In only a few weeks time we will meet ‘down under’ in the beautiful city of Cairns, Australia for yet another edition of the PIANC Annual General Assembly (AGA). Moreover, the PIANC YPs will hold their 6th Biennial Technical Visit both in Sydney and in Cairns and the AGA. All information on these events can be found at http://aga2017.com.au/.
The organisers of the Australian Section have prepared an interesting programme, both for the participants and for the accompanying persons. We hope to meet many of you in the beautiful city of Cairns!
The AGA will be followed by the Coasts & Ports Conference, co-organised by PIANC Australia.
· PIANC Workshop on November 6, 2017 on PIANC WG 154 on ‘Mitre Gate Design and Operation’ – Save the Date!
· Setting Up a PIANC-ECLAC joint Working Group (WG 201) on the ‘Development of a Proposal of Inland Waterway Classification for South America’
· 69th PIANC RecCom Meeting in Civitavecchia (Italy) on April 7-8, 2017
· Two New RecCom WG Reports in the Pipeline
· New PIANC-ICOMIA Joint Working Group 202 – ‘Influence of Recreational Navigation Infrastructures (RNI) on Waterfront Projects’
· Marina Excellence Design ‘Jack Nichol’ Award (MEDA) 2018
· Next Marina Designer Training Programme (MDTP) Course in Ansan City, South Korea
· Young Professionals Involved in PIANC Working Groups
· Find RecCom on the Social Networks
· Technical Conference at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
· YP United States
· 6th Biennial Technical Visit (BTV) – Registration Closing Soon!
· New Secretary for PIANC Italy
· PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award 2018 – Call for Abstracts
· Navigating a Changing Climate Conference – March 27-28, 2017
· PIANC-SMART Rivers 2017 – Registration Is Now Open!
· One-Day Seminar on ‘Ports & Industrial Corridors’ in New Delhi, India on April 7, 2017
· Download the Flyer of PIANC Colombia!
· Throwback to August 2015…
· Just Shipped
· Publications Pipeline
· European Maritime Day 2017 – ‘The Future of our Seas’
· International Seminar on Inland Waterways and Waterborne Transportation – Call for Papers
News from InCom
PIANC Workshop on November 6, 2017 on PIANC WG 154 on ‘Mitre Gate Design and Operation’ – Save the Date!
On November 6, 2017, PIANC InCom will organise a workshop on its WG-report 154 on ‘Mitre Gate Design and Operation’ in Brussels, Belgium. The report itself is almost ready and will be published at the end of June/beginning of July 2017.
The workshop will be in English and will focus on two parts:
1. A.M.: Presentation of the PIANC InCom WG 154 report by the members of WG 154
2. P.M.: Exchange of experiences (good and bad), with a specific focus on the failures which happened recently at few mitre gates, for instance at Lanaye, Ivoz-Ramet, Havré and Evergem (and a few others in France, the Netherlands, USA, etc.)
The objective is to exchange experiences and to learn from mistakes (lessons learnt). We would like to understand the cause(s) of failures/damages and the mechanism/phenomena that happened, which caused these gates to fail (being temporarily out of use).
Be sure to save the date in your agenda and to promote the event to everyone you might think could be interested!
Chairman of PIANC InCom
Setting Up a PIANC-ECLAC joint Working Group (WG 201) on the ‘Development of a Proposal of Inland Waterway Classification for South America’
The Terms of Reference (ToR) of PIANC WG 201 on the ‘Development of a Proposal of Inland Waterway Classification for South America’ have recently been approved and the WG is currently looking for members to participate in this interesting WG.
In case you would like to participate in this WG, we kindly ask you to contact your National Section, or PIANC HQ/ECLAC (with copy to HQ), in case your country doesn’t have a National Section, before May 31, 2017.
Please be aware that most of the meetings will be organised in South America. The kick-off meeting should be organised during the PIANC-SMART Rivers 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh USA.
Chairman of PIANC InCom
News from RecCom
69th PIANC RecCom Meeting in Civitavecchia (Italy) on April 7-8, 2017
With a very good participation of RecCom members and the very appreciated presences of Mr Youngmin Oh, Secretary of PIANC Korea, Ms Caroline Lootens from PIANC Belgium and Mr Robert Nathan from PIANC USA as observers and invited guests, on last 7th of April the RecCom statutory meeting took place on April 7, 2017 at Forte Michelangelo and technical visits were held the next day, on April 8. The Italian Cost Guard kindly hosted and supported RecCom’s activities. The following gives a nice description of the event, written by Oscar Siches.
