MarCom WG 164 – additional members required!

Call out for PIANC ANZ representation – additional members are required on MarCom Working Group 164Upgrade of port berths by increasing dredged depth.

Objectives of MarCom WG164:

The objective of the Working Group is to provide guidance to port and terminal owners, designers and dredging and contractor companies in order to address the problem of upgrading existing terminals when increased depth is needed at the toe of the structures. Guidelines and Recommendations issued by the Working Group have to be considered as additional to existing Standards related to geotechnical and structural aspects involved.

The Working Group will provide guidance on the following subjects:

  • criteria for survey and assessment of existing structures;
  • criteria for setting reliability and serviceability criteria for the geotechnical and structural aspects taking into consideration increased service life;
  • alternatives for geotechnical and/or structural improvement techniques according to structural type, ground conditions and dredging operations to be performed;
  • dredging techniques and constraints according to soil conditions and structural types;
  • consideration of extreme events i.e. earthquakes in design and setting safety and performance criteria.

See here for WG164 Full Terms of Reference.

Disciplines that should be covered by the Working Group are: port or terminal owners, experts in engineering design (soil mechanics and structural design of port facilities), contractors, companies specialized in soil improvement techniques and dredging companies.

How to Apply

If you would like to represent the Australian & New Zealand National Section of PIANC on this Working Group please apply to the ANZ Board.

Many of our members are currently active on a number of PIANC Working Groups and they do produce significant outcomes that benefit maritime matters in our region.

How to Apply:
Please forward your application before COB Monday 19 April 2021 to:
Peter Fountain MarCom Commission Lead ANZ)  E:
and Greg Britton, (Head Commission Lead ANZ) E:

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

1. Your experience in the particular technical field;
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 TAP funding; and
5. Whether you qualify as a Young Professional.

All nominations must be received no later than 19 April 2021

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 ANZ 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 TAP, up to $2,000 funds are payable post travel upon the successful completion of a WG Summary Report and production of relevant travel receipts.

For other working group callouts please see

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