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Venket Naidu


My background

Venket is the Managing Director of P&M Consultants Pty Ltd and has about 40 years’ experience in port and maritime civil engineering, specialising in engineering feasibility studies, planning, design and management, construction management and supervision of ports and maritime structures. He has led or undertaken a wide range of large and small container ports and marine facilities including cruise shipping and ship repair projects in Australia, New Zealand, Middle–East, the Pacific and Asia.

Prior to becoming a co-founder of P&M Consultants in March 2020, Venket has held the following positions:

• AECOM – Industry Director (Ports & Maritime) for 10 years (2009 to 2020).
• KBR – Principal Engineer and Industry Director (Ports & Marine) for 20 years (1999 to 2009)
• Ports Authority of Fiji – Port Engineer and Act Director Engineering for 10 years (1979 to 1999)
Some representative projects and studies undertaken or managed by Venket include:
• Review of Lyttleton Port of Christchurch, NZ Reinstatement and Development Plan
• Preparation of master plan and preliminary design for the Webb Dock Precinct in Melbourne comprising reclamation, post-Panamax container berths and 5 general cargo and PCC berths (estimated to cost over $2b).
• Engineering feasibility, review of terminal layout, concept and detailed design and costing for the Automated Stacking Crane (ASC) operation at DP World’s West Swanson Container Terminal in Melbourne
• Preparation of Master Plan and preliminary design for Samalaju Port Project in East Malaysia to handle dry bulk, containers and general cargo involving extensive reclamation (estimated to cost over $1.5b)
• Master Plan, Preliminary Design for state of art ROPAX vessel for TT Line Co Pty Ltd

  • Qualifications

    Master of Business Administration (Technology Management) APESMA Deakin University, 1999
    Bachelor of Technology (Civil Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1979

  • Affiliations

    Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia
    Chartered Professional Engineer
    APEC Engineer (Australia)
    Int PE (Aus)
    Sessional Lecturer, Port and Harbour Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne
    Australia Indonesia Centre Infrastructure Cluster Advisory Board 2016-2018
    President of Fiji Institution of Engineers, 1991–92

  • Publications and Presentations at International Conferences

    Author and presenter of “Port, Road and Rail Connectivity” at the Australia Indonesia Centre Research Summit, Institut Technologi, Surabaya, Indonesia, Nov 2018
    Author and presenter of “Energy Efficient Ports” at the 40th Ports and Maritime Transport Alliance Conference, Port Moresby, PNG. Sept 2015
    Co-author of “Design of Navigation Beacon Structures for By-Pass Channels at Port Phillip Bay, Victoria” July 2013
    Co-author and presenter of “Strategy for Upgrading E&F Appleton Dock, Melbourne, Australia” 2005
    Co-Author and Presenter of “Suva Port Redevelopment Project” Suva, Fiji, Aug 1984

Professional History
  • March 2020 – Present
    P&M Consultants Pty Ltd
    Managing Director
  • Nov 2009 – March 2020
    Industry Director – Ports & Marine
  • 1999 – 2009
    Industry Director – Ports & Maritime
  • 1992 – 1999
    Kellogg Brown & Root/Kinhill Engineers Pty Ltd
    Principal Engineer – Ports & Maritime
  • 1990- 1992
    Kinhill Riedel & Byrne
    Senior Engineer/Office Manager (Fiji)/Resident Engineer
  • 1985 – 1990
    Ports Authority of Fiji
    Port Engineer/Act Director Engineering
  • 1983 – 1985
    Ports Authority of Fiji
    Deputy Port Engineer/Project Engineer – Major Projects
  • 1980-1983
    Ports Authority of Fiji
    Engineer/Deputy Resident Engineer
  • 1979-1980
    Standard Concrete Industries Ltd (FIJI)

I’ve worked with…


Recent P&M Projects

SeaRoad WDE2 Redevelopment

Kuching Deep Water Port

Point Wilson Waterside Infrastructure

Previous Projects

Gellibrand Pier Crane and Gangway Tower Dismantling

Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry(1)

Lae Berth 3 Extension Technical Review

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If you have questions, including but not limited to:

  • Structural Assessments
  • Project Management
  • Port Planning
  • Port Rehabilitation & Upgrading
  • Terminal Projects
  • Port Facility Projects
  • Coastal Protection
  • Container Terminal Projects
  • Port & Maritime Engineering Equiries
  • Lecturing and Speaking on Port & Maritime Engineering

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