Conference Day One: Thursday 15 October 2020

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Opening

Ports For The Future: Long Term Strategy & Trade

9:10 am - 9:40 am Port of Rotterdam Case Study: Taking Proactive, Predictive and Risk Based Asset Management Approach At One of The World’s Largest Ports

Henk Voogt - Asset Manager - Port Infrastructure, Port of Rotterdam Authority

The Port of Rotterdam owns and manages more than 80 kilometres of waterfront structures, known as quay walls) with a total replacement value of around 1.45 billion euros. These structures are exposed to a wide range of environments that vary from low salinity (brackish) water to high salinity (seawater) conditions, which causes degradation in the form of corrosion for the substructure constructed of steel sheetpiling or steel combiwalls and rebar corrosion with chemical degradation of the concrete elements. With the typical service life of their waterfront structures around 50 years and the port in constant expansion, the Port of Rotterdam needed to implement a rigorous approach and protocols to efficiently track required annual maintenance as well as forecast the short- and long-term costs of keeping their structures in service for their tenants.

This presentation covers the use of a proactive, predictive and risk based asset management approach and its underlying principals in one of the world’s largest port.


Henk Voogt

Asset Manager - Port Infrastructure
Port of Rotterdam Authority

9:40 am - 10:10 am Port of Townsville’s Channel Upgrade: Progress & Plans To Maximise Whole Of Life Assets Whilst Building Long-Term Environmental Aspects Into Port Extension.

Marissa Wise - General Manager Infrastructure & Environment, Port of Townsville

The $193 million channel upgrade is taking on a unique combination of preparation works, rock supply, land reclamation, and large scale capital dredging. At this stage the port is ensuring the project aligns to its 2050 vision and is underway to begin the channel widening this year. In this session, Marissa will be sharing learning lessons and approaches to strategic asset management and sustainability so far:

  • Construction in the water: critical environmental actions and responses
  • Disposal considerations of such a large capital dredging project
  • Minimising disruption to commercial shipping in the channel and harbour
  • Designs to maximise whole of life asset costs and returns

Marissa Wise

General Manager Infrastructure & Environment
Port of Townsville

10:10 am - 10:20 am Break / End of Essential Track

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