Four new MarCom Working Groups: apply now!

PIANC International is kicking off four new MarCom Working Groups! We encourage you to apply – please note the due date is very soon – COB Friday 11 August.

MarCom WG 248: “Guidelines For Onshore Power Supply (Ops) For Ships” – ToR
The purpose of this Working Group is to develop an international guideline for planning, design, finance, implementation and operations as well as maintenance of Onshore Power Supply  (OPS) to ships while in harbour, including an assessment of future uses of OPS within a port´s micro-grid. 

MarCom WG 250 “Breakwaters With Vertical And Inclined Concrete Walls – Update MarCom WG 28 – ToR”
This Working Group aims to provide guidelines for vertical breakwaters design, including performance (hydraulic response, displacements …) in relation with construction and survey methods. Earlier reports to be reviewed – PIANC MarCom WG 28: Breakwaters with vertical and inclined concrete walls (2003) & MarCom WG 196: Criteria for the Selection of Breakwater Types and their Related Optimum Safety Levels (2016)

MarCom WG 251 “Guidance On The Design Of Parted Mooring Line Arresting Systems “- ToR. Objectives are to provide guidance on risk and reliability informed design of parted mooring line arresting systems and guidance on the quantification of design energy, reactions, and probability of parted mooring line events. 

MarCom WG 252 “Safety By Design Of Maritime Infrastructure Projects – ToR
The objective for this new working group will be to provide a guidance document how a Goal Zero ambition on occupational health and safety could be achieved. It should include a clear process from safety in planning, design and execution (reference to existing documents), roles and responsibilities, hardware (tools) and skills displayed through best practices in the major fields of maritime infrastructure project delivery. The document should give clear guidance to different stakeholders within the projects to raise safety performance within the design phase of Maritime Infrastructure Projects. For the construction phase there are good practical standards readily available, which should be referenced. 

Interested in being part of an International Working Group?
If you would like to represent the Australian & New Zealand National Section of PIANC on any of these Working Groups please apply to the A&NZ Board. Many of our members are currently active on a number of PIANC Working Groups and they produce significant outcomes that benefit maritime matters in our region. They also bring significant benefits to participants who get to meet, learn from and share with global experts.

Please advise if you qualify as a Young Professional (YP – 40 years or younger) as there are two positions available in each Working Group, one of which is for a YP.

How to Apply:
Please forward your application before COB Friday 11 August 2023 to:

Greg Britton, (Technical Commission Lead A&NZ) E: and Scott Keane, MarCom A&NZ Lead E:
Please also cc Paul Weston, EO for PIANC A&NZ E:

Process for Applications

Your application should include a detailed CV/Resume with a short covering letter outlining:

1. Your experience in the particular technical field; see expertise list above.
2. Why the WG is relevant for the Australian / NZ content and the direct benefits of participation;
3. A commitment that you will prepare (for distribution to all members) a short report providing an overview & outcomes of the WG etc;
4. Whether or not you are seeking to access Travel Assistance Policy (TAP )funding; and
5. Whether you qualify as a Young Professional.

Please note that Working Group Members need to be Individual Members of PIANC, working for a Corporate Member or Platinum Partner, be an invited expert or a be a member of a Sister Organisation.

A Selection Committee will review all nominations received and make a final recommendation to the PIANC A&NZ Chair.

Please be aware that membership of a Working Group does require your active participation. This includes attending Working Group meetings (pre-Covid -19 this was usually at international locations) or as a ‘Corresponding Member’ if you do not want to undertake the normal travel requirements of full membership. If you are expert in the field and would like to influence the outcome of the Working Group we encourage you to participate as fully as you are able.

All costs associated with membership must be borne by either yourself or your employer, however PIANC Australia & New Zealand has a Travel Assistance Policy to partially assist with travel & attendance at Working Group meetings, in order to promote Australian and New Zealand technical input into these important WG activities. 

Under the PIANC A&NZ Travel Assistance Policy (TAP), up to $2,000 funds may be payable post travel upon the successful completion of a WG Summary Report and production of relevant travel receipts.

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