Working Group Call-Out! WG 240 – Ports in Small Island Countries.

Call out for PIANC ANZ representation on new MarCom Working Group

Objectives of MarCom WG240 – Guidance for ports in small island countries: To provide a guidance document specific to the needs of small island ports, covering best practice port planning, design and construction, efficiency and safety in port and terminal operations, environmental safeguards, implementation of sustainable technologies, and natural hazard response planning.

About WG 240 

Since the WG 97 Ports located in small islands (2008) report was published, PIANC has prepared or updated a number of guidelines relating to environmental management, the planning, design and construction of port infrastructure, and to its inspection, maintenance and repair. 

These guidelines are highly relevant to the developing island states however there is a need for planning and engineering solutions which give appropriate recognition to the problems posed by remoteness, limited capabilities and sensitive environments. 

 A number of these island states have experienced difficulty in adapting such guidelines in the face of these challenges.   

The proposed new guideline would update and extend WG 97, providing assistance in the application of the PIANC guidelines in a manner reflecting the conditions faced by the island states. Such a working group should attract keen participation by the island states.  

See here for WG240 Full Terms of Reference.

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. 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.

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 Friday 16 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 16 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.

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