seminar

Young professionals from leading UK maritime consultants, contractors and owner/operators will be presenting on projects they have influenced and providing an insight into the contribution they are making to our industry, as well as some specific challenges they have overcome.

The presentations will be a maximum of 15 minutes, with a number of presentations covering a range of topics included in the evening.


Lisa Reilly (Peel Ports) ‘What is marine biosecurity? Some good practice examples from a UK port’
The talk will discuss practical examples of biosecurity management and best practice management techniques that have been put in place across each of Peels UK ports. I will also talk about some of our future aspirations for biosecurity management and some of the challenges of biosecurity management in a port.

Parsa Hashempour (Boskalis Westminster) ‘Holding the line in Southsea’
Southsea Coastal Scheme is UK’s largest local authority led coastal defence project, with aim to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 10,000 homes. Boskalis Westminster is part of the VSBW joint venture which are currently working on protecting the unique heritage around Southsea castle.

Panos Paraskevas (Byrne Looby) ‘Ardersier Port Energy Transition Facility’

Sunny Chan (The Environment Agency) ‘South East Coastal Defence project’

This event is free and open to all professionals, young and old, with an interest in the planning, design and development of marine and waterways infrastructure.

Watch this event online
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Date: 05 December 2022, 18:30-19:30
Where: Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA, United Kingdom

berth and port

28 June 2022 – Dealing with climate change uncertainties and making the case to adapt

Date: 28 June 2022
Time: 14:00 – 17:30 BST (GMT+1)
Location: Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA, United Kingdom

Climate change adaptation is now high on the agenda for many ports and waterways, but there remain challenges in implementation, particularly in accommodating the many uncertainties encountered.

This half-day technical seminar will introduce the recent PIANC technical note on Managing Climate Change Uncertainties in Selecting, Designing and Evaluating Options for Resilient Navigation Infrastructure[1]. The seminar will also:

  • Present international case studies on the application of climate change scenarios, and on the need to prepare for unprecedented conditions
  • Summarise the results of a recent survey on the costs and consequences of extreme weather events for ports, and
  • Explore how and why port and waterway operators should make the business case for investment in adaptation and strengthened resilience.


14:00 – 14:05hrs
Welcome to ICE.
PIANC UKC representative

Session 1: Accommodating climate change uncertainties in adaptation decision-making

14:05 – 14:20hrs
Dealing with climate change uncertainties: an introduction to the recent PIANC PTGCC Technical Note.
Jan Brooke. Chair, PIANC Permanent Task Group on Climate Change

14:20 – 14:35hrs
Practical options for using climate change scenarios to inform the design and operational decisions.
Brian Joyner, Moffat and Nichol, USA

14:35 – 14:50hrs
Preparing for the unprecedented, including cascading failures: a case study from the Parana-Paraguay waterway.
Gerardo Bessone, Port of Bahia Blanca, Argentina

14:50 – 15:05hrs
Adopting adaptive and flexible solutions.
Ingrid Lambert, RH-DHV, The Netherlands

15:05 – 15:25hrs

15:25 – 15:50hrs

Session 2: Informing the business case for adaptation

15:50 – 16:05hrs
Making the case to adapt: an overview of session topic.
Jan Brooke. Chair, PIANC Permanent Task Group on Climate Change

16:05 – 16:20hrs
Extreme weather costs and consequences for ports: survey outcomes.
Rhona Macdonald / Antonis Michail, International Association of Ports and Harbors

16:20 – 16:35hrs
Making the case to adapt: Port of London case study.
James Trimmer, Director of Planning and Development, Port of London Authority, UK

16:35 – 16:50hrs
Making the case to adapt: an insurance industry perspective.
Christian Wertli, Head Infrastructure Solutions, SwissRe

16:50 – 17:15hrs

Session ends



To register to this in-person event, go to Dealing with climate change uncertainties and making the case to adapt | Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on the ICE website.

Recent PIANC publication – Smart Shipping on Inland Waterways’

PIANC WG 210 (InCom) – ‘Smart Shipping on Inland Waterways’
has been released!

Dear all,
We are pleased to announce that PIANC InCom Working Group (WG) 210 – ‘Smart Shipping on Inland Waterways’ has been released today. Please click here to download the press release.

PIANC members can download their free copy in the PIANC Members Only Section, non-members can purchase their copy at  

Enjoy reading our latest publication! 

Call for UK representatives

InCom WG 242 – Permanent Floating Houses along the Inland Waterway Banks and Infrastructure

MarCom WG 243 – Design, Maintenance and Sustainability of Container Terminal Pavements – update WG 165

For each WG we are looking for:

  • A full member and
  • A young professional member (under 40)

For InCom WG 242 *Besides applying for membership of this Working Group (InCom WG 242), interested candidates can also put forward their candidacy to chair the WG.

The attached Chair’s letter and documents from PIANC International provide more information on these positions.  Applicants should be an Individual or an employee of a Corporate PIANC member or otherwise be willing to join as a member. 

