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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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


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
Michael Gallacher, Ports Australia Chief Executive Officer

2:05pm – 2:35pm Opening Addresses
Grant Gilfillan, Chair of Ports Australia,
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 World Ports Sustainability Initiatives
Jason Sprott, Sprott Planning & Environment

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

4:20pm – 4:50pm Marine Biosecurity – A Look Ahead
Susan Kropman, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

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

6:40pm                         Drinks
Rydges Southbank

7:00pm                         Dinner
Rydges Southbank

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
Ian Vanderbeek, Aviator Group

9:20am – 9:55am Management of the Largest Tanker into Newcastle
Peter O'Brien, OMC International

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

10:25am – 10:45am Morning Tea

10:45am – 11:15am Shipping – The Transition to Low Sulphur Fuel and Beyond
Matt Johnston, Australian Maritime Safety Authority

11:15am – 11:50am Future of Cargo Shipping Globally & Down Under
Peter Creeden, MPC International

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

12:20 – 12:55pm Lunch

12:55pm – 13:20pm RoRo Coastal Shipping Developments at the Port of Mackay
Darren Fursman, North Queensland Bulk Portsundefined

13:20pm – 13:50pm Innovative Human Resource Management
Luke Bettesworth, Engage Marine

13:50am – 14:20pm Port Financial Blockages
Marcus John, TT Club

14:20pm – 14:50pm Innovations in Stevdoring
Emmanuel Papagiannakis, Victorian International Container Terminal

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

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

Must be organised independently. Discount accommodation at the Rydges is available by using the corporate ID PORTSAUS when booking.

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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