05 - 06 March, 2019 | The Park Hotel Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD

Conference Day One: 5 March, 2019

8:45 am - 9:15 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:15 am - 9:20 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

9:20 am - 10:00 am Keynote Presentation: Aligning Business Operations with Long Term Strategies in Port Development

In order to capitalise on growth in port development, it is important to understand the changing nature of Australia’s maritime industry, as well as the value shipping and marine trade has for both the Australian and international economy.  Rochelle Macdonald, CEO of Mid West Ports will open the conference with a keynote presentation on setting effective asset management strategies to grow existing ports.

  • Understanding Australia’s future shipping trends to capitalise on potential growth
  • Defining how port developments and upgrades are funded
  • Ensuring business strategies and budgeting remain at the centre of the organisation
  • Identifying the ongoing repair and maintenance that can improve port reconstruction
Rochelle Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer at Midwest Ports

Rochelle Macdonald

Chief Executive Officer
Midwest Ports

10:00 am - 10:30 am Hydrography for Maximising Port Capacity

Hydrography plays a vital role in understanding the infrastructure below sea level and is crucial not only for maximising draft of vessels but for the safety of personnel and the environment. Information provided by a Hydrographic Surveyor will guide decision making around the nature, timing and scale of growth and investment required at the Port.
Neil Hewitt, Managing Director at Precision Hydrographic Services

Neil Hewitt

Managing Director
Precision Hydrographic Services

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking Session

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


11:30 am - 12:10 pm Optimising the Value of Port Assets through the Application of a Structured Approach

Effective asset management is essential for the long term maintenance of port structures. Eugene Cheah, General Manager of Business Development and Construction, will discuss how to maximise port productivity, safety and asset life. He will also highlight how ports can do so with minimal operational downtime, cost and environmental impact.

  • Deliver a financial analysis over asset life to maximise Net Present Value (NPV) 
  • Learn how to utilise technical investigations on asset integrity 
  • Understand structural and material design with innovative constructability solutions
  • Ensuring programmed maintenance in order to minimise operational impact
Eugene Cheah, General Manager of Business Development and Contruction at Fulton Hogan

Eugene Cheah

General Manager of Business Development and Contruction
Fulton Hogan

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Bulk Handling Equipment at Ports – Replacement or Refurbishment?

Many existing bulk material port facilities are at the end of their original nominal design life. Owners are faced with the decision on whether to refurbish existing equipment such as shiploaders, stackers, reclaimers and car dumpers or procure replacement machines. There are also continuing pressures on existing terminals for increased throughput and to accept larger ships.

Traditionally, owners would carry out a refurbishment to allow the life of their equipment to be extended. However, due to the continuing strong demand for commodity exports and high equipment utilisation levels, downtime is critical. Thus, decisions between refurbishment and replacement equipment can have a big impact on port capacity, cost and revenue. Richard Morgan from Aspec Engineering will present the factors associated with the service life of different port bulk handling equipment types, including:

  • Design and environmental standards
  • Equipment loads on port infrastructure
  • Statutuary Compliance
  • Machine configuration and efficiency
  • Safety and automation
Richard Morgan, Principal at Aspec Engineering

Richard Morgan

Aspec Engineering

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Case Study: Developing the Port of Melbourne to Enable Larger Vessels to Enter

The Port of Melbourne is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment to improve their trade routes and cruise liners. With the development of larger ships and increased trade output, port expansion is essential to coast and marine structure development. Since the privatisation of the port in 2016, long term planning and investment has been at the forefront of their strategies.

Keith Gordon, Executive General Manager of Port Operations continues to manage the port’s assets and spatial data programs. It is here he will discuss the development of Port of Melbourne and how they expanded port operations to cater to larger vessels. 

  • Understanding how effective spatial planning can assist in transportation and trade
  • Finding cost-efficient approaches to addressing ocean management challenges
  • Improving planning and regulatory efficiencies for ports to increase trade output
Keith Gordon, Executive General Manage of Port Operations at Port of Melbourne

Keith Gordon

Executive General Manage of Port Operations
Port of Melbourne

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm Future Proofing Structures to Ensure Ageing Ports are Prepared for Cyclone Risk

The risk of natural disasters in ageing ports was evident in the 2007 cyclone that affected Port Hedland, where sustained damage meant older edifices needed restructuring. Similarly, 2018 saw the Port of Salalah in Oman experience a tropical cyclone that affected all cargo operations.

Ensuring port assets are future-proofed for extreme weather events are integral to the ongoing maintenance of marine structures. Scott Collins will discuss a number of Aurecon projects where they prevented cyclone damage to ageing ports that had yet to invest in stronger infrastructure. Scott’s session will include several project case studies.

  • Using drones and automated technology for cyclone control
  • Understanding innovative financial models for maintenance and funding
  • Constructing structures that will withstand winds up to 122 km/h
Scott Collins, Senior Coastal & Maritime Engineer at Aurecon

Scott Collins

Senior Coastal & Maritime Engineer


3:40 pm - 4:20 pm The Environmental Approval Process: Dredging Disposal and How to Maintain a Sustainable Environment

The environmental effects of dredging are generally related to the process itself, as well as the disposal of material. Depending upon where dredging takes place, a marine can be affected by the disposal of the dredged material and result in plumes that are carried further in-shore. This is in part based upon weather conditions and the location of the dredging. However, due to technology developments and research, marine ports have found environmentally sustainable ways to dispose of these materials.

  • Learn to thoroughly assess and mitigate environmental impacts
  • Relocate dredged material and recognise it as a resource to dispose sustainably
  • Evaluate the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of sediments to determine potential dredging methods and treatment options
Dan Garnett, Principal Environment Officer, Coastal and Marine Assessment at Department of Environment and Science

Dan Garnett

Principal Environment Officer, Coastal and Marine Assessment
Department of Environment and Science

Interactive Discussion Group (IDGs)

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 20 minutes, allowing you to pick the two topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Table One

4:20 pm - 5:20 pm Effective Asset Management Techniques to Improve Cost Efficiency
  • Understanding innovative financial models for maintenance and funding
  • Optimising existing structures for cost efficiency 
  • Defining the process of port expansion for future trade and monetary gain

David Edelman, Project Engineer at Port of Townsville

David Edelman

Project Engineer
Port of Townsville

Table Two

4:20 pm - 5:20 pm How can Future Ports Leverage Technology?
  • Discussing the challenges of automated technology in container terminals
  • Determine the different functions drones have on ports
  • Finding cost efficient strategies to utilising technology

Keith Gordon, Executive General Manage of Port Operations at Port of Melbourne

Keith Gordon

Executive General Manage of Port Operations
Port of Melbourne

Table Three

4:20 pm - 5:20 pm Maritime Structure Durability- Advances in Prevention and Repair
  • Discussing the importance of deepening channels and the challenges involved
  • Evaluating the different structures of ships
  • See why ships are getting larger – what’s the value of this for the trade sector

Ian Godson, Managing Director at Infracorr Consulting

Ian Godson

Managing Director
Infracorr Consulting

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm Close of Day One

5:30 pm - 5:30 pm Networking Drinks