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

Technical Tours


Tour 1 – Fremantle Port Operational Areas Tour

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

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

Date: Friday 4 December 2020
Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Departs: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Returns: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Cost: Included in full registration

Ever wanted to pilot a container ship?  Step onto the hi-tech bridge simulators at HR Wallingford Australia Ship Simulation Centre and Fremantle Maritime Simulation Centre, located an easy 10-minute walk from the conference venue at the Fremantle Esplanade Hotel. This tour, which includes a technical presentation and simulator access, is based at two adjoining pilot training facilities in the heart of Fremantle.


Tour 3 – Coastal and Offshore Engineering Laboratory Tour, UWA Shenton Park Campus

Date: Friday 4 December 2020
Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Location: Coastal and Offshore Engineering Laboratory
UWA Shenton Park Campus
1 Underwood Avenue, Shenton Park
Cost: Included in full registration

The recently established Coastal and Offshore Engineering Laboratory (COEL) at the University of Western Australia is a 1900 m2 multi-purpose hydraulics laboratory space that has been designed to support research and industry-led projects across coastal and offshore engineering applications from the seabed to the surface, and from deep to shallow water.

Major facilities include:

  • An advanced, large-scale (54 m long) wave flume with dual wavemakers (piston and hinge) for both deep and shallow water wave applications;
  • A large O-tube (24 m diameter) capable of replicating natural wave-current flow conditions (including extremes) and sediment transport processes near the seabed in a controlled experimental environment;
  • A range of additional experimental facilities including recirculating current flumes, smaller O-tubes, and advanced instrumentation to support a range of applications.

An increasing area of focus at COEL has been on physical model testing for eco-hydraulics applications, including assessing nature-based flooding and erosion defence applications for coasts and waterways. These applications include assessing the hydrodynamic and erosion mitigation performance of natural features (e.g. model aquatic vegetation, coral reefs, mangroves and kelp forests) and nature-based structures such as artificial reefs.

This technical tour will provide a general overview of the COEL’s physical model testing applications relevant to coastal and port engineering and will showcase some of the recent applications relevant to nature-based flooding and erosion defence through live demonstrations.

Please note that delegates will need to make their own way to the Laboratory.

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