PIANC Technical Commissions

PIANC Commissions

Internationally, four PIANC Technical Commissions (EnviCom, InCom, MarCom, RecCom) cover the different areas of waterborne transport infrastructure: Environmental, Inland navigation, Maritime navigation, and Recreational navigation

These Commissions supervise the work carried out by PIANC experts in the respective Working Groups on subjects of interest. The reports prepared by these Working Groups are the core business of our Association.

PIANC A-NZ has national member representation on EnviCom, MarCom and RecCom.

We also have representation on PIANC Commission for Countries in Transition – International Co-operation (CoCom), and  Young Professionals ( YP-Com).

All our Commission Leads work very hard to ensure PIANC A-NZ stays connected and involved.

Finally, PIANC’s global finances and promotion/marketing are handled by FinCom and ProCom respectively.

FinCom and ProCom


Neil Lawson (as PIANC V-P)

Neil Lawson, Treasurer PIANC A-NZ, and Vice-President PIANC International

EnviCom - the Environmental Commission

EnviCom deals with both broad and very specific navigational sustainability and environmental risk-related issues of interest to PIANC that crosscut all PIANC areas, and partner activities.

Permanent Task Groups/Strategic Initiatives include: EU Water Framework Directive Navigation Task Group, Climate Change (PTG CC), Working with Nature Corresponding Group, Dredging and the Environment

EnviCom proactively develops and provides environmental guidance to support the Waterborne Transport Infrastructure Sector to strive for sustainability and to implement respective PIANC goals.

EnviCom pursues topics such as Working with Nature, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Risk Management, Dredging in environmental sensitive areas, Sustainable ports, Climate change adaptation, Carbon management, and Resilience.

Chairperson: Mr Todd Bridges (USA)

Members from 15 nations and 7 partner organisations

PIANC A-NZ EnviCom Members
Marika Calfas (PIANC A-NZ Lead)
Ron Cox (Member/ Co-Com representative)

MarCom - Maritime Navigation Commission

MarCom is responsible for dealing with maritime ports and navigation channels issues of interest to PIANC.

MarCom co-operates with other Commissions when issues can be seen to have a broader perspective, for example when they also have an environmental or inland impact and where relevant cross-commissions issues are concerned such as Working with Nature, Climate Change or approach to target countries.

MarCom also co-operates and communicates with other international organisations such as IMO, IAPH, IALA, IHMA, IAHR, IMPA, WODA, etc.

Chairperson: Mr Egbert van der Wal (The Netherlands)

Members from 19 nations and 1 partner organisation IAPH

PIANC A-NZ MarCom Members
Peter Fountain (PIANC A-NZ Lead)
Scott Keane (Alternate Member)

RecCom - Recreational Navigation Commission

Core activities of PIANC RecCom are setting up and managing:

  • Working Groups, for publication of reports;
  • The Marina Excellence Design ‘Jack Nichol’ Award (MEDA), for promoting excellence in marina design;
  • The Marina Design Training Program (MDTP): courses on marina design at an international level;
  • Outreach activities within PIANC events, with sister associations, and in marina industry events.

The Commission aims at providing high-level and state-of-the-art technical guidance in the fields of planning and design of sustainable recreational navigation infrastructure, including waterfront development and rehabilitation, and nautical tourism facilities.

RecCom collaborates with partners: ICOMIA, ICOMIA Marinas Group, GMI, the Yacht Harbour Association, Marina World, AMI. It seeks input and collaboration with the marina, yachting and tourism industries, as well as engineering and waterfront planning professional community.

Chairperson: Mr Esteban Biondi (Argentina)

Members from 24 nations, and partner organisation ICOMIA/IMG

PIANC A-NZ RecCom Member
Greg Britton (PIANC A-NZ Principal Representative)

Greg Britton, Deputy Chair PIANC A-NZ 2019

CoCom - International Co-Operation Commission

The main activities of CoCom include executing relevant parts of PIANC’s Strategic Plan; expanding the membership of PIANC by involving countries including those without QM status or National Sections in the Association; and promoting PIANC’s presence in Countries in Transition.

Co-Com aims to:

–  create effective tools and methods to disseminate and communicate information among countries without full National Sections;
– guide and assist in organising the quadrennial PIANC-COPEDEC Conference;
– organise regional seminars and workshops; regional programmes or other low-cost activities;
– develop new tools for knowledge transfer;
– develop networks with authorities and institutes in the countries or regions concerned;
– closely co-operate, whenever possible, with CoCom’s counterparts in Sister Organisations and
– seek outside funds in support of its activities.

Chairpersons: Mr Edward Schmeltz (USA) & Akula Rao (India)
Members from 15 nations

PIANC A-NZ CoCom Member

Ron Cox (as Member of CoCom Subcommittee 4 – logistic and financial support for Countries in Transition)

Ron Cox PIANC A-NZ Board

YPCom - Young Professionals Commission

Be part of this unique ‘Network of the Future’!

YP-Com encourages the creation of Young Professional groups globally,
– supports and co-ordinates the activities of Young Professional groups in new countries;
– introduces the needs and expectations of the Young Professionals on the agenda of the managing bodies of the Association;
– organises the Young Professional Award at the occasion of the PIANC World Congress,
– provides the content for the dedicated YP-Section of the PIANC website to the General Secretariat and
– contributes to the marketing and promotional activities of the Association with special regard to Young Professionals.

Chairperson:  Ms Eslie Vrolijk (The Netherlands)

Members from 30 nations

PIANC A-NZ YP-Com Members
Claire Treeby – Chair YP-Com ANZ
Rodney Hancock  – Asia-Pacific Vice-Chair
Matthew Prumm – PIANC International YP-Com Co-Chair