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2nd YP-Com Asian Seminar, April 11-14, 2016, Manila, the Philippines



 

2nd YP-Com Asian Seminar attendees

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The 2nd YP-Com Asian Seminar took place on April 11-14, 2016 at theBayleaf Hotel in the historic Intramuros District of Manila, the Philippines. Subsequent to an initial three days of technical and development-oriented presentations at the Bayleaf, as well as site visits to local ports, the Seminar also included site-seeing of historically defining locales within the City of Manila, followed by informal meetings at the Philippines Ports Authority’s (PPA) offices on April 14. The extensive collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing that took place at this seminar was made possible with sponsorship from Trelleborg Marine Systems, Tencate Geosynthetics,Mer Lion Metals Pte. Ltd., FW NICOL-Tenzar, and GeoworksInternational Corporation.

 

Moreover, in addition to the great support received from these sponsors, YP-Com attributes the great success of the Seminar to the cooperation and hospitality provided by the PPA and, in particular, the efforts put forth byChristopher Ornum of PPA who, as a YP-Com Delegate from the Philippines, also functioned as a key organiser of the event. Building on the success of the inaugural YP-Com Asian Seminar held in Yokohama during 2014, the 2nd Asian YP-Com Seminar was further facilitated by YP-Com International Delegates, including Asia-Pacific regional support from our YP-Com Vice-Chair of the region, William Glamore (Australia) and our Japanese YP-Com Delegate, Hidenori Takahashi.

 

The event was well attended with more than eighty-five participants from five continents, including many local YP’s and additional participation and support from PPA key officials, as well as participation from private organisations. International Delegates from Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, Iran, Belgium, Malaysia, USA, and Argentina were present. Following welcoming remarks by Mr Hector Miole, PPA Assistant to the GM for Special Projects, the Seminar was launched with an inspirational message by Mr Louis Van Schel, PIANC Secretary-General. A keynote address was then made by Eng. Tomas B. CarlosEnviCom Delegate from the Philippines and PPA Assistant General Manager for Engineering.

 

Our keynote speakers Hector MioleLouis van Schel &Tomas Carlos during the opening presented by AlvinSomera

L-R: William GlamoreAndrew ThomasLouis Van Schel,Pablo Arecco

 

Christopher Ornum

Some of the attendees at the opening session of the 2nd YP-Com Asian Seminar

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Pablo Arecco, YP-Com Chairman, delivered further opening remarks and, for the first time, introduced Andy Thomas as the newly appointed Co-Chair of YP-Com International. Mr Thomas provided a brief presentation on YP-Com, including a summary of recent YP-Com activities and future events, which segued into an outline of the subject agenda by Christopher Ornum.

 

Anne Cann

During the second half of the first day, Anne Cann, Secretary of PIANC USA delivered a YP mentoring & motivational presentation that inspired the Young Professionals joining the Seminar. This marvellous presentation was followed by a showcasing of PPA’sRoRo Port System by Eng. Rolando T. Querubin, PPA Division Manager, then technical presentations on Geotextile Tubes, New Trends and Development of Fenders, and Application of Prefabricated Vertical Drains, respectively provided by Tencate Geosynthetics,Trelleborg Marine Systems, and Geoworks International Corporation.

Rolando T. Querubin

Hidenori Takahashi

Rounding out the first day, Mr Glamore and Mr Takahashiled an end-of-day workshop on strategy for increased participation within the Asia Pacific Region, which not only produced invaluable feedback that will be instrumental in the planning of future regional events, but also provided the Seminar’s first interactive networking opportunity between local YP’s and International Delegates. Thanks to Trelleborg Marine Systems, the YP’s enjoyed a formal dinner and second networking opportunity at the Bayleaf on Monday Evening. 

 

William Glamore

A fulfilling second day was accomplished with a site visit to the Batangas Terminal, hosted by Atty. Leopoldo C.Biscocho, Jr., Port Manager, PMO Batangas. After viewing presentations from PPA on Port of Batangas, as well as a tour through its operations centre, the YP’s enjoyed a lunch sponsored by Mer Lion Steel Pte. Ltd., returned for a drive-through-tour of the Port of Batangas, and enjoyed dinner provided by Tencate Geosynthetics.

 

Port of Batangas – VTMS & Operations Centre

Port of Batangas

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Anne Cann

The third day’s activities began with Anne Cann, Mr Glamore and MrTakahashi facilitating the first workshop on the Future of Global Waterborne Transport Infrastructure for input to PIANC TG 181, State of the World's Waterways and Ports. Discussions were both highly beneficial for TG 181 and informative for YP’s, as they provided unrestricted insight into the current challenges offered by waterborne navigation infrastructure in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

 

 

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The third day continued with technical presentations by FW Nicol-Tenzar and Mer Lion Metals Pte. Ltd.  After lunch, several YP’s conducted a visit to Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), while others entertained presentation by International Delegates.

 

International Delegates visit Fort Santiago in the IntramurosDistrict of Manila

The fourth day proved the Philippines to be a fulfilling venue, rich with culture, for the 2nd YP-Com Asian Seminar.  Led by ChristopherOrnum and Adrian Cayanan of PPA, the participants toured historical sites ofIntramuros Manila, as well as the Manila National Museum. Lastly, throughout the afternoon, introductions and informal meetings were held between International Delegates and PPA key officials.

 

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International Delegates visit the Manila National Museum

 

PIANC YP-Com thanks its sponsors of this event, as well as PPA staff and key officials for making the 2nd YP-Com Asian-Pacific Seminar such a great success. Being a beautiful country of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines commands the robust system of port planning, development, operations and regulation that is provided by the PPA, making it an ideal venue for the 2nd YP-Com Asian seminar and, hopefully, many more events in years to come.

 

 

 

Special thanks go to the management of PIANC Philippines and PPA, Chris OrnumAdrian Cayanan and the Seminar Organising Committee, who made this event another great success in the history of PIANC YP-Com. Without your support this would not be possible!