Asset Management in Ports

Join the Asset Management Council Perth Chapter for a 3-part technical seminar on asset management within the ports industry, featuring presentations from three varied ports across Western Australia. An opportunity to join Dr Carla Boehl for a port walk of Fremantle Ports is available prior to the seminar.

Date: Thursday, 24 February 2021
Time: 5pm (for 5:30pm start)  - 8.30pm (optional Fremantle Ports tour with Dr Carla Boehl, if interested in joining the tour, please advise in an email to
Place: Fremantle Port Authority Administration Building, 1 Cliff Street, Fremantle, WA OR online for those not local
Earn: 2 CPD points


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  • 4pm: Fremantle Port tour with Dr Carla Boehl (for those attending in person - if interested in joining this tour, please advise in an email to
  • 5pm: Networking & light refreshments (for those attending in person)
  • 5:30pm: Presentations and discussions (short break in middle)
  • 7.30pm: Networking & light refreshments (for those attending in person)
  • 8.30pm: Close


Presentation 1: Advancing Asset Management at Fremantle Ports

Fremantle Ports key assets comprise of berth and jetties, navigational aids, railways, buildings, cargo handling equipment, electrical infrastructure, plant and equipment, and roads. The port’s assets are critical to sustaining marine trade in the Perth metro region, specifically the movement of consumer goods and commodities critical to the WA economy. The scale, diversity, age, and condition of the port’s assets present numerous challenges to asset management and managing operational risk. This presentation will summarise the key challenges and issues and how Fremantle Ports is advancing the asset management function and improving the performance of its assets.

Roger Makins, General Manager, Asset & Infrastructure Management, Fremantle Ports

Roger has held senior operations management roles in medium to large commercially focused national and international organisations in the mining and minerals processing industry, and within government trading entities including ports, and water and power utilities. Roger has developed and managed multi-disciplinary teams and business divisions providing services across the full asset lifecycle. Roger’s work experience includes managing teams with diverse culture across three continents including North America, Africa, and Australia.



Presentation 2: Embarking on the Asset Digital Transformation Journey at Southern Ports

Southern Ports strategically manages the ports of Albany, Bunbury and Esperance and operates as a Government Trading Enterprise (GTE) under enabling legislation. Southern Ports role is to facilitate trade through the commercial management of efficient, sustainable, safe and customer-focused ports and return a dividend to the Government of Western Australia, its sole shareholder. Southern Ports deploys responsible asset management stewardship in concert with its corporate objectives to ensure its port customers have optimal access to current and future port trade. This presentation will focus on the approach Southern Ports has taken to accelerate its asset digital transformation and implement a data-driven culture.

Johan Snyman, CEngT, TFIEAust, NER, CAMA, CPAM, Assets Manager, Southern Ports

Johan is an accomplished, confident, and pragmatic leader who has acquired over thirty years of strategy, operations, leadership and engineering experience within the mining and utilities industry. Johan has planned, coordinated, and managed multi-site maintenance, projects, construction, and shutdown services. Johan can lead the development and delivery of major transformation projects across a multi-million-dollar portfolio while achieving incredible outcomes. Johan is focused on coaching and mentoring, optimising resources, streamlining management processes, reducing costs, empowering teams, integrating contract services through innovation, strengthening systems and safeguarding operations.


Presentation 3: Use of Technology in Asset Management at Pilbara Ports Authority

Pilbara Ports Authority plays a major economic role for the state of WA, and for our country. With a wide range of asset ages (and related condition aspects), there are a variety of asset management challenges that are presented. Use of technology is being adopted to assist in better quantifying aspects of asset condition and in asset management decision making. This presentation highlights (at a broad level) some of the approaches where Pilbara Ports have adopted (and are adopting) use of technology to assist with asset management decision making.

Greg Smith,  Engineering & Infrastructure Planning Manager, Pilbara Ports Authority

With over 25 years of industry experience, Greg has previously worked in leadership roles in coal and iron ore mining, minerals, asset management / business consulting, and Port operational environments. Greg has extensive experience in asset management, engineering project management, maintenance work management, maintenance tactics development, and in managing people in large engineering and maintenance related teams. Living in Karratha, and based at PPA’s Port of Dampier, Greg is a very happy long-term Pilbara resident.