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Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

18:00 – 19:00 Pre-Congress Icebreaker| Harbour Master Virtual ‘Happy Brew Hour’

This session will include the following presentations and activities:

IHMA President’s Welcome
Capt Allan Gray, President & CEO, Port of Halifax, Canada & President, IHMA

Introduction to the IHMA Papers Committee and ExCO

TasPorts Welcome
Anthony Donald, CEO, TasPorts, Australia

AMC Welcome
Dr Prashant Bhaskar, Director, National Centre for Ports & Shipping, Australian Maritime College, Australia

Group and individual networking sessions
Time to conduct 1:1 meetings with attendees or join some of the live industry group discussions

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

13:00 IHMA Welcome

13:10 Official Welcome
Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania

13:20 HOSTS’ KEYNOTE | TasPorts Port Master Plan – Delivering a Coordinated Vision for Future Demand
Anthony Donald, CEO, TasPorts, Australia
Sophie Grace, Executive General Manager Compliance, Safety & Sustainability, TasPorts, Australia

13:50 INDUSTRY FORECAST PANEL | 2020-2025: What is impacting us right now?

14:20 Networking


15:00 Future VTS – New international Guidelines and a digital world?
Neil Trainor, Principal Advisor Vessel Traffic Services, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Australia
Kerrie Abercrombie, Advisor Vessel Traffic Services, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Australia

15:30 KEYNOTE | Transitioning to a Digital Era: VTS Capabilities and Competence
Jillian Carson-Jackson, President, The Nautical Institute

16:00 Advances in AI and Machine Learning for the Maritime Industry
Pavel Skournik, Head of Port Management, Saab, Vancouver

16:30 Networking

17:00 Tasman Bridge Navigation Risk Assessment
Laurence Benn, Principal Engineer, OMC International, Australia

17:30 Managing Channel Risk in Collaboration with Port Users – Port Hedland Case Study

  • How to assess and manage navigation and channel blockage risk in a high-traffic, single navigation channel port with approximately 3000 large capesize ships visiting Port Hedland each year
  • Quantifying channel risk using latest technology and industry leading studies
  • Mitigating and managing channel risk in a multi-user port using a collaborative framework with key stakeholders including pilots and towage providers

Heathcliff Pimento, Harbour Master – Port Hedland, Pilbara Ports Authority, Australia
Kirsty Timbury, Manager Marine, BHP, Australia

18:00 A Digital Nautical Chart for the Future

  • Why is hydrographic data important for ports and navigational safety?
  • Benefits of software to help modernise the process of managing hydrographic data and visualising navigational depth within a port, as well as assist projects such as dredging or construction
  • Overview of recent projects and case studies

Dylan Colson, Director, Navigate Hydrographic, Australia

18:30 Networking

19:00 Cloud-Based “Local Port Services”
Andreas Reisenbauer, Principal System Architect, Frequentis AG, Austria

19:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS | The Future of Digitalization and Navigation
Francis Zachariae, Secretary-General/Secrétaire Général, IALA

20:00 End of LIVE conference sessions for the day

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

13:00 Welcome + Summary of key highlights from Day One


13:10 If You Build It, They Will Use It: Development & Use of the ‘AMSA Pilot’ Mobile App
Conrad Adams, Principal Advisor – Coastal Pilotage, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Australia

13:40 Tightening up MPX: Introduction of eMPX

  • Rethinking MPX – there is a wide variety of ways of doing it on paper at present, with little or no conformity about it
  • Introduction of eMPX – the idea is to create a level of standardisation and improve the Shared Mental Model to reduce accident rates, and improve record keeping

Stefan Fortuin, Manager Innovation Team, Ports of Auckland, NZ

14:10 Smart Port Strategy: Linking the Entire Port Ecosystem
David Lucido, Managing Director, Sentient Hubs, Australia

14:40 Networking

15:10 Leveraging Digital Technologies for Growth at the World’s Largest Bulk Export Port

  • Port Hedland is world’s largest bulk export port and has implemented numerous innovative technologies to manage risk and optimise operations
  • The Dynamic Port Capacity Model is one example that has been utilised to identify latent port capacity, understand the implications of future scenarios, and drive investment and operational decisions

Peter O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, OMC International, Australia
Lyle Banks, General Manager of Trade and Development, Pilbara Ports Authority, Australia

15:40 Step by Step Approach in Digitization

  • Focus on minimum set of locations
  • Focus on minimum set of timestamps per location

Capt B.R.J. van Scherpenzeel, Chairman, International Taskforce Port Call Optimization, The Netherlands

16:10 Data Transmission using ‘Smart Telemetry’

  • Why data transmission is so important?
  • How telemetry is used and who uses it?
  • What do we mean by the term ‘Smart Telemetry’?
  • Smart Telemetry in practise in Ports and Coastal Authorities

John Pepper, Marketing Director, OceanWise, UK

16:40 Networking

17:10 Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applied to the Tug Innovation
Julian Oggel, Managing Director, Novatug BV, The Netherlands

17:40 International Standard for Bollard Pull Trials
Marinus Jansen, Technical Innovations Manager, Rotortug BV, The Netherlands