If you or one of your colleagues would like to be considered for one (or both) of these positions, please provide a CV that clearly highlights relevant experience, to the PIANC UK Secretariat, no later than 9am on Wednesday 23rd March 2022.

PIANC MarCom 2022 Webinar on ‘Recent WG-Reports and the Ever Given’

Sign up for the free MarCom webinar on 8 February 2022 on MarCom’s recent publications and a presentation on the ‘Ever Given’, which will be held from 05:00pm until 07:00pm (UTC+1). 
On the programme, you will find the following presentations: 
 An Introduction on PIANC MarCom by Chairman of MarCom Egbert van der WalA presentation on PIANC WG 208 on ‘Automation of Container Terminals’ by Mr Ashebir JacobA presentation on PIANC WG’s 145 and 211 on ‘Fender Design’ by Mr Alfred RoubosA presentation on ‘The Ever Given Suez Canal Incident’ by Mr Evert Lataire 
There will be a Q&A-session after each presentation and after all the presentations, a panel discussion and some break-out sessions will be organised. Please click here to find the flyer containing all information and the registration link to sign up. 

We hope to welcome many of you at the webinar! 


With the UNFCCC’s COP26 Climate Change meetings being hosted in Glasgow, Scotland in late 2021, PIANC UK was delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the recent PIANC Working Group 178 guidance on Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Ports and Inland Waterways in two separate events.  Jan Brooke, the UK representative on EnviCom and the Chair of PIANC’s Permanent Task Group on Climate Change, was invited to present this guidance at:

  • Practical Climate Change Adaptation Solutions for Ports, 2nd and 3rd November in the International Maritime Hub. This conference featured presentations from port, harbour master and pilot representatives from UK, USA, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Dubai, Malaysia and Australia. The programme, PPTs and event recordings are all available at PIANC EnviCom’s Marika Calfas and Gerardo Bessone were also among the speakers at this event
  • Future-proofing transport: design codes and standards – why do they matter and how can they evolve? 10th November in the Blue Zone Resilience Hub.  This event included presentations from across the transport sector (road, rail, waterborne) on the development and application of standards, guidance documents, codes, etc.  Recording available at (scroll down to 10th November events)

And moving to PIANC’s WG 176 report on Working with Nature, Nature-Based Solutions were also high on the agenda at COP26, with numerous events on the topic – including Pioneering Nature Based Solutions for Resilient Infrastructure (another Blue Zone Resilience Hub event, on 5th November). This session marked the release of the white paper on ‘Governance of Infrastructure for Resilience’ from Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and Resilience Shift – see

Jan Brooke, PTGCC Chair

Navigating a Changing Climate update

The UNFCCC Global Climate Action Initiative Navigating a Changing Climate was also active at COP26, with both PIANC’s outgoing Focal Point (Jan Brooke, 2015-2021) and Mark Button, The Resilience Shift’s incoming Focal Point, present. 

Navigating a Changing Climate is a global, multi-stakeholder partnership of associations with interests in waterborne transport infrastructure that work together to support the sector as it responds to climate change. More than 50 supporter organisations are also committed to the partnership’s aims.

To date, Navigating a Changing Climate’s work has included the creation of a website providing a one-stop shop climate change resource for the sector; the organisation of an international conference and many other sector-specific climate change mitigation and adaptation events; the publication of several technical good practice guidance documents; and much more.

As PIANC hands over the lead of the initiative to The Resilience Shift, a new multi-year Action Plan will be developed and implemented to progress the urgent parallel agendas of climate change mitigation and adaptation.  This new Action Plan will bring together the climate-related activities being undertaken by each of the partner associations as well as shaping new collaborative initiatives to ensure a joined-up approach to delivering the transformational action required of the sector.

PIANC will continue to contribute to the Navigating a Changing Climate objectives via its technical guidance documents and events organised by members of the Permanent Task Group on Climate Change (PTGCC).

  • COP26 sediment management pledge

One of the specific contributions made to the COP26 process by Navigating a Changing Climate was the development, with SedNet, of the COP26 Sediment Management Pledge (see 

Sediments are an integral part of aquatic systems, the building block for natural habitats and an inherent component of many ecosystem services.  Sediments and their associated aquatic habitats – blue carbon stocks – also play a vital role in sequestering and storing carbon. Sediment managers – including port authorities and dredging and construction companies (i.e. many PIANC members) – can therefore make a significant contribution to addressing the climate change challenge. 

The COP26 Sediment Management Pledge sets out a series of actions that sediment managers can take to identify and deliver solutions that benefit not only climate and nature, but also society and economy. SedNet and the NavClimate partners ask organisations that recognise the importance of these issues to endorse the pledge. Details about how your organisation can do this can be found via the above link.

Jan Brooke, Outgoing PIANC Focal Point for Navigating a Changing Climate