PIANC APAC 2020 is a biennial conference series focusing on harbours, ports and recreational boating in the Asia Pacific region.

Technical Tours

Date: Friday 4 December 2020
Time: 9.00am – 11.30am
Departs: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Returns: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Cost: Included in full registration


Tour 1 – Fremantle Port Operational Areas Tour

Join a guided bus tour through Fremantle Port.  We will be driving through the two container terminals, Patrick and DP World, an Empty Container Park operated by Qube and the North Quay Rail Terminal operated by Intermodal Logistics Services.

Hosted by senior logistics personnel from Fremantle Ports, you will be joined at each stop by operational personnel from each business providing you with a unique and a first-hand account of how Fremantle Port is eliminating port queuing and achieves the highest metropolitan percentage on rail, the best truck turn time and one of the best container rates in Australia.

A demonstration of the award-winning Truck Control and Congestion Management Systems will also be included.


Tour 2 – Fremantle Ship Simulation Tour

Delegates will have an opportunity to see and try out the ship and tug simulators at HR Wallingford’s state-of-the-art Australia Ship Simulation Centre.  Recently HR Wallingford has added two new purpose-built simulators to its existing four simulators, bringing the total number of simulators that it owns and operates there to six. This makes it one of the largest ship simulation centres in Australia and allows a full manoeuvring team (including pilots, tug masters and vessel traffic service (VTS) operators) to conduct integrated and immersive full port scenarios.  All of the simulators can be linked together to represent a single virtual port environment or run separately to allow for a number of scenarios at one time.  HR Wallingford have extensively used one or more of its simulators for comprehensive port design and training work in Australia.

Delegates will be able to pilot a ship into Port Hedland, get the basics of driving some of the most advanced tugboats in the world and take a virtual trip along a cruise down the River Thames in London.


Tour 3 – Fremantle Local Marina Facilities Tour

Take a bus tour of local boating facilities, including Challenger Harbour, the largest small boat harbour in Western Australia comprising 600 plus commercial and recreational pens, five jetties, three wharves and fuelling facilities. More details to follow.

Key Dates

14 August 2020               
Abstract Submission (Round 2) Deadline (midnight AEST)

28 August 2020               
Authors advised of Submission Outcome

18 September 2020       
Earlybird Registration Closes

25 September 2020       
Speaker Registration Deadline

Additional enquiries should be directed to the Conference Secretariat: Encanta Event Management T: +61 3 9863 7609 E: lexie.duncan@encanta.com.au