18:10 Determining the Required Safe Bollard Capacity Ashore

  • The theory behind the improved shared philosophy by Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR), Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and PIANC WG186 (Safe Mooring of Large Ships at Quay Walls)

Capt Jörg Pollmann, Harbourmaster, Hamburg Port Authority, Germany

18:40 Bollards – The Cinderella of Quayside Equipment

  • The safety critical role of bollards
  • Is there is a case for a publicly available specification (PAS) for the most common materials from which bollards are manufactured together with coatings and quality requirements?
  • In the best interest of the end user, who should buy the equipment that goes on a quayside?
  • Methods that may produce better data for use in assessing the risks associated with bollard use

Richard Gate, Technical Director, Fendercare, UK

19:10 TRIVIA SESSION – Key learnings to date
Attendees will be placed in random teams to network and review some of the information from the presentations to date

20:00 End of LIVE conference sessions for the day

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

13:00 Welcome + Summary of key highlights from Day Two


13:10 Improving Change Management Efficacy through Simulation
Alden Main, Simulation Manager, Fremantle Maritime Simulation Centre, Australia

13:40 Optimising Port Operations in the VUCA World: Minifying the Blue Economy Bottlenecks

  • Collaboration and Innovation – Strategic Planning, infrastructure investment and innovative use of technology
  • Change Management and Integrated Business Management Systems
  • Preparing for the future – A road map

Capt Arun Rampal, Marine Manager, Port of Melbourne, Australia

14:10 Enhancing Safety and Boosting Operability at Berth through Digital Mooring Technology

  • Minimise the Risk of Mooring Operations, Increase Berth Utility & Reduce Delays through a Digital Operational Framework

Prema Bhautoo, Manager – Port Services, Seaport OPX, Australia

14:40 Networking

15:20 INDUSTRY FORECAST PANEL | 2025-2040: What is planning is needed to meet the demands of the next 20 years?
Capt Peter Martin, Master Mariner, Commander RAN, Australian Maritime College, Australia

16:00 Safely Navigating Cybersecurity Risk: Digitisation and Automation of Port Operations
Glenn Murray, Chief Executive, Sapien Cyber, Australia

16:30 Port Operators’ Liabilities and Risk Management
Francis Lansakara, Council Member, The Singapore Nautical Institute, Singapore

17:00 Networking

17:30 Modern Port Management Information Systems (PMIS)
Dr Tim Wilkes, Head of Technology, Marico Marine, UK

18:00 Container Shipping and Pilotage: A Race against Time
John Dolan, Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, Charles Taylor & Co. Limited, UK

18:30 A Harbour Master Perspective on Drones in Ports: The Business Case, Impacts, Risks and Opportunities

  • What type of drone operations will we see in future?
  • How can drones support the Harbour Masters’ tasks?
  • How to cope with an airspace full of drones above a port area, full of risks?

Ingrid Römers, Senior Advisor, Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

19:00 End of LIVE conference sessions for the day

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

13:00 Welcome + Summary of key highlights from Day Three


13:10 Newcastle Port Case Study: Vessel Arrival System – Enhancing Port Safety, Efficiency and Reducing Environmental Effects
Bruce Cooper, Senior Manager, Port Services – Newcastle, Port Authority of New South Wales, Australia

13:40 The Tug of the Future: Safer and Greener
James Hyslop, Manager, Project Development, Robert Allan, Canada

14:10 A New Mindset: Efficiency and Visibility Across the Supply Chain for a Greener Planet
Argyris Stasinakis, Executive Partner, MarineTraffic, UK (IMO Global Industry Alliance Representative)

14:40 Networking

15:10 INDUSTRY FORECAST PANEL | Beyond 2040: What does the future hold?

15:40 Maritime skills in the era of digital disruption
Dr Prashant Bhaskar, Director, National Centre for Ports & Shipping, Australian Maritime College, Australia

16:10 Adapting Pilotage in the Digital Age
John Lloyd, Chief Executive, The Nautical Institute, UK

16:40 Training the Next Wave: The ABP Academy
Capt Gary Wilson, Head of Marine, Associated British Ports (ABP), UK

17:10 PANEL | Women in Maritime
Capt Carita Rönnqvist, Harbour Master, Port of Kokkola, Finland and Vice-President, IHMA
Jillian Carson-Jackson, Director, JCJ Consulting, Australia and Nautical Institute

17:40 Networking

18:00 Introduction to the IHMA Young Maritime Professionals Pitching Competition Finalists


An Automated Future
Kayode Akinrinlola, Business Excellence Officer, Associated British Ports

Modern Sextant
Nick Bonser, Senior Advisor Nautical & Hydrography, Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Risk Management & Modelling for MASS
Ricky Rouse, Marine Pilot – Newcastle, Port Authority of NSW

Integration of Existing Quayside Equipment into the Automated Port
Jay Stephens, Project Engineer, Fendercare Marine

Port Intergrated Intelligence – Pii
Isabel Waterfall, Marine Operations Officer Apprentice & Matt Rattenbury, Port Marine Operations Officer, Associated British Ports

18:30 Group and individual networking sessions
Time to conduct 1:1 meetings with attendees or join some of the live industry group discussions

19:00 Closing remarks – End of LIVE conference sessions for the day