Ten new Working Group reports were published in 2016 (six MarCom reports, two InCom reports and two RecCom reports)! We would like to thank all members who have contributed to these reports, because this is the best proof of the intrinsic vitality of our Association.
All Working Group members will be sent a hard copy version of their reports in the beginning of the new year. Therefore, we urge all Working Group Chairpersons to forward the postal addresses of their members to PIANC HQ, so we can send the copies.
The next ExCom, Council and Secretaries meetings, along with the yearly Commission meetings will take place at the end of January-beginning of February 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. We hope to welcome many of our Delegates for another round of fruitful meetings!
Finally, together with our entire editorial team, I hope you will enjoy this new issue of our newsletter! PIANC International would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
· New Terms of Reference (WG’s 197 & 198) – Call for Members
· PIANC WG 189 – ‘Fatigue of Hydraulic Steel Structures’ – Update
· Restart of the Permanent Working Group 125 on River Information Services
· RecCom Joins ICOMIA World Marina Conference 2016 in Amsterdam
· RecCom and GMI Make Point About Cooperation
· 68th RecCom Meeting
· Update on the Progress of PIANC WG 178 – ‘Climate Change Adaptation for Maritime and Inland Port and Navigation Infrastructure’
· 2nd PIANC YP-Com River Plate Meeting in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
· YP-Com Event during PIANC-COPEDEC IX 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
· 1st Iranian YP-Com Meeting in Tehran, Iran
· YP-Com Philippines Meeting
· VII Seminario Internacional de Ingeniería y Operación Portuaria (SIOP) 2016
· 6th BTV Australia, June 15-21, 2017, Sidney & Cairns, Australia
· First Announcement 34th PIANC World Congress in Panama on May 7-12, 2018
· News from Marrakech: a PIANC Perspective on COP22
· Navigating a Changing Climate Conference – ‘Moving Towards Low Carbon and Resilient Waterborne Transport Infrastructure’ – Register Now!
· Report on the PIANC-COPEDEC IX Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
· Report on the 12th International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Marine Structures (ICOPMAS) 2016
· Permanent Task Group: PIANC/Universities Consortium (TG-PUC) – Call for Members
· Trelleborg Launