THEME 2 – HOW PORTS OPERATE EXPANDED FACILITIES AND THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES THIS BRINGS
KEYNOTE: Western Canadian Port Expansion – The Challenges and Opportunities
- Building Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway to service a major resource based economy
- Expanding trade in larger ships through collaborative infrastructure solutions
- Development of social licence through sustainable growth
- The Management of risk and negative perceptions
Terrific scene-setter. This was an excellent presentation and achieved exactly what it set out to do, all explained in a lively way with great enthusiasm, once again blending commercial awareness with practical mariner’s common-sense I was enthralled.
Captain Stephen Brown, Immediate Past President, Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
The amalgamation challenge – scale, distance, culture and operations
- Amalgamation of ports over a large geographic area
- Challenges of system integration and standardisation
- Operational and cultural differences
- Scale and diversity of operations
For me personally this presentation was definitely one of the congress highlights. It could serve as a blueprint for others in similar circumstances; delivered with confidence, authority and vigour, I was left feeling very envious of John Finch and the challenges he is addressing.
Captain John Finch, General Manager Ops, Pilbara Ports Authority
NAVIGATION MONITORING AND CONTROL (VTS)
KEYNOTE The expanding role of VTS including the impact of e-Navigation
- Increasing needs for surveillance of shipping, and pressures on sea room in some regions, plus the rapid development of e-navigation connectivity and techniques will drive change in VTS technology and operations
- In parallel with this, competition for increased efficiency between ports and between liner services will demand better and harmonized VTS services
- The resulting evolution of VTS will mean increased digital information exchange ship-shore and shore-shore, improved information services for pilots, increased situation awareness on the bridge and in the VTS centre, leading to safer and more efficient vessel movements in VTS and coastal areas.
Just what you want from a keynote speaker! A key figure in the industry to deliver the talk (Well done IHMA on persuading Francis Zachariae to attend :)) followed by a thoroughly enveloping and interesting exposition of the expanding role of VTS to reflect the congress theme. There are some who have suggested to me that VTS has gone as far as it should, in my view this is patently untrue and I really do believe that VTS capability will be a growing area. The difficulty now is that all this information is coming into VTS but it must be processed and understood, invariably with fewer people – that in my opinion is where technology should be helping more. Francis Zachariae has presented a good picture of the state of VTS.
Francis Zachariae, Secretary General, IALA
Creating an Integrated Statewide Vessel Scheduling System for Hawaii: A Network-Centric Approach to Optimize Port Operations
I found the title a little confusing, but all became clear when Captain Comnpagnoni made the point that ‘… Facebook has over 1 billion participants yet needs no handbook …’. Think about this for a moment. This presentation gave me considerable food for thought and should prompt many ideas – a novel perspective on age-old issues.
Captain Barry Compagnoni, Rtd U.S. Coast Guard
Determination of Vessel Traffic Capacity in Central London: A practical methodology
- Addressing the need to manage safely the growth in vessel traffic on the Thames in Central London
- Development of an innovative tool for assessing the level of service and level of safety of the port system
- Unlocking additional capacity through predictive modelling
Speaking as the person who identified the need for this work and commissioned it, I am of course somewhat conflicted, so the reader must regard these notes with care. In London there is a commonly held view that ‘…the river is quiet and so there is little reason not to remove more wharves, build more low bridges and yet more useless artistic structures in the fairway…’. The general public doesn’t understand that on a tidal river, high water traffic greatly exceeds that at low water and neither do they accept the Harbour Master’s word on things, they demand evidence. This study, which succeeded admirably provided the necessary evidence that there was indeed considerable traffic and furthermore provided a good indication of the capacity of the River Thames for more traffic. I would think this work would be of great interest to other ports on tidal rivers.
Bob Baker, Chief Harbour Master, Port of London Authority
Dr Ed Rogers, Director, Operations, Marico Marine
Overcoming the inability to predict – a PortCDM future
I have to say that I don’t believe we shall ever overcome the inability to predict within the maritime world, there are far too many variables, that said this was a useful insight into improving our predictive capability. Other readers of these notes I daresay will disagree with me on this but you have my thoughts here for what they are worth?
Associate Professor Mikael Lind, Research Manager, Viktoria Swedish ICT
THEME 3 – SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE
Grow this port – and make it an awesome place to live!
Captain Paulson presented an interesting viewpoint about his port.
Captain Gary Paulson, Harbour Master, Prince Rupert Port Authority, CAN
Governance, Reality, Perceptions and Social Licence: The forces affecting port expansion
- The range of effects of port expansion
- Identifying the players: responsible for investment and operations; other interested parties
- Decision frameworks
- Living with social licence
Professor Trevor D Heaver, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
smartPORT Hamburg, steering towards efficiency
- The Port of Hamburg prepared a bold vision based on worldwide megatrends such as digitalization
- For a future – proof port intelligent infrastructure is essential
- Successfully realized solutions and prototypes as interactive sounding tables are in use
I have heard Captain Pollman speak before, a very experienced Harbour Master with many new ideas he is always worth hearing and this presentation was customarily informative and most stimulating with ample practical detail to bring it alive. I envy Captain Pollman he appears to have a Board above him that embraces new ideas and technology and invests its money accordingly.
Captain Jörg Pollmann, Harbour Master, Port of Hamburg
Attempting to solve the maritime security conundrum as ports expand and traffic grows
- Context – The maritime security conundrum? A personal reflection
- How a Port might begin to solve the conundrum
- Case Studies: the London Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant
This was my own presentation so an objective assessment of whether I put my message across needs to be sought elsewhere. Nevertheless, my real thrust was to say that paying for port security is like paying for car parking – its grudge money and no-one likes doing it but the penalty of not paying can be great. I then went on to say how many modern port capabilities such as vehicle number plate recognition systems, hydrographic capability and VTS also had utility as security measures.
David Phillips MVO, Immediate Past Chief Harbour Master, Port of London and Marine Consultant
Climate Change Considerations for Port Infrastructure
- Understanding climate change
- Climate change adaptation, building capacity for future change, through raising awareness, data collection, monitoring and research
- Why climate change assessments should be prepared when planning port expansions
Jennifer Ogrodnick, Engineer, Baird & Associates
Ballast Water Management
In a relatively short space of time, this was an excellent and complete description of the whole Ballast water issue that should be of interest to all Harbour Masters
Yvette Myers, Regional Director, Marine Safety and Security Pacific Region, Transport Canada
Portable Pilot Units: Alleviating the challenges of manoeuvring large ships in confined waters
- Advances in PPU technology
- Innovative uses of PPUs to enhance port safety and efficiency
- Protecting port infrastructure with PPUs
Peter gave a convincing presentation to describe his highly regarded product and underlined the advantage of giving manufacturers then opportunity to present and demonstrate their equipment.
Peter Selwyn, Chief Executive, Navicom Dynamics, NZ
Optimising Channel Capacity with Cooperative Passage Plan Exchange
- e-Navigation technologies to improve cooperation by exchanging passage plans
- Migration path from VTS systems to fully integrated e-Navigation solutions
- HMI concepts to manage complex traffic situations to optimise Channel Capacity
The final talk of the day meant that Steve had the ‘graveyard slot’ and he did well to keep everyone’s interest to the end. Again I have experience of SIGNALIS, particularly their excellent VTS system
Stephen Furness, Senior Business Development and Services Manager, SIGNALIS