During the meeting, the RecCom members were informed about the new RecCom Chairman. Esteban Biondi, a 17-year veteran of Advanced Technology and Management (USA), combines engineering knowledge and experience with marina operational know-how. He will chair the next fall meeting closing the transition period. We all thank Elio Ciralli for his 12 years at the RecCom helm, characterised by strong leadership, exquisite behaviour and endless energy. He will be missed.
The Korean Delegate, Mr Lee Wook-Jae confirmed the Korean Section’s intention of organising the next Marina Designer Training Programme (MDTP) course. The course will be held in July, conditioned to a minimum amount of delegates meeting the inscription deadline. 10 foreign delegates and 10 Korean ones are necessary to make the event possible.
Ms Maccarini suggested to address the difference between yacht clubs and marinas. It was agreed that Mr Siches and Mr Perocchio would produce a first draft with the difference in order to distribute it among the RecCom members for comments and editing.
Another matter addressed was the type of accidents found in yacht harbours. A first draft based in contingency and emergency existing plans will be prepared.
On the subject of new innovations for marina construction, it was decided that only systems with more than two years on the field will be mentioned.
Bob Nathan (Moffat & Nichol USA) expressed his concern about the application of the new electrical code for marinas in the USA (NEC). Mr Siches shall prepare a draft with comments and possible implications of the measure in new and existing marinas.
As Kathleen Bernaert from Belgium is transferred to a different department, her place has been taken by Mr Timmermans, and Mr Siches will be representing RecCom at the two annual PTG CC meetings.
On Friday evening, we were treated to a dinner in a local restaurant, where spirits were high and chatting loud and entertaining.
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Two New RecCom WG Reports in the Pipeline
WG 149 – ‘Guidelines for Marina Design’ (Part IV) and WG 147 – ‘Guidelines for the Management of Recreational Navigation Activities within Fishing and Commercial Ports’ are ready to be published.
New PIANC-ICOMIA Joint Working Group 202 – ‘Influence of Recreational Navigation Infrastructures (RNI) on Waterfront Projects’
The new PIANC-ICOMIA joint working group 202 was launched on April 11, 2017. For the interesting and timely matter several organisations were invited to appoint their experts, among them the Global Marina Institute, the Waterfront Alliance and Rete – Association for the Collaboration between Ports and Cities.
Please spread the word within your network to permit experts of your country to join this Working Group.
Next Marina Designer Training Programme (MDTP) Course in Ansan City, South Korea
Young Professionals Involved in PIANC Working Groups
PIANC RecCom is drafting a document with proposals to boost participation of Young Professionals in the PIANC expert Working Groups (WGs). Being part of a PIANC Working Group is a recognised and appreciated professional activity that should always be present in CV’s and resumes. Stay in touch with the launch of new PIANC WGs and do not hesitate to submit your candidature through your National Section of PIANC.
Find RecCom on the Social Networks
Here are the links to the social networks containing RecCom information and news:
MEDA on Facebook:
MDTP on Facebook:
Elio Ciralli, Simone Lanzalone, Oscar Siches
Communication & Editing Sub-Committee
Technical Conference at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
This 2nd event of the year organised by PIANC Singapore was truly a breakthrough as it was the first time that PIANC Singapore organised a technical conference.
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YP United States
Following last edition’s farewell to Jason Giovannettone, a good friend, colleague, US YP Delegate and Observer of EnviCom, the US Section of PIANC is now in the process of appointing a new YP Delegate. After receiving a particularly strong candidate pool, US Commissioners now have a difficult decision to make.
6th Biennial Technical Visit (BTV) – Registration Closing Soon!
The next BTV in June 2017 will be held in Australia. This event is aligned with the 22nd Australian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 15th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference (co-hosted by PIANC) in Sydney and Cairns, Australia. The programme will ensure two days of site visits and one day of presentations.
The event will start on Friday June 16, 2017 in Sydney, Australia with technical visits around Sydney Harbour. During the weekend, the group will travel to Cairns, Queensland (near the Great Barrier Reef) where the rest of the event will be held. Various technical visits and presentations, as well as social networking events will be held in Cairns. Importantly during this period, the PIANC AGA and ExCom meetings will be held and plans are underway to combine various social events.
Registration for this prestigious event closes on May 12, 2017 and is limited to 60 participants. For background information or to register, please visit http://aga2017.com.au/btv.
Thanks to PIANC Australia and Will Glamore for organising such a great programme!
Save the dates!
Chairman of YP-Com
Co-Chairman of YP-Com
Stay in the know. Connect with us on LinkedIn – PIANC Young Professionals
New Secretary for PIANC Italy
PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award 2018 – Call for Abstracts
We would like to ask you to distribute this message among your Young Professionals. All abstracts/papers should be sent to PIANC HQ (email@example.com).
