01 - 02 March, 2018 | Sydney

Conference Day One: Thursday, 1st March 2018

7:00 am - 9:00 am WORKSHOP C: Managing Port Infrastructure Upgrade Projects Successfully for Stakeholder Approval

9:00 am - 12:00 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 am - 9:40 am Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Conference Chair:

9:40 am - 10:20 am CASE STUDY: Geraldton Port’s Updated Cruise Vessel Accommodation

Leon Strydom - Harbour Master, Mid West Port
Geraldton Port has transitioned to a reliable port and a cruise vessel destination of preference. However, this hasn’t always been the case. Learn how the port’s management team in partnership with a motivated community solved its reliability challenges.

  • Port reliability challenges; meeting them head on
  • Harnessing community energy to overcome key issues and develop the local economy as well
  • Mooring innovation to improve port services to the cruise sector

Leon Strydom

Harbour Master
Mid West Port

10:20 am - 11:00 am CASE STUDY: Designing Cruise Terminals to Match Passenger Expectations with Destination Contexts

David Holm - Director, Cox Architecture


David Holm

Cox Architecture

11:00 am - 11:20 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:50 am - 12:50 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS: Contemporary Cruise Terminal Design

Not only will you hear peer-to-peer led case studies and best practice, you will also receive focused thought leadership and insight into Cruise Ship Infrastructure. How will the IDGs run?

  • The entire audience will break up into one of two tables
  • Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by a thought leader in the space
  • Each delegate will have the opportunity to rotate through the two topics every 30 minutes.
  • All delegates get the opportunity to ask their most pressing questions and challenges to the facilitator

Table One

11:50 am - 12:50 pm Designing Cruise Terminal Design to Match Passenger Expectations with Destination Contexts
David Holm - Director, Cox Architecture
Cruise terminal facilities are often given a less than desirable position and amenity in the urban context. This session will discuss the innovation of terminal design so that passenger expectations of their destination are met when they arrive to port.

David Holm

Cox Architecture

Table Two

11:50 am - 12:50 pm Strategic Terminal Design for Flexible-Use Facilities
Shy Tay - Assoc Director and Architect, Arkhefield
By understanding the needs of the local community, as well as the ports, the strategic design of port terminals can have multi-use purposes. Even when there are little-to no-cruise arrivals scheduled, terminal facilities can still be revenue generators, e.g. by being used as function venues.

Shy Tay

Assoc Director and Architect


1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Learning the Inside Scoop on How Travel Agencies Sell your Port

Matt Halloran - Cruise Specialist, Cruise 1st


Matt Halloran

Cruise Specialist
Cruise 1st

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm CASE STUDY: The Future of Pilbara Port Authority (PPA) and thinking Long-Term with Cruise Ship Tourism

John Finch - General Manager of Operations, Pilbara Ports Authority
PPA encompasses the Port of Ashburton, the Port of Dampier and the Port of Port Hedland, and future ports of Anketell, Balla Balla and Cape Preston East. In order to secure long-term sustainability this session will discuss the ability for cruise ship tourism to enable infrastructure development in regional ports but also the Future tourist destinations within PPA’s remit such as Exmouth, and Dampier Archipelago.

  • Why regional ports promote cruise tourism – not necessarily for business but for the benefit of the local town/community and regional exposure
  • What challenges has in a port like Port Hedland –an infrastructure of national economic importance
  • Appealing to the demand for industrial tourism within the region and the reality of the operating environment

John Finch

General Manager of Operations
Pilbara Ports Authority

3:10 pm - 12:00 am AFTERNOON BREAK

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm CASE STUDY: The Overseas Passenger Terminal Extension Project at Circular Quay

Adam Knight - National Operations Manager, Waterway Construction
The Port Authority of NSW Invested $14.6 m on the Circular Quay Overseas Passenger Terminal, in order to increase the length of the wharf an additional 60m. The design and construction was accomplished within six months and conformed to strict Consent Conditions, limited available work space and was required to keep the facility operational

  • Utilisation of both land based and marine based plant to expedite the program
  • Managing construction whilst the Terminal remained operational, with ships berthing alongside.
  • Providing a mooring dolphin to assist passenger ships berthing at Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour.

Adam Knight

National Operations Manager
Waterway Construction

4:20 pm - 4:40 pm CHAMPAGNE DELEGATE DEBATE: Debate Topic: Build it and they will Come

Each table chooses to agree with one of the given statement: No fence sitting! They get 30 minutes to create an argument that supports or refutes the given statement, after which each table will send a speaker who will have 3 minutes to get up and present their case. The chair then gets to choose which table wins. This session will be catered with drinks to encourage conversation…


5:00 am - 7:00 am WORKSHOP A: Getting your Feasibility Study Approved by Demonstrating the Economic Development of Port Upgrades

John Lewis - Development Director, Vetica

John Lewis

Development Director