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The Conference

The success of the First International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC), held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in March 1983, resulted in the subsequent holding of this special conference series once every four years in a developing country. Successful conferences were held in Beijing, China (September 1987), Mombasa, Kenya (September 1991), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (September 1995), Cape Town, South Africa (April 1999), Colombo, Sri Lanka (September 2003), Dubai, UAE (February 2008), Chennai, India (February 2012) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (October 2016). During the COPEDEC VI conference in Colombo, in September 2003, a merger agreement between PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure and COPEDEC was signed and consequent to this agreement, a new International Organizing Committee (IOC) was formed and this International PIANC-COPEDEC Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the International PIANC-COPEDEC X Conference will be held in Manila, Philippines in October 2023. This is the Announcement for Papers and Fellowship Applications for PIANC-COPEDEC X. A Final Announcement including a listing of accepted papers and detailed practical information such as registration and hotel booking forms, will be issued in April 2023. Those wishing to ensure the receipt of the Final Announcement are requested to log into the conference website ( to indicate their interest. Technical tours and social events will also be arranged during the week of the Conference. Pre-conference tours to interesting places in and around Manila and other places of interest in Manila will be arranged.

Conference Themes

The overall theme of the conference is “Enhancing Waterborne Transport and Sustainable Coastal Development”

The list of main conference topics is as follows:

1.   Port Engineering

     Coastal and inland port (infra)structures / Physical and numerical modelling / Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of               Port Structures / New Equipment and Materials for Construction of Port Structures / Hydrography and Dredging

2.  Port Planning and Management

    Port, harbor and marina planning and layout / Nautical aspects / Operations and Maintenance / Mooring and ship                      motions / Port Safety Management

3.  Coastal Engineering

      Coastal infrastructures / Coastal stabilization / Intake and outfall systems / Coastal protection / Tidal inlets / Materials              for use in the marine environment / Coastal processes / Coastal sediments and hydrodynamics / Marine surveys and                Instrumentation / Remote Sensing / GIS / Waves and Currents / Sediment Transport, Erosion and Geomorphology

4.  Coastal Zone and Coastal Risk Management

      Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) / Waterfront Development / Coastal vegetation and forests / Tourism              and recreation / Numerical techniques / Extreme wave events and analysis / Tsunamis / Crisis Management of Marine            Hazards / Maritime Safety Management

5.  Short Sea Shipping, Ferries, RORO, Coastal and Inland Navigation

6.  Port and Coastal environmental issues and Climate Change

      ​International Conventions, Rules and Regulations / Pollution and Environmental Impacts of Structures and Marine                  Transportation / Coastal and Marine Ecosystems / Climate Change / Marine Renewable Energy

7. Dredging and Disposable Management issues 

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