27-29 September, 2017 | Rotterdam

Agenda Day 1

7:45 am - 8:00 am Registration & Coffee

8:00 am - 8:10 am Chairperson’s Opening Remarks and Welcome

Nigel Nixon - Chairman, Nigel Nixon Consultancy

Nigel Nixon

Nigel Nixon Consultancy

8:10 am - 8:30 am Icebreaker: What are Your Event Objectives?

In order to boost networking and interactivity, the conference will begin with an opportunity for everybody to get to know one another. Attendees will then have 20 minutes to discuss their key objectives for attending the event which will be documented and used as a tool to influence discussions throughout the entire conference.

8:30 am - 9:10 am Future Proofing Port Infrastructure

Egbert van der Wal - Manager Engineering, Port of Rotterdam
·         Managing uncertainty and predicting future change: Climate change, changing vessel size, increase in trade
·         Assessing levels of risk to the existing infrastructure and utilising the findings to make any necessary adaptations or improvements
·         Planning effectively to accommodate future growth and adaptation possibilities
·         Building in flexibility and considering the possibility of multi-purpose assets
·         Leveraging technology to improve planning, design and performance

Egbert van der Wal

Manager Engineering
Port of Rotterdam

9:10 am - 9:50 am Improving Port Commerciality and Business Growth through Port Construction and Adaptation

Rikard Bergstrom - General Manager Engineering, Port of Dover
·         Overview of the various projects: Construction, engineering, asset management, dredging and reclamation
·         Project drivers: Business growth, competitiveness, increased capacity and future proofing
·         Business challenges associated with delivering the biggest project in the history of the port: Safety, security, HR and Financial
·         Construction and engineering challenges: Planning, risk management, temporary works design, remaining operational, aligning the existing strategic asset plan

Rikard Bergstrom

General Manager Engineering
Port of Dover

9:50 am - 10:30 am Optimising Port Operations by Improving Intermodal Links and Replacing Structures

Rune J Arnøy - , Narvik Port
·         Feasibility studies and investigative planningto unlock bottlenecks and improve access links
·         Strengthening, extending and widening structures vs. replacing
·         Creating flexible infrastructure that can support multi-purpose use
·         Minimising disruption whilst working around existing infrastructure and live environments: Effective planning and scheduling

Rune J Arnøy

Narvik Port

10:30 am - 11:10 am Adapting Berths to Manage and Accommodate Increasing Vessel Size

Nick Clarke - Director, Head of Ports and Marine, Ramboll UK
·         Overview of the work carried out in this area: Developing “best practice” in conjunction with PIANC
·         Drivers behind the project: Managing growing Port congestion, improving productivity and performance
·         Describing the key elements of best practice: Planning, design and development

Nick Clarke

Director, Head of Ports and Marine
Ramboll UK

11:10 am - 11:40 am Morning Coffee and Networking Break

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Asset Management: Monitoring, Inspection and Maintenance Techniques

Peter Van Parys - Technical Director, Port of Ghent
·         Operational Asset Management: The value of material selection, durability considerations and maintenance planning at the design stages
·         Latest techniques in inspection: Technology and innovation to uncover deterioration and repair requirements
·         Condition monitoring: Utilising technical data to predict future maintenance needs
·         Business case for proactive maintenance: Reliability, operational efficiency, cost reduction, minimising downtime and safety

Peter Van Parys

Technical Director
Port of Ghent

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm Assessing Future Trends and developments Impacting Current Maritime Infrastructure

Cornelis van Dorsser - Lecturer/Researcher Port Economics and Inland Waterway Transport, TU Delft
·         Developing a clear vision for the future: Reviewing current and future impacts on maritime infrastructure
·         Removing uncertainty in an uncertain world: A systematic approach and new methodology on long term trends
·         Predicting trade forecasts to adapt infrastructure to accommodate changing requirements

Cornelis van Dorsser

Lecturer/Researcher Port Economics and Inland Waterway Transport
TU Delft

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch and Networking Break

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Cranes: Replacement vs. Extension and Strengthening

Roger Walsgrove - Project Manager, CH2M
·         Understanding the pressure on cranes to reduce cost per container move and subsequently go faster and higher
·         Crane replacement: Benefits and inhibitors
·         Upgrading viability: When is upgrading older equipment the right choice?
·         Making the decision and factors to consider: Operational downtime, costs, maintenance

Roger Walsgrove

Project Manager

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Adapting Port Infrastructure to Accommodate Larger Vessels: Removing the Barriers to Access Points

Julie Ascoop - Associate Director, Leader of the Maritime Engineering Team, Arup
·         Current and future challenges associated with growing vessel sizes:  Adaptation, predictions and future proofing
·         Assessing the infrastructure needs for larger vessels: How do we adapt and futureproof our existing quaysides?
·         Building the business case, securing investment and proving ROI: New infrastructure, adaptation and container cranes

Julie Ascoop

Associate Director, Leader of the Maritime Engineering Team

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm Afternoon Tea and Networking

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Outer Coaling Pier Case Study: Planning and Delivering a Cruise Berth Extension

Alex Hayes - General Manager Landside, Portland Port
·         Planning and preparing the port for the world’s biggest cruise ships: Land utilisation and adaptive reuse of Port Infrastructure
·         Maximum utilisation of sites and determining the possibilities for berth extension
·         Technical overview of the project works, timelines and outcomes

Alex Hayes

General Manager Landside
Portland Port

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm Sailing through Fluid Mud: Implementing a New Way of Monitoring of Keel Clearance in Ports

Alex Kirichek - Researcher,
·         Describing the main characteristics of fluid mud and the potential impacts on ports, waterways and navigation
·         Overview of the recent study conducted: Introduction, purpose and results
·         Analysing the monitoring experiments conducted at the Port of Rotterdam
·         Introducing new monitoring methods which will lead to a new maintenance concept and enhance navigation near fluid mud

Alex Kirichek


5:10 pm - 5:20 pm Chairperson’s Closing Remarks and End of Conference Day One

5:20 pm - 5:50 pm Drinks Reception