The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure

PIANC is the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, established in 1885. Our high-ranking technical reports on the design, development, and maintenance of ports, waterways, marinas and coastal areas are renowned and provide the global waterborne transport community with expert guidance, recommendations, and technical advice.

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As a non-political and non-profit organization, we unite international experts for leading-edge technical, economic, and environmental developments. Moreover, our mission is to keep the international community connected and to support Young Professionals and Emerging Countries.

With the PIANC Commissions and Working Groups, as well as numerous global Congresses, we keep expanding our network to stay on top of industry developments, education, and state-of-the-art technology.

Join PIANC if you want to actively shape industry guidelines and influence industry standards. Share your knowledge and collaborate with specialists from national governments, public authorities, corporations, and individual experts.

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Commissions & Working Groups

PIANC has set up four Technical Commissions that coordinate the technical and scientific activities of our Working Groups which address industry relevant topics. The results of their activity, Technical Reports, provide guidance for the international waterborne transport industry.

Four non-technical Commissions have been established specifically for the support of Young Professionals and Emerging Countries as well as to handle Finances and Marketing.

The Commissions and Working Groups gather experts from all our member countries. 

Our Memberships

Team up with our network of professionals and gain access to all our Working Group reports for free! Have a look at our different types of membership and join PIANC today!

Young Professional?

Are you a Young Professional and do you want to be involved in the world‘s leading knowledge-sharing network of professionals in the waterborne transport infrastructure?

Join PIANC and become a member of YP-Com, a dedicated PIANC commission for Young Professionals, founded in 2006. YP-Com organises events at international, regional and local level – as well as networking events linked to PIANC Conferences and Congresses. 



Fort Lauderdale (USA)

PIANC America 2023 Conference - Sustaining Ports, Waterways and Marinas through a Changing Climate

April 24, 2023 - April 27, 2023

Fort Lauderdale (USA)

PIANC America 2023 Conference & Biennial Technical Visit

April 24, 2023 - April 28, 2023

Portsmouth (UK)

ICE Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2023 Conference

April 25, 2023 - April 27, 2023

Tehran (Iran)

14th International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Maritime Structures (ICOPMAS) 2023

May 08, 2023 - May 10, 2023