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Technical Program

Accepted Papers

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Event Data

  • Nearly 200 Technical Presentations
    • Port Engineering   42%
    • Environmental   18%
    • Port Planning & Operations   9%
    • Port Infrastructure   8%
    • Terminal Planning & Design   7%
    • Navigation & Waterways   6%
    • Equipment and Systems   4%
    • Other   3%
    • Project Delivery   3%
    • Landside Connections   2%
  • Presenters from 15 Countries representing 85 organizations

NOTE: All accepted presenters and moderators are required to register and attend the conference. Before submitting, confirm you can attend the conference.

Due to the overwhelming response to past calls for papers and the success of the PORTS conference series, PORTS ’22 will maintain an expanded and diverse technical program. This expanded program provides additional opportunities to present ideas and experiences—including entire sessions devoted to panel/round-table discussions of timely topics and vendor presentations of materials, processes, and equipment relevant to the maritime development community.

The PORTS Conference series is internationally recognized as an outstanding opportunity to network with hundreds of professionals who share similar challenges and concerns. Please join us in Honolulu, Hawaii, on September 18–21, 2022. The COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee invites you to become part of the PORTS conference tradition of advancing the art and science of port engineering and improving our maritime world.

Student Paper Competition

The COPRI Ports & Harbors Committee encourages all graduate students to participate in the PORTS '22 Conference Student Paper Competition. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in the accompanying Poster Competition. The events will take place between September 18-21, 2022, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

The first authors will present during technical sessions on Monday, September 19, and Tuesday, September 20, 2022.  All the teams will have their names and presentation titles listed in the PORTS’22 program. Final grading for the paper competition will be based on both the paper content and the delivered presentation. The winning papers will be published in the PORTS’22 Proceedings. 

The top four submissions will receive complimentary registration, access to the exhibit hall, as well as travel and hotel costs compensated up to $1,200 to attend the conference. The top three papers will be awarded a cash prize.

Abstract submissions are due Sunday, February 6, 2022, at 11.59 pm EDT. Date for abstract review decision is March 3, 2022. Final submissions are due Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 11.59 pm EDT and should include your paper or poster in PDF format as well as a 20-minute computer visual presentation.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format. All the submissions will be checked for plagiarism. If a paper is accused of plagiarism, it will be rejected automatically. In this case none of the paper authors will be allowed to attend the PORTS’22 event, even if the conference registration fees were paid. Send completed submissions to the PORTS’22 Student & Younger Member Committee at [email protected].

Note: Abstracts submitted in the general conference call for papers before July 7th, 2021, but were not accepted, may be considered for the student competitions if they are resubmitted.
Download the call for submissions

Conference Topics


  • Ground, Air & Water Quality
  • Habitat & Wildlife: Protection, Loss, and Mitigation
  • Impact Analysis & Mitigations
  • Innovative Port Programs
  • Rehabilitation & Redevelopment
  • Resiliency
  • Sea Level Rise & Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Urban and Life Quality Issues

Port Planning & Operations

  • Capacity Management
  • Facility Maintenance & Management
  • Inland Transportation Links
  • Load and Peak Management
  • Master Planning
  • Navigation Systems
  • Resiliency
  • Security
  • Urban and Community Interfaces

Terminal Planning & Design

  • Breakbulk
  • Container
  • Cruise & Ferry
  • Liquid & Dry Bulk
  • Military
  • RO/RO & Automobile
  • Small Craft & Recreation

Navigation & Waterways

  • Air Draft Improvement
  • Beneficial Reuse & Environmental Improvement
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Navigation Technology
  • Widening & Deepening

Port Engineering

  • Coastal
  • Dredging
  • Environmental
  • Extreme Events (seismic, tsunami, hurricane, storm surge, blast, etc.)
  • Facilities & Operations
  • Geotechnical & Geoscience
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Interdisciplinary Integration
  • Mooring & Berthing
  • Navigation
  • Structural Design

Equipment and Systems

  • Cargo Handling
  • Environmental Impact Reduction Systems
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Passenger Processing
  • Structure Inspection & Rehabilitation
  • Terminal Automation

Port Infrastructure

  • Reclaimed Lands
  • Foundations
  • Pavement
  • Drainage Control
  • Power Supply & Distribution

Landside Connections

  • Road and Rail Corridors
  • Rail Yards
  • Flow Control and Load Management Regimes
  • System Integration

Port Security

  • Threats and Mitigation
  • Facility Boundaries
  • Human Access
  • Scanning Systems
  • Government Integration
  • Data Integrity

Project Delivery

  • Project Management
  • Port Development Financing and Economics
  • Project Contracting and Delivery
  • Construction Management

Technical Short Courses

The PORTS ‘22 Conference is committed to continuing the tradition of providing continuing education and professional development opportunities for participants. Held on Sunday, September 18, half-day and full-day technical courses offer attendees the chance to learn from and connect with industry leaders and port professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Use the on-line abstract/paper submission process to submit a proposal of 500 words or less about the proposed session. The proposal should include the following:

  • Description of the presenter’s qualifications and credentials
  • Summary of the course content and duration
  • Discussion of the applicability of the course to the topics of the conference
  • Identification of the course target audience
  • Description of the benefit of the course to conference attendees
  • Proposed number of Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to be granted for course attendance.

For questions about technical short courses and the submission process, please contact Danielle Goudreau, P.E., M.ASCE, PORTS ’22 Technical Short Course Chair.

The PORTS ‘22 Organizing Committee will accept or reject proposed short courses based on the quality and content of the proposal.

Final Papers

Proceedings will be available online to all registered attendees after the conference.


Important Dates

  • Abstract Submissions Portal Open: May 13, 2021
  • Abstracts due: July 7, 2021
  • Abstract accept/reject: August 18, 2021
  • Draft paper due: November 17, 2021
  • Full paper review comments / accept: February 16, 2022
  • Final papers due from authors: March 16, 2022


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