Maritime works - Essential update for the ports and maritime community, London

8 February, 2016 | 10:00 - 16:15

An essential update for people working in the ports and maritime community
An essential update for people working in the ports and maritime community

About this event

Please note this event is now fully booked.

Since 2011, PIANC has hosted an annual event at the Institution of Civil Engineers to present the latest progress in standardisation for Maritime Works. This has become a must attend event for industry practitioners, being one of the few places where engineers involved in the design and operation of ports can meet to discuss and share technical experience.

This, the sixth consecutive event, will update delegates as to the progress being made on standardisation and alert them to impending public consultation processes.

The participants are at the leading edge of port design practice and represent the ICE, IStructE, OCIMF, PIANC, design consultants and British ports.

The seminar has been structured to offer a chance to raise questions about all parts of the suite of standards in an interactive environment.

If you are involved in maritime works, either as a port company, an operator, a contractor, a designer or a supplier then this is an opportunity that you really cannot miss.

Updating BS6349

BS 6349: Maritime Structures is a suite of 8 standards covering most aspects of maritime civil engineering. It is widely used on an international basis and as such is one of the most successful British Standards not including the Eurocodes.

2016 will bring towards the conclusion the updating of the BS 6349 standards. Part 1.2, "Code of practice for the assessment of actions" will be published, the revision of BS 6349 Part 5, "Code of Practice for dredging and reclamation" will be issued for public consultation immediately after the seminar and the revision of BS 6349 Part 6 "Code of practice for floating structures" will be issued later in the year. The year also starts the revision process for Part 2 "Quay walls, Jetties and Dolphins"; Part 7 "Breakwaters" and Part 8 "RoRo Ramps, Linkspans and Walkways".


This puts the long awaited completion of a comprehensive revision process in sight and the finalisation of the alignment of BS 6349 with the Eurocodes.

One objective of this seminar is to draw attention to the impending Public Consultation periods so that industry is ready to review the proposals and react to the x. Another is to publicly review all parts of the standard in an interactive environment and allow attendees a chance to raise specific questions about parts of the standard.

It is also time to consider the future of BS 6349 and to give thought to new developments. BSI are keen to respond to the needs of our industry and hence the seminar will put forward some subjects that will challenge the future writers of our standards.

We also want to raise interest in the general activities of BSI committee CB502, which is the committee responsible for developing and maintaining the BS 6349 suite of standards, and to invite interest from competent persons to take part in the standardisation process.

The seminar is recommended to any civil, port or coastal engineers involved in the design and planning of maritime facilities.


For a Booking Form, please contact Pauline Arundel at: (One form per person only).

Joining Fee

£70 - Individual Member of PIANC UK
£70 - Corporate Member of PIANC UK
£70 - Member of PIANC International
£90 - Member of ICE
£90 - Non-Member

Payment Options are: - Cheque, BACS, Invoice or Credit Card.

If paying by Credit Card please note a 4% charge is applicable for credit card payments.
We are unable to accept American Express.

£70 entry fee - £72.80 with 4% charge
£90 entry fee - £93.60 with 4% charge


For any other queries please contact:

Katherine Coldwell, PIANC UK Secretariat
t: 020 7665 2238.

Brief Descriptions of Sessions

BS 6349, Progress and the Future
Chris Boysons, Chairman BSI Committee CB502

As a highly respected set of standards, BS 6349 is used extensively worldwide and it is essential for the UK maritime industry that it meets the needs of the maritime industry, stays current and most importantly stays popular.

Chris will summarise the changes that have been made to the standards over the last few years, set out the guiding philosophy behind those changes and summarise the activities underway now to maintain the existing standards and initiate new standards to meet your needs.
(Chris Boysons is a Chief Engineer, Ports and Maritime, Europe for CH2M)

BS 6349, Part 1-2: 2016 Assessment of actions – Introduction to the new standard, and changes from Part 1 and Part 2
Steve Osborn, Member, BSI Committee CB502

One of the most important aspects of the new Part 1.2 is that it will unify the approach to maritime structural analysis and the relationship of BS 6349 to the Eurocodes, a process that was commenced with the publication in 2010 of the revision of Part 2. It is anticipated that Part 1-2 will be published just before the seminar and Steve will introduce the new standard and highlight the changes that have been made to those sections of Part 1, which will be withdrawn and Part 2.
Steve Osborn is a Chief Maritime Engineer with Atkins Limited)

ISO 21650 and CEN/TC250/SC1/WG6 Actions from Waves and Currents on Coastal Structures
Simon Burchett, Member, BSI Committee CB502

In 2007 ISO published ISO 21650 - Actions from Waves and Currents on Coastal Structures and in 2015 CEN initiated a working group to create a new EuroNorm. Simon will lay out the framework for this work and will highlight the challenges ahead.
(Simon Burchett is an Associate Director with WSP)

BS 6349, Part 1-4 Materials and BS 8500, Differences in Concrete Recommendations
Peter Keel, Member, BSI Committee CB502.

Peter will discuss the differences between BS 6349 Part 1-4 and the revised BS 8500:2015 and what the differences mean for specification and construction.
(Peter Keel is the Technical Director of Pipeshield International Ltd)

BS 6349, Part 5 Dredging and Reclamation
Peter Neville-Jones, Member, BSI Committee CB502.

BS 6349 Part 5 will be published as a Draft for Public Comment (DPC) in March.

Peter and other members of the drafting panel will give a presentation on the progress of the drafting panel and key updates and changes that have been implemented. In particular he will discuss how the updated standard addresses the environmental design for dredging and reclamation.
(Peter Neville-Jones is a Technical Director with AECOM (formerly URS)

BS 6349, Part 6 Floating Structures
Gareth Evans, Member, BSI Committee CB502.and John Berry, PIANC Committee.

This will include a brief review of the work to date and then a more detailed look at two new subjects proposed for the new document which will cover marina pontoons and inspection and maintenance.
(Gareth Evans is Managing Director of Constructex)
(John Berry is the Senior Principal of John Berry Associates)

BS 6349, Part 7, Breakwaters
Simon Burchett, Member, BSI Committee CB502.

BS 6349, Part 7 was last updated in 1991. As the oldest remaining standard in the BS 6349 set of documents it needs bringing up to date and perhaps expanding to cover other coastal structures. Simon will introduce the necessary updates and discuss the development of this standard.
(Simon Burchett is an Associate Director with WSP)

BS 6349: Feedback workshop
A panel of CB502 committee members, chaired by Chris Boysons, Chairman, BSI Committee CB502.

This will be an interactive workshop lasting an hour in which all parts of BS 6349 will be displayed on the screen and worked through, with members of the panel or the audience identifying points of interest and particular difficulties experienced with each part of the standard.

Delegates are encouraged to come with any questions or feedback about any of the standards. Indeed, they are encouraged to send them in advance to Katherine Coldwell at the ICE at

(Chris Boysons is the Chief Engineer, Ports and Maritime Europe for CH2M HILL)

BS 6349: Workshop - The Standard in Practice
Specific examples of technical problems that have arisen during the use of BS 6349

Closing address: Chris Boysons, Chairman, BSI Committee CB502.