The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure.
PIANC (which historically stood for the Permanent International Association of Navigational Congresses) is the forum where professionals around the world join forces to provide expert guidance on cost-effective, reliable and sustainable infrastructure to facilitate waterborne transport.
Established in 1885, PIANC continues to be the leading partner for government and the private sector in the design, development and maintenance of ports, waterways and coastal areas.
As a non-political and non-profit organisation, PIANC brings together the best international experts on technical, economic and environmental issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructures. Members include national governments and public authorities, corporations and interested individuals.
At the core of PIANC’s mission is the publication of high-quality Technical Reports realised by international Working Groups. PIANC Working Groups are composed of participants from multiple member countries who have expertise in the issue being investigated. The groups gather, analyse, and consolidate international, state-of-the-art, best practice material to provide evidence-based guidance.
PIANC’s other key pursuit is the organisation of international conferences, such as the four-yearly PIANC World Conference, last held in Panama City in 2018. Working Groups and Conferences are organised through PIANC’s various Commissions.