APAC Awards


Five major PIANC awards were presented at the APAC2020 Conference.  The awards set the basis for this conference and pave the way for many more to come in PIANC’s new biennial Asia Pacific Conference series. 

2020 Award Categories

PIANC APAC Young Author

Best paper presented by an author under the age of 40.

APAC2020 Winner: Nick Deussen
Paper:Tiwi Islands Ferry Landing Design – Remote Infrastructure that Serves a Community.


Awarded to an outstanding paper and presentation which celebrates the Conference theme:

APAC2020: Theme – Today and Tomorrow.   Winner: Dr Jason Antenucci  
Paper:Physical and Numerical Modelling to Evaluate Iron Ore Transhipment Design and Operations.

PIANC APAC Contribution Award

This award is presented to an individual for their commendable input to supporting PIANC including on working group/s and commissions.

APAC2020 Winner: Bob Lamont-Smith

About Bob: Bob is a recognised specialist in port planning and design of heavy structures and has served on a number of PIANC Working Groups, including WG184 Design Principles for Dry Bulk Marine Terminals (2019) and WG211 – Guidelines for the Design of Fender Systems.

PIANC APAC Progress Award

This award presented to an individual or team who have increased the positive influence of Waterborne Transport Infrastructure on the world or the lives of others. 

APAC2020 Winner: Dr Luke Twomey.

About Luke: Luke is the CEO of the Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI) and has contributed greatly to the industry through his research and his use of an integrated Economic/Social/Environment approach to problem solving. 

PIANC APAC Lifetime Achievement Award

For outstanding involvement and contribution to the Waterborne Transport Infrastructure industry.

APAC2020 Winner: Neil Lawson

About Neil: Serving currently as the vice president of PIANC International and previously for 18 years as the Chair of PIANC in Australia & New Zealand. Those involved in PIANC know that he always goes above and beyond to ensure that the association continues to thrive and grow.  Neil started work as a port engineer in the 1970s, has had a long and very successful career in the industry and continues to help shape its future.