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Ship and Berth Interfaces

Ongoing Developments

28 June 2019, London, UK


This 2019 PIANC/RINA Conference is targeted at progressing the work done at the 8th October 2018 workshop, where four main topics were examined in detail:-

  • The ship to fender structural interaction
  • Recent unsatisfactory experience with the quality of supply of rubber fender units
  • Recent unsatisfactory experience with the quality of supply of bollards
  • Issues associated with ship moorings

This in turn had already built on the results of the 14th May 2018 joint PIANC/RINA Seminar which highlighted a number of areas where there was a clear need to harmonise approaches between naval architects and port engineers, event to the point of needing a better common vocabulary for certain issues.

Having highlighted the problems, it is now necessary to identify the impact of these issues on standards and codes of practice, and these presentations, given by speakers with direct experience of these key issues.

For the ship/fender interaction issue, the curious situation where regular damage to ships can be shown to be almost inevitable and yet is seldom reported is noted with examples indicating the expected effect on ship hulls.

For fenders and bollard quality, given a background of recent examples of unreliability in performance, the speakers will explain how this has been overcome.

For moorings, the issue of how to assess the required strength of mooring points is approached from four directions.

  1. The effects of line stiffness on mooring analysis.
  2. Methods of calculating mooring loads and methods of specifying them for structural design and;
  3. The particular example of the mooring of Floating Storage Regassification Units is considered, a currently quite significant requirement with respect to LNG terminals.
  4. The gradual adoption of Automooring systems.


In a guided interactive breakout session, a workshop will give delegates a chance to take part in a “hands-on” exercise experience, allowing them to give feedback on the value of the information in the present standards and to suggest specific improvements.  Thus delegates will have a direct influence on future upgrades to the standard suite. 

It is recommended to any civil, port or coastal engineers involved in the design and planning of maritime facilities.



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If you are a PIANC UK, RINA or PIANC International Member please select Supporting Association when booking on.

If you are not a PIANC or RINA Member please select Non-Member even if you are an ICE Member.

Payment will be by credit card when booking via the above link.

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Terms and Conditions

All participants are advised to bring a copy of their confirmation with them on the day to ensure prompt entry.

Cancellations cannot be made once payment has been received; however, replacement delegates are welcome to attend but you must inform the PIANC UK Secretariat at least 5 working days prior to the event.

Delegates cannot attend the event without advance payment.

PIANC UK reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded.

Please note that whilst speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing circumstances beyond the control of PIANC UK may necessitate substitution, alterations or cancellations of the speakers and/or topics.

The event will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA, The Godfrey Mitchell Theatre.

If you have any queries please contact Elira Alushi on or 020 7665 2232.

Certificates of attendance will be made available electronically following the event for PIANC UK Members.  To request your certificate please tick the certificate box when signing the attendance register on the day.

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