RecCom WG254 Call out! Design Guidelines for Superyacht Facilities

Close of applications Monday 22 January 2024


The objective of this new Recreational Commission (RecCom) Working Group is to revise and update the report published in 2012 (WG 134) to provide updated practical guidance for design, considering new information on vessel data, design trends and sustainability requirements. Download full Terms of Reference!

In the last decade, the evolution of the worldwide superyacht fleet, experience in marina design, feedback from users of the report, and new sustainability and climate mitigation trends have prompted the need to provide updated guidelines. Specific issues include: 

– Increase in the size of superyachts demands updates in the geometrical design guidelines, 
– Increase in the size of superyachts demands updates in the utility design guidelines, 
– further description of berthing systems, including additional design guidance, has been identified by report users as beneficial, 
– issues regarding the interpretation of previous report recommendations (e.g. geometrical design of fairways adjacent to side-tie berthing, etc) suggests clarifications will be beneficial, 
– updating or expanding operational requirements that influence design will be beneficial, 
– ensuring compatibility with WG 148, other sustainability and climate mitigation recommendations, and recent sustainability PIANC reports is recommended, 
– significant innovations in new propulsion systems for superyachts should be addressed and additional reference to ongoing WG 217 (as appropriate) should be considered. 

RecCom believes that the revised report should promote design approaches that explicitly target sustainability comprehensively, including climate mitigation and adaptation, as intrinsic requirements of planning and design best practices.  Download full Terms of Reference!

Interested in being part of this International Working Group?

If you would like to represent the Australian & New Zealand National Section of PIANC on this Recreational Commission Working Group please apply to the AU-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 Monday 22 January 2024 to PIANC AU-NZ Technical Commission Lead.

Apply to Greg Britton, (RecCom & Technical Commission Lead AU-NZ)
E: – you must also cc Paul Weston, EO for PIANC AU-NZ

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 AU-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 AU-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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