Asia-Pacific ports and harbours conference in Fremantle
Fremantle Ports has played a major part in attracting, sponsoring and hosting an international conference on ports, harbours and boating infrastructure in Fremantle this week.
It is the first Asia-Pacific conference for PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, and has attracted about 100 face-to-face delegates plus 90 delegates online from 10 overseas countries.
Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan officially opened the conference today in Fremantle.
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Fremantle Ports CEO Chris Leatt-Hayter said the conference’s theme of “Port, harbour and recreational boating for today and tomorrow” reflected growing worldwide recognition of placing the natural environment at the forefront of marine infrastructure projects, as well as a growing emphasis on social licence issues.
“The symposium will focus on nature-based solutions for coasts, ports and estuaries, featuring multiple international and national presenters and interactive discussion,” he said.
“Key areas of focus include port-related navigation, environment, strategic asset management, design and construction of ports and marine facilities, port planning, and coastal processes and strategic risks.
“It is timely for this major conference to be in Fremantle with the WA Government’s Westport planning for container trade facilities in the Outer Harbour now in its next stage.”
PIANC, established in 1885, is one of the world’s longest continually running industry associations and the leading partner for government and private sector in the design, development and maintenance of ports, waterways and coastal facilities such as marinas, across the globe.
PIANC is non-political and non-profit and runs major international conferences, global regional seminars and facilitates networking. Delegates to the conference include port owners, engineers, environmental advisors, and planning and logistics consultants.
PIANC APAC 2020 is being held from 1–3 December at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle.
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