The PIANC-DPWA Rules & Criteria can be found at http://www.pianc.org/awardsdepaepewillems.php.
Eng. Louis Van Schel
Secretary-General of PIANC
Navigating a Changing Climate Conference – March 27-28, 2017
The very successful ‘Navigating a Changing Climate’ Initiative’s conference, subtitled ‘Moving Towards Low Carbon and Resilient Waterborne Transport Infrastructure’, took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels on March 27-28, 2017. The Conference attracted a lot of participants from various parts of the world.
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On March 29, 2017 some of the Conference participants joined the technical tour to the Port of Zeebrugge.
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The conference report from this informative and thought-provoking event is now available. This conference report:
- highlights the key messages from the conference
- provides a summary of the presentations
- includes links to speakers abstracts and bios; to their PowerPoint presentations; and to the video recordings
- presents the outcomes of an ad hoc lunchtime discussion on energy sources and emissions from waterborne transport
The Navigating a Changing Climate conference document can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7BzhazI9p3-ZTdtZ1NzWURkSkk/view.
If you have any questions, either about the conference or the activities of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, please feel free to follow up directly with Mrs Jan Brooke, Focal Point of the Navigating a Changing Climate Initiative.
Focal Point, GCA ‘Navigating a Changing Climate initiative’
PIANC-SMART Rivers 2017 – Registration Is Now Open!
The preliminary programme can be found at: http://smartrivers2017.busyconf.com/schedule. More information on the short courses and registration can be found on the PIANC USA website. The PIANC USA website also provides information on booking hotel rooms, technical tours, international travel, exhibitor registration, and more. We are also still soliciting Cooperating Organisations, Sponsors and Exhibitors.
For information on any of these opportunities please feel free to contact Emily Vuxton, PIANC USA Deputy Secretary.
PIANC USA Deputy Secretary
One-Day Seminar on ‘Ports & Industrial Corridors’ in New Delhi, India on April 7, 2017
On April 7, 2017, the Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI) organised a one-day Seminar on ‘Ports & Industrial Corridors’, which was successfully held at IIC, New Delhi, India. Minister of State, Port & Highways, GOI, Mr Mansukh Mandaviya, graced the inauguration and delivered an inspiring speech.
Honorary Vice-President of PIANC
Download the Flyer of PIANC Colombia!
PIANC Colombia recently published its very own PIANC Colombia flyer. Have a look at this flyer and see what you can do for your own National Section!
Throwback to August 2015…
In the PIANC e-newsletter ‘Sailing Ahead’ of August 2015 we got to know little Takara, son of Mr Kiyomizu, who was Secretary of PIANC WG 145 and member of the Japanese Section of PIANC. As he had just moved to Brussels as the successor of Mr Mori at Sumitomo Rubber Industries, LRD, Mr Kiyomizu and his wife and son paid a visit to PIANC HQ to come and say hello.
In March 2017, they paid us another visit, however this time to come and say goodbye, as the family in the meantime moved back to Japan. As you can see in the pictures, little Takara is still very keen in taking over Mr Van Schel’s position as PIANC Secretary-General! We wish Mr Kiyomizu and his family all the best in Japan!
The following publication was published in March 2017:
WG 156 (InCom):
‘E-Navigation for Inland Waterways 2017’
The following publication will be published in May 2017:
PIANC Yearbook 2016
The following publications will be published in June/July 2017:
WG 149 – Part IV (RecCom):
‘Guidelines for Marina Design’
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European Maritime Day 2017 – ‘The Future of our Seas’
Registration is now open for the European Maritime Day 2017 – ‘The Future of our Seas’. The conference will be held in Poole, UK on May 18-19, 2017.
The programme includes more than 30 stakeholder workshops and project pitches on the following themes: Innovation & Growth, People & Skills, Safety & Security, and Sustainability & Governance. It also features attractive plenary sessions, including inspirational keynotes, a leadership exchange, a practitioner's exchange on sea-basin strategies, as well as a project launch for the 2016 EMFF Blue Growth call.
International Seminar on Inland Waterways and Waterborne Transportation – Call for Papers
The Brazilian Society of Naval Engineering – SOBENA will hold the 10th International Seminar on Inland Waterways and Waterborne Transportation on September 12-14, 2017 in the city of Belém, in the state of Pará, Brazil. The main objective of the SOBENA Inland Waterways Seminar is to promote the dissemination of results from recent investigations and technological studies related to Inland Waterways and Waterborne Transportation. The improvement of safety and efficiency are also key aspects that are to be considered during the event.
For more information about this Seminar, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/sobena-hidroviario2017/o-evento-the-event. If you wish to submit an abstract, please click here.
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