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.
Chairperson Mr Philippe Rigo (Belgium)
Deals with all matters related to inland navigation
Networking with other international organisations (CCNR, …)
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
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
Chairperson Mr Esteban Biondi (Argentina)
Deals with all matters related to recreational navigation
Networking with other international organisations (ICOMIA, TYHA, GMI)
Chairpersons Mr Edward Schmeltz (USA) & Akula Rao (India)
Deals with the organisation of the PIANC-COPEDEC Conferences and the target country approach
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
Chairperson Mr Ian White (UK)
Deals with the financial management of PIANC
Chairperson Ms Anna-Lena Pahl (Germany)
Deals with the marketing and promotion of the Association