PPA to host 2nd PIANC-YP Com Asian Seminar

MANILA, APRIL 8, 2016—PIANC Philippines, through the Philippine Ports Authority, is hosting the 2nd PIANC YP-Com Asian Seminar to prepare the Young Professionals for future port developments.

To be held at the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila, the event is expected to attract YPs from the different Permanent International Association of Navigational Congresses (PIANC) member economies along the Asia-Pacific rim.

The seminar will highlight the latest technologies and best practices to come-up with a sustainable port development plan amid the challenges brought about by Climate Change.

“Climate change is a continuing challenge and port authorities and plan managers need to consider for a sustainable port development,” PIANC Secretary General Louis Van Schel said.

“With issues clouting our waterborne infrastructure right now, it is but high time for us to conduct such workshop to come up with the most appropriate short-term and long-term solutions to address rising sea level change, and the impact of climate change on port infrastructure,” PPA Assistant General Manager for Engineering Tomas B. Carlos, for his part, said.

“The workshop will bring together young professionals from various countries to identify critical challenges, advancements, and new directions in technical, economic and environmental issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructures,” Carlos added.

During the 3-day seminar, the attendees will be showcased to the different programs and experiences from several invited speakers as well as sustainable port development experts from here and abroad. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will likewise boast its Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and the Batangas Port, two of the country’s top major gateway ports, to the delegates and as a testament to the success of the Philippines’s Public-Private Partnership scheme.

Aside from the PPA and PIANC Philippines, supporting the seminar include Trelleborg Marine Systems, Mer Lion Metals Pte Ltd, Geoworks International Corporation, Tencate Geosynthetics, FW Nicol Philippines, Inc., Struct 1 and Hicor.

Established in 1885, PIANC continues to be the leading partner for government and private sector in the design, development and maintenance of ports, waterways and coastal areas.

As a non-political and non-profit organization, PIANC brings together the best international experts on technical, economic and environmental issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructures. Members include national governments and public authorities, corporations and interested individuals.

Currently, there are 18 areas worldwide where PIANC forged partnerships that include Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the USA.