Australian Ports Business and Operational Conference

Townsville June 26th and 27th 2019

The Australian Ports Business and Operational Conference is for people involved in the everyday running and management of Ports. If you are involved or interested in the management of Ports and maritime services then this event is a perfect opportunity for you, no matter what level or role,  to gain valuable industry knowledge and meet experts in your relevant field.

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Topics Include

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Developments in IMO 2020 Low Sulphur Fuel Impacts
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Labour Solutions in the Maritime Sector

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World Ports Sustainability Initiative
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Tidal Energy Usage
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International and Australian Dredging and Sediment Management Practices
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Climate Change Management
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The Future of Shipping
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Building Ports for the Future
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Innovative Terminal Operations
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Rydges Southbank Townsville
Wednesday 26th of June | Thursday 27th of June | 2019

Day 1 - Wednesday 26 June 2019
10:30am – 12:30pm Townsville Port Tour

1:15pm – 2:00pm Registration and Light Lunch

2:00pm – 2:05pm Welcome to Delegates and Opening
Micheal Gallacher, Ports Australia Chief Executive Officer

2:05pm – 2:35pm Opening Addresses
Grant Gilfillan, Chair of Ports Australia, and Mark Bailey, Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

2:35pm – 2:45pm Questions for the Minister

2:45pm – 3:15pm Future Townsville Port Planning & Developments
Ranee Crosby, Port of Townsville

3:15pm – 3:35pm Afternoon Tea

3:35pm – 4:05pm International Sediment Management Practices
Paul Doyle, NQBP

3:50pm – 4:20pm Planning Tool for Climate Change
Simon Mortensen, DHI

4:20pm – 4:50pm World Ports Sustainability Initiatives
Jason Sprott, Sprott Planning & Environment  

4:50pm – 5:20pm Application of Tidal Energy
Richard Haward, Gladstone Ports Corporation

6:45pm - 7pm Dinner Wednesday 26 June 2019

Day 2 - Thursday 27 June 2019
8:45am – 8:55am Welcome
Renita Garard (OAM), Chair of the Port of Townsville

8:50am – 9:20am Developments in the Transfer of Pilots
Aviator Group

9:20am – 9:55am Management of the Largest Tanker into Newcastle
OMC, Port of Newcastle & Port Authority of NSW

9:55am – 10:25am FSRU/FSU/LNG Installations
Andrew Brown, Smit Lamnalco

10:25am – 10:45am Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:15am IMO 2020 Decision Impact and Planning for Greenhouse Gases

11:15am – 11:50am Future of Cargo Shipping Down Under Speaker TBA

11:50am – 12:20pm Future of Cruise Operations in Australia
Jill Abel, Australian Cruise Association

12:20 – 12:55pm Lunch

12:55pm – 13:20pm Innovations in Stevdoring
Anders Dommestrup, Victorian International Container Terminal

13:20pm – 13:50pm Port Financial Blockages
Marcus John, TT Club

13:50am – 14:20pm Innovative Human Resource Management
Mark Malone, Engage Marine

14:20pm – 14:50pm TBD

14:50pm – 15:00pm Conference Close
Michael Gallacher, Ports Australia

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Event Details

Venue: Rydges Townsville, 23 Palmer Street, Townsville QLD 4810  +61 7 4726 5265
Date: 10:00 am 26th June to 03:00 pm 27th June


Early Bird Pricing
$880 inc GST for Ports Australia members
$1050 inc GST for non-members

*Early bird pricing will strictly end on 30 April

Regular Pricing
$990 inc GST for Members
$1250 inc GST for Non-members

Fine Print

Each delegate must fill out a registration form, we cannot accept one form for multiple delegates. We apologise for any inconveniences. Registration includes access to the two-day conference, port tour, conference dinner (26th June) and a conference pack. Accommodation must be organised independently. Discount accommodation at the Rydges is available by using a discount code provided at registration.

Registration Refund Policy: Cancellations up to 10 days before the Conference are eligible for a full refund, within 10 days is a 50% refund.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a small number of sponsorship opportunities available. For organisations interested in sponsoring parts of the conference please download the sponsorship package and get in touch.

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