Commissions & Working Groups

Our four Technical Commissions (InCom, MarCom, EnviCom & RecCom) cover the different areas of waterborne transport infrastructure. They are continuously supervising the work carried out by our experts in the respective Working Groups on industry-relevant topics. The reportsprepared by these Working Groups are the core business of our Association and a highly respected resource for governments, companies, and industry associations.  

Two further Commissions (CoCom & YP-Com) were set up to support Emerging Countries and Young Professionals. 

Finances and Marketing are handled by FinCom and ProCom respectively.

PIANC Commissions

1
Inland Navigation Commission
  • Chairperson Mr Philippe Rigo (Belgium)

  • Deals with all matters related to inland navigation

  • Networking with other international organisations (CCNR, …)

2
Maritime Navigation Commission
  • Chairperson Mr Egbert van der Wal (The Netherlands) & Vice-Chairperson Mr Babak Banijamali (Iran)

  • Deals with maritime ports and seaways issues

  • Co-operations with IMO, IAPH, WODA and others

3
Environmental Commission
  • Chairperson Mr Todd Bridges (USA)

  • Deals with both broad and very specific navigation sustainability and environmental risk-related issues of interest to PIANC that cross cut all PIANC areas

  • Permanent Task Groups/Strategic Initiatives: EU Water Framework Directive Navigation Task Group, Climate Change (PTG CC), Working with Nature Corresponding Group, Dredging and the Environment

4
Recreational Navigation Commission
  • Chairperson Mr Esteban Biondi (Argentina)

  • Deals with all matters related to recreational navigation

  • Networking with other international organisations (ICOMIA, TYHA, GMI)

5
International Co-Operation Commission
  • Chairpersons Mr Edward Schmeltz (USA) & Akula Rao (India)

  • Deals with the organisation of the PIANC-COPEDEC Conferences and the target country approach

6
Young Professionals Commission
  • Chairpersons Mr Andrew Thomas (USA) & Ms Eslie Vrolijk (The Netherlands)

  • Dealing with networking activities, such as participation in meetings and events, PIANC Commissions and Working Groups

7
Finance Commission
  • Chairperson Mr Ian White (UK)

  • Deals with the financial management of PIANC

8
Promotion Commission
  • Chairperson Ms Anna-Lena Pahl (Germany)

  • Deals with the marketing and promotion of the Association

Working Group Reports

Working Group Reports are sorted by Commission and available for free if you are a PIANC member.