Join Us in Panama City, Panama

PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne, Transport and Infrastructure, and The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) proudly announce they will co-host the 34th PIANC World Congress 2018 in Panama City, Panama.

The PIANC World Congress 2018 will present and discuss the most relevant topics to the waterborne transport infrastructure sector. The renowned international event is open to members and non-members.  Take advantage of this gathering to exchange knowledge and experiences with experts and peers from around the world, through:

  •     Technical Short Courses
  •     Plenary Sessions Concurrent
  •     Technical Session Tracks
  •     Industry Exhibition
  •     Technical Tours
  •     Networking Events
  •     Accompanying Persons Cultural Tours

In a hotel located in the center of the city.

Panama will be the epicenter of the latest trends and best practices in the waterborne, transport and infrastructure sector.

Do not miss the extraordinary opportunity to participate in on-site visits and learn first-hand details about the operation of the traditional and expanded Panama Canal, a wonder of engineering celebrated worldwide.

PIANC’s goal is to advance the sustainable development of shallow and deep-draft navigation issues including dredging and dredged material disposal, navigation and port infrastructure, recreational navigation and related environmental matters. 

Thematic axis:

Inland navigation

  • Waterway infrastructures: locks, weirs, river banks, …
  • Advances in navigation locks design after the Panama Canal Expansion
  • Inland 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, ..)
  • 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 navigational 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
  • Port 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 and 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

We invite you to submit an abstract and join us in Panama, to experience a week full of networking, technical presentations, short courses, and best practices in the waterborne, transport and infrastructure sector.

Key Dates

Abstracts Due: September 15, 2017
Author Notification: November 1, 2017
Papers Due: March 5, 2018
Congress: May 7-12, 2018







Five-day Congress

The fee per participant registered at the Congress venue will include:

Participation in plenary conferences: 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 in simultaneous conferences (tracks): Formal presentations focused on specialized topics. The participant will register in the topic of his preference.

Participation during discussion panels: Several people meet to present their ideas on a specific subject to an auditorium.

Exhibition area: The space area where local, international companies and specialized institutions will showcase their products and services.

Field Activity: Participants will visit the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks.

Social Events: Welcome cocktail and closing dinner. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other strategic partners attending the Congress, as well as with international participants.

Food: Coffee breaks and lunches will be provided during the five days of the congress.

Participant’s conference kit: Bag, notepad, pen, etc.


An integral technical exhibition will be held in the Congress refreshments area.  With up to 60 stands and spaces, this location will be the ideal platform for the exchange of information regarding products, services and experiences, where companies and participants will have the opportunity to network directly.

We will bring together in one place professionals and leading companies engaged in the practice and theory of waterborne transport infrastructure sector.

Do not miss this opportunity to participate and invite your customers, partners and colleagues to the exhibition area at the 34th PIANC World Congress Panama 2018.  

      • Kiosk-type structure with a physical space of 6-9 m.
      • Carpet.
      • One outlet box.
      • One table and two chairs.

The printing of your company logo on promotional advertising on the Congress website.


Once the space reservation is made, the client must agree to pay 50% of the cost of the entire space, and the remaining 50% must be paid before April 1, 2017, to ensure the space. For all reservations requested beginning April 1, 2017, payment must be for the whole space or sponsorship acquired. The deposit is non-refundable as of this date and we do not guarantee reservation; therefore, all space which is not paid in full may be reassigned at the discretion of the organizing committee. Once your payment has been made, we request you send the signed contract via email or fax. 

Images of the exhibition


  • Exposure through the national and international promotion of the event (banners, posters, magazines, newspapers, electronic media, newsletters)
  • Recognition as sponsoring company during the inaugural ceremony. Placement of company banner.
  • Right to include company information in the welcome briefcase.
  • Link to company Web Site from the official page of the Congress.
  • Insertion of company logo in the ACP magazine “El Faro” Corporate directory with information about Congress participants.


  • Reserved seats in the first rows of the Congress
  • Seats at the main table during lunch
  • Courtesy tickets to the welcome cocktail
  • Seats at corporate table during the closing dinner.
  • Exhibition stand will be allocated so your company may impact close to 600 participants who will attend the event.


Kindly send information via email to our Sponsorship and Exhibition Team in Panama at or PIANC’s email:




Panama: Useful Information

  • Local time GMT-5
  • Electric current is 120V, and 240V is available in hotels.
  • Taxes. All purchases in Panama are subject to 7% Goods and Services Transfer
  • Tax (ITBM), except for medicines, food and school supplies.
  • Tips. In some restaurants the tip is included in the bill. It is a common practice to tip 10% of the total bill.
  • Airport tax. For international commercial flights, the airport tax is US$ 40.00
  • Business hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., from Sunday to Sunday.
  • Banks are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are available to users 24 hours a day.
  • Public offices open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The area code for calls to Panama is 507. National and international telephone service operates 24 hours a day through operators or the MADI system for direct dialing is available to most of the countries.
  • Panama’s climate is pleasantly tropical, the country has two seasons: rainy and dry. The first is from May to December, where in spite of the rain, the sun’s warm rays are felt most of the day. During the dry season or summer, from mid-December to April, the pleasant trade winds blow constantly.


  • Tocumen International Airport 238-2700
  • Local time GMT-5
  • To enter the Republic of Panama, visitors must have a valid passport and those who need a visa, must obtain one available from the respective Panamanian diplomatic mission or consulate. In case of failure to obtain it due to any circumstance beyond our missions or absence of diplomatic or consular mission in the country, the visa will be issued at Tocumen International Airport, and the requesting delegate must bring two (2) color photographs, size 3 x 4.
  • Important: the current legislation of the Republic of Panama prohibits the import into the luggage of passengers of hazardous substances, plants, animal products and byproducts.

Contact us

34th PIANC World Congress 2018
PHONE (507) 272-2929