Conference Day Two: Friday 16 October 2020

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee And Registration

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Opening

Modernising Port Development To Future-Proof Infrastructure & Trade Opportunities

9:10 am - 9:50 am How Pilbara Ports has Enhanced Trade Capacity And Operational Efficiency With An Extended Sailing Window And Safer Navigation Through Port Hedland’s Channel Risk and Optimisation Project

Frans Schlack - Dredging & Survey Manager, Pilbara Ports Authority
Completed last year, the 5 year project and dredging works delivered results of an average 45 minutes addition to the Tidal Sailing Window and up to 65cm additional draft for draft restricted bulk carrier vessels. Overall, it has excelled Risk Management and safer operations; in this session Frans will share how these results were achieved and what it means for accommodating future growth and risk management:

  • How the delivery of an emergency passing lane alongside the shipping channel mitigates the risk of disruption to exports from the port in the event of an adverse incident
  • Improve trade capacity through targeted dredging of the channel to fully realise the existing channel depth, allowing port users to further optimise tonnages on their vessels. 
  • Extend the tidal sailing window to create larger separations between vessel departures or to allow an additional vessel to depart from the port in a convoy for each tidal window

Frans Schlack

Dredging & Survey Manager
Pilbara Ports Authority

9:50 am - 10:30 am Future Of Creative Construction: Minimising Disruption To Port Operations Through An End-to-End Strategy Across Design, Construction, Modularisation & Delivery Phases

David Christodoulou - Group Technical Director - Marine, McConnell Dowell
McConnell Dowell successfully delivered a 3 year major redevelopment at Webb Dock, receiving an Australian Construction Achievement Award for clear-cut project execution. They are now applying these learning lessons to ongoing and future projects, and in this session will detail the key steps to enable streamlined construction and delivery:

  • Stakeholder engagement to define a transparent path with informed design decisions
  • Leveraging the advantages of ECI procurement models
  • How to ensure modular construction meets project parameters
  • Operational learning lessons to excel project delivery phases

David Christodoulou

Group Technical Director - Marine
McConnell Dowell

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea

Sustainable Development: Overcoming Environmental Roadblocks And Volatile Conditions

11:00 am - 11:40 am How Lyttelton Port Is Incorporating Sustainability Into Whole Of Life Design To Lower Carbon Footprint And Capital Costs

Kim Kelleher - Environmental Manager, Lyttelton Port Company
Lyttelton Port has been working closely with their project management teams to obtain greater visibility of sustainability in design and construction of port assets, alongside whole of life understanding of costs. They can now demonstrate a correlation between carbon and cost reduction through designing for nature principles and comparative redesigns:

  • Leveraging sustainability planning tools
  • Minimising carbon emissions in design process through material assessment and 
  • Applying learnings to project management systems for new design and methodology

Kim Kelleher

Environmental Manager
Lyttelton Port Company

11:40 am - 12:20 pm The Future of Dredging: Strategy & Guidelines to Meet Environmental Approvals with New & Sustainable Options

Dan Garnett - Senior Policy Officer- Sustainable Environment, Department of Environment and Science
With the growth in container vessel size set to continue, the ability to evolve ports whilst working to future requirements will be key for gaining dredging and environmental approvals. New policies and the port development act means permits for maintenance and capital dredging will become a challenge to the long term aspirations of ports if left unaddressed.

In this session, Dan will address value-added strategies ports can employ to work more effectively alongside existing and changing policy:

  • Beneficial reuse: how can this be achieved and what is the impact?
  • Guidelines to develop long term dredging and spoil disposal/reuse strategies
  • Combining new techniques and technology to enhance dredging capabilities

Dan Garnett

Senior Policy Officer- Sustainable Environment
Department of Environment and Science

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch Break

Existing Assets & Aging Infrastructure: Optimising Investment & Procedures

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Maximising Use Of Existing Assets To Extract Full Value And Cost Efficiency From Current Investment

Despite productivity rising at container terminals significantly last year, quayside revenue actually slipped 8.1% to a new average low of $190.40 a lift through the 2019 financial year. This means that the importance of optimised processes is more essential than ever before, pressing ports to make sure the business is benefitting from its infrastructure investment value in the first place:

  • Optimising asset life cycles and through better management of physical conditions 
  • Simplifying and automating processes to save time and cost
  • Increasing efficiency of operational parameters around assets

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Increasing Operational Capacity to Improve Trade Relations, Commercial Outcomes and Risk Management

Brett Whiteoak - Australasian Shipping Manager, BP
BP has been working closely with Fremantle Ports to establish a coordinated strategy for improved access and safety to berths and refinery transport links. Brett will share learning lessons and key areas for improvement identified to elevate port and shipping interoperability:

  • Stakeholder engagement and key outcomes for improving port, terminal, shipping, and refinery coordination
  • Collaboration to create watertight risk assessment, policies and procedures
  • Shipping requirements and how maintenance and operational issues are considered from a customer perspective

Brett Whiteoak

Australasian Shipping Manager

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Afternoon Tea

Augmenting Operational Risk Management & Trade Benefits

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm Excelling Asset Management Frameworks To Update Aging Assets With Minimal Impact To Operations

A growing majority of Port-owned assets are now entering ages of over 50 years, leaving them susceptible to damage, deterioration, and costlier fixes than necessary if not managed closely. For the unavoidable upgrades and expansions though, how can you keep assets available and operations running to full capacity?

  • Planned out stages to meet life cycle requirements that account for the need to reconfigure and update infrastructure
  • Mitigate the risk on capital expenses when taking assets offline for refurbishment with a holistic asset management strategy
  • Progressive action plans to maximise offsite work and minimise impact on operations through design

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Advancing Protection of Reinforced Concrete Structures Through New Systems To Preempt Deterioration

Sensors and instrumentation will be the key to better handling of assets, in most cases now standing as a much lower cost and efficient solution than methods that are not digitalised. So, how do you best secure and set up new technologies so that they don’t work in isolation?

  • Understanding the technologies available that can combine with aging concrete to extend life cycles
  • Prove the cost efficiency of prevention vs reactive repairs
  • Developing business cases that ensure wise budget decisions from a long term perspective

4:40 pm - 4:40 pm Conference Closing