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

Conference Day Two: 6 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 Increasing Operational Efficiency through the Adoption of New Technology and Innovation

Understand the way different ports across the world implement new technologies in the restructuring of their coasts.   

The Swedish Maritime Administration, together with over 60 partners across Europe, has recently validated a new digital concept between 300 vessels and 14 ports, labeled STM. This Sea Traffic Management concept is allowing the shipping industry to have ships and ports interconnect to the digital world, utilising an array of possibilities that weren’t present prior to this technology output. 

This case study will cover the way European ports are utilising new technologies to improve all aspects of port structure.
Fredrik Karlsson, Innovation Coordinator at Swedish Maritime Administration

Fredrik Karlsson

Innovation Coordinator
Swedish Maritime Administration

10:00 am - 10:40 am Case Study: Implementing Cost Efficient Strategies and Innovation in New South Wales Ports

Over the last five years, trade growth across ports has strengthened with a forecast average annual growth rate of 6.2% for container ports. New South Wales is one state leading the change in bulk and container ports, with Port of Botany implementing a fully automated terminal that is seeing growing success. Catherine Blaine will discuss ways the Port Authority of NSW ensures operational efficiency, and how this has led to increased trade growth.

  • Maintaining effective asset management capabilities
  • Exploring how to leverage technology to improve productivity and output
  • Implementing statuary requirements for existing ports
Catherine Blaine, Senior Manager of Asset Management & Projects at Port Authority of NSW

Catherine Blaine

Senior Manager of Asset Management & Projects
Port Authority of NSW


11:10 am - 11:50 am Case Study: Improving Freight Transportation and Efficiency through TasPorts’ Strategic Port Master Plan

Tasmanian Ports Corporation is a state owned company responsible for the management and development of all ports in Tasmania. As an island state, 99% of their freight is imported and exported by sea. A  focused approach to improving the operation and development of port structures is a primary driver for the organisation.

In late 2018 they began the implementation of their Port Master Plan, guiding a 15 year investment to the sum of over $200 million. Within this they have worked to improve ramp upgrades, wharf extensions and increased freight capacity to accommodate larger container and cargo vessels.

  • Implement strategic frameworks to improve the facilitation of trade
  • Improve the commercial provision of infrastructure and services
  • Focus on the protection of wharfs and surrounding port structures
Nick van Amstel, Manager Infrastructure Planning and Asset Management at Tasmanian Ports Corporation

Nick van Amstel

Manager Infrastructure Planning and Asset Management
Tasmanian Ports Corporation

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Case Study: Developing an Environmental Strategy at Lyttelton Port Company

The 2011 New Zealand earthquake meant Lyttelton Port had to rebuild their port infrastructure and improve their assets from all avenues. This included the need to deepen channels to accommodate larger ships, while also understanding the effects of pile driving on their marine ecosystem. Kim Kelleher will present a comprehensive case study on the projects Lyttelton Port Company has implemented to ensure a strong and sustainable environmental strategy.

  • Understanding the effects of pile driving on marine life
  • Developing a comprehensive environmental management strategy to improve port operations
  • Designing infrastructure that can be both pertinent and ecologically sustainable 
Kim Kelleher, Environment and Planning Manager at Lyttelton Port Company

Kim Kelleher

Environment and Planning Manager
Lyttelton Port Company

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

By using effective asset management planning to coordinate activities among all coastal and ocean interests, ports are able to improve planning and regulatory efficiencies. They can decrease associated cost and delays, while also engaging stakeholders to preserve critical ecosystem functions and services. 

Hear from this expert panel as they discuss the following key topics:

  • Finding cost-efficient approaches to addressing ocean management challenges
  • Improving planning and regulatory efficiencies for ports to increase trade outcome 
  • Understanding how effective spatial planning can assist in transportation and trade

Martin Sassenberg, Engineering Manager at Queensland Sugar Ltd

Martin Sassenberg

Engineering Manager
Queensland Sugar Ltd

Demont Hansen, Senior Coastal Engineer at Department of Transport

Demont Hansen

Senior Coastal Engineer
Department of Transport

Eugene Cheah, General Manager of Business Development and Contruction at Fulton Hogan

Eugene Cheah

General Manager of Business Development and Contruction
Fulton Hogan

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm Future Proofing Structures: Deepening Channels to Cater to Larger Vessels

In response to the creation of larger vessels, coasts and marines are deepening their channels to compensate and cater to future growth. While most channels are 14m long, many ports across the world are spending billions of dollars to deepen their channels further. Sean Bolt, General Manager of Marine and Infrastructure from Port Otago, will present a case study on the projects his port is undergoing to deep their channels, and the associated innovations they’ve undertaken to future-proof existing structures.

  • Find environmental solutions to channel deepening that will allow greater access to ships 
  • Understand innovative models for long term asset maintenance 
  • Define the process of port expansion for future trade and monetary gain
Sean Bolt, General Manager of Marine and Infrastructure at Port Otago

Sean Bolt

General Manager of Marine and Infrastructure
Port Otago


3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Case Study: Safety Regulation and Asset Management for Ports

The maintenance of infrastructure and mobile equipment is essential for effective asset management. This will minimise cost and increase the usefulness of a product’s life cycle. There is also a need to adhere to the regulatory requirements and safety of care for workers, since a company’s primary asset is in their people.

In July 2018 the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 was updated to ensure all businesses adhered and followed a code of conduct for safe work. Under the Act the resounding principle was that workers were given the ultimate protection from any potential hazards, with regular inspections and duty of care required. Compliance requires a strict process to manage skills and understanding the risks present in port operations will minimise these dangers.

  • Understanding the regulatory requirements and compliance standards to reduce safety risks
  • Reducing potential hazards through demonstrating the appropriate attitude and approaches
  • Ensuring structures and assets are built and deployed safely to reduce incident
Robert Short, Naval Harbour Master at Royal Australian Navy

Robert Short

Naval Harbour Master
Royal Australian Navy

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Improving Freight Transportation and Efficiency through Simulation

With the need for improved port optimisation and infrastructure development, Kenan Aldemir and Shane Freeman will co-present a case study on the work they have done to optimise port operations and improve freight transportation. 

With a strong focus on simulation projects and the design of prominent container terminals in Australia, it is here they will discuss how ports can improve their assets for long term maintenance.

  • Implementing strategic frameworks to improve the facilitation of trade
  • Improving the commercial provision of infrastructure and services
  • Focusing on the protection of wharfs and surrounding port structures
Kenan Aldemir, Principal Maritime Engineer at Mott MacDonald

Kenan Aldemir

Principal Maritime Engineer
Mott MacDonald

Shane Freeman, Maritime Engineer at Mott MacDonald

Shane Freeman

Maritime Engineer
Mott MacDonald

4:40 pm - 4:40 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close