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17:00 – 19:00 Pre-Congress Registration

18:00 – 20:00 Pre-Congress Registration Drinks | Harbour Master ‘Happy Hour’
Hobart Brewing Co. Brewery & Tap Room

08:00 Registration and morning coffee

09:00 IHMA President’s Welcome

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

09:10 Official Welcome

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania

09:20 HOSTS’ KEYNOTE | TasPorts Port Master Plan – Delivering a Coordinated Vision for Future Demand

Anthony Donald, CEO, TasPorts, Australia

09:50 Official Exhibition Opening and Morning Coffee

10:20 INDUSTRY FORECAST PANEL | 2020-2025: What is impacting us right now?

10:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS | The Future of Digitalization and Navigation

Francis Zachariae, Secretary-General/Secrétaire Général, IALA


11:00 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

11:20 Transitioning to a Digital Era: VTS Capabilities and Competence

Jillian Carson-Jackson, Director, JCJ Consulting, Australia

11:40 Cloud-Based “Local Port Services”

Andreas Reisenbauer, Principal System Architect, Frequentis AG, Austria

12:00 The Shift from Product to Services

Mark Pearson, Head Maritime Services, Airbus Defence and Space, Germany

12:20 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor

12:35 Lunch and networking within the exhibition


13:20 Matthew Turner Tasman Bridge Navigation Risk Assessment

Laurence Benn, Principal Engineer, OMC International, Australia
Sophie Grace, Executive General Manager Compliance, Safety & Sustainability, TasPorts, Australia

13:40 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

Myron Fernandes, Harbour Master – Port Hedland, Pilbara Ports Authority, Australia
Kirsty Timbury, Manager Marine, BHP, Australia

14:00 Port of Melbourne AtoN Asset Network: The new era in Digital Aids to Navigation Monitoring

  • The role digital connectivity has played in enhancing reliability, performance, management and maintenance of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay; one of the most hazardous port entrances in the world
  • How digital asset management, control and monitoring of both physical and virtual assets can lead to operational efficiency and improved accountability for many asset managers
  • The versatility of Star2M – satellite ready communications for AtoN assets, with added compatibility to third party systems and other technology platforms

Malcolm Nicholson, Global Product Manager – Marine, Sealite, Australia

14:20 Future Technology for Future Improvements

  • Leading edge and futuristic technologies that helps ports and pilots
  • Next generation portable pilot units
  • Future of the electronic charting software
  • Technologies that helps for ports in managing piloting tasks

Samitha Ransara, Engineering & Production Lead, Navicom Dynamics, NZ

14:40 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

15:00 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor

15:15 Afternoon tea and networking within the exhibition


15:45 International Standard for Bollard Pull Trials

Marinus Jansen, Technical Innovations Manager, Rotortug BV, The Netherlands

16:05 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

Lara Griffin, Director, Fendercare, UK
Andy Sawyer, Technical Director, Fendercare, UK

16:25 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


16:45 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

17:05 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

17:25 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor


Ferry departs Brook St Pier

08:00 Registration and morning coffee

09:00 IHMA Welcome

09:10 INDUSTRY FORECAST PANEL | 2025-2040: What is planning is needed to meet the demands of the next 20 years?


09:30 Smart Port Strategy: Linking the Entire Port Ecosystem

David Lucido, Managing Director, Sentient Hubs, Australia

09:50 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
Capt John Finch, GM Operation / Harbourmaster, Pilbara Ports Authority, Australia

10:10 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

10:30 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

10:50 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor

11:10 Morning tea and networking within the exhibition


11:40 Modern Port Management Information Systems (PMIS)

Dr Tim Wilkes, Head of Technology, Marico Marine, UK

12:00 Improving Change Management Efficacy through Simulation

Alden Main, Simulation Manager, Fremantle Maritime Simulation Centre, Australia

12:20 Designing a Highly Reliable Port for Australia’s Future

Ben Brooks, Senior Research Fellow, Seafaring, Australian Maritime College, Australia
Capt Jeanine Drummond, Harbour Master – Newcastle & Yamba, Port Authority of New South Wales, Australia

12:40 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

13:00 Digitizing the Waterfront

  • Revolutionizing the working waterfront technology and Big Data are key factors in the shaping of the modern working waterfront

Matthew Prumm, Global Lead – Business Development, Seaport OPX, Australia

13:20 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor

13:40 Lunch and networking within the exhibition


14:40 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

15:00 Safely Navigating Cybersecurity Risk: Digitisation and Automation of Port Operations

Glenn Murray, Chief Executive, Sapien Cyber, Australia

15:20 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor

15:30 Afternoon tea and networking within the exhibition


16:00 Port Operators’ Liabilities and Risk Management

Francis Lansakara, Council Member, The Singapore Nautical Institute, Singapore

16:20 Container Shipping and Pilotage: A Race against Time

John Dolan, Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, Charles Taylor & Co. Limited, UK
Presented by: Capt Paul O’Regan, Chief Operations Officer & Harbour Master, Port of Cork Company, Ireland

16:40 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor


08:00 Registration and morning coffee

09:00 IHMA Welcome

09:05 INDUSTRY FORECAST PANEL | Beyond 2040: What does the future hold?

09:25 Young Maritime Professionals Pitching Competition

  • 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

10:20 Morning tea and networking within the exhibition

10:40 IHMA OGM hosted in the conference room

11:40 PANEL | Women in Maritime

Capt Carita Roonqvist, Harbour Master, Port of Kokkola, Finland and Vice-President, IHMA
Capt Jeanine Drummond, Harbour Master – Newcastle & Yamba, Port Authority of New South Wales, Australia and WISTA
Jillian Carson-Jackson, Director, JCJ Consulting, Australia and Nautical Institute


12:20 Adapting Pilotage in the Digital Age

John Lloyd, Chief Executive, The Nautical Institute, UK

12:40 Training the Next Wave: The ABP Academy

Capt Gary Wilson, Head of Marine, Associated British Ports (ABP), UK

13:00 Maritime skills in the era of digital disruption

Prashant Bhaskar, Director, National Centre for Ports & Shipping, Australia

13:20 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor

13:40 Lunch and networking within the exhibition


14:30 Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applied to the Tug Innovation

Julian Oggel, Managing Director, Novatug BV, The Netherland

14:50 The Tug of the Future: Safer and Greener

James Hyslop, Manager, Project Development, Robert Allan, Canada

15:10 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)

15:30 Ask the experts | Your chance to ask questions from the floor

15:45 Launch of 2022 Congress – Welcome from Port Klang


18:30 IHMA GALA & AWARDS DINNER (including Pre-dinner drinks)


08:00 – 17:30    Australian Maritime College, Launceston

We will visit the Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania, on the banks of the beautiful Tamar River in Launceston. Globally recognised as being a centre for excellence, the AMC is Australia’s national institute for maritime education, training and research. The group will enjoy a guided tour of the multi-million dollar suite of specialist teaching, learning and research facilities including the Cavitation Laboratory, the Maritime Simulation Centre and Towing Tank and Model Test Basin. We will enjoy lunch at Josef Chromy Wines, listed as one of the Top 10 Cellar Doors of Australia, before returning, via coach to Hobart.