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Conference Overview


In land navigation

  • Waterway infrastructures: locks, weirs, river banks, others.
  • Advances in navigation locks design after the Panama Canal Expansion
  • In land navigation channels: safety and reliability
  • Integration of inland waterways into inter-modal supply chain
  • Inland navigation, waterways, ports & terminals
  • Systems and Infrastructures: design & management for inland navigation projects
  • River Information Services (RIS, IAS, others)
  • River navigation flow control
  • Salt water intrusion
  • Maintenance and operation of IW, transport & infrastructures
  • Inland navigation in South America

Dredging (in the framework of port and navigation projects)

  • Effective planning and execution of dredging projects
  • Lessons learned from dredging projects worldwide
  • Risk management in dredging projects
  • Disposal site planning taking into account alternate land uses
  • Current dredging & management innovations

Logistics & Infrastructure

  • Challenges for capitalizing navigation channels bordering lands
  • Synergies among airports, ports and inter-modal assets
  • Integrated management of global supply chains
  • Integrating ports and economic special zones
  • Provision of added value logistic services in maritime hubs
  • Project management in the Panama Canal Expansion


  • Impact and innovative solutions for hinterland ports
  • Dry ports: better and more efficient
  • Ports of the future: technologies, automation, traceability
  • Ports management models
  • Maritime Port planning and operations
  • Inter-modal connections
  • Coastal and Port Engineering (in relation with navigation)
  • Storm Surge & Tsunami barriers and Flood protection gates


  • Sustainable and resilient marina design – Marinas Working with Nature (best practices and case studies)
  • Marinas as part of Tourism, Ports and Urban Master Plans (best practices and case studies)
  • Planning Framework for Recreational & Tourism Navigation Infrastructure Systems (goals, strategies and challenges)
  • Regulatory Framework and Private Marina Development in Countries in Transition (best practices and case studies)
  • Regional Cooperation and Standardization of Recreational Navigation Information Systems Transition (best practices and case studies)
  • Recreational components of mitigation plans for large navigation infrastructure projects


  • Environmental management in navigation
  • Climate change and emissions, energy efficiency, international regulations, carbon markets
  • Fresh water availability for operations
  • New technologies on infrastructure, pollution prevention, port reception facilities, ballast water
  • Multiple purpose water resource systems (transport, energy, recreation, ecosystems, watersheds, potable water, …)
  • Navigation as a green transportation mode
  • Societal awareness and responsibility, combining economic growth, environment/sustainability and welfare
  • Climate Change Mitigation in the Maritime Industry


The Congress takes 5 days

  • The Participant registration fee will include:
  • Participation in plenary sessions: Presentations offered by renowned national and international personalities in the field of dredging and dredged material disposal, navigation and port infrastructure, recreational navigation and related environmental matters, and research, as well as decision-makers and key industry people.
  • Participation during discussion panels: Renowned professionals will present their ideas on a specific subject to the audience.
  • Participation in simultaneous sessions (tracks): Formal presentations focused on specialized topics. At the time of registration, please select yout preferred topic of interest.
  • Exhibition area: Local, international companies and specialized institutions will showcase their products and services.

Field Activity:

  • The Miraflores Visitor Center and Cocktail
  • Pacific Technical Tour: Partial transit through Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks, observation of Canal dredging works, and visit to Amador Marina (Includes Lunch)
  • Atlantic Technical Tour: Agua Clara and Gatún Locks(Includes lunch and transportation by train to Colon)

Young Professional Activities:

  • Welcome Reception
  • Networking Sessions

Social Events:

  • Welcome Cocktail and Farewell Dinner.


  • Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided during four days of the congress.
  • Congress kit : bag, notepad, pen, etc

Participants will have the opportunity to establish direct contacts with other strategic partners attending the Congress, as well as with international participants.

Accompanying Persons Cultural Tours:

  • Shopping Tour at Multiplaza Mall
  • Beach day at the Riu Playa Blanca Hotel
  • Modern Panama City & Colonial City Tour
  • Shopping Paradise + Reprosa Museum
  • Embera Indigenous Community
  • Rainforest Tour (Aerial Tram & Monkey Watch)
  • Frank Gehry’s Biodiversity Museum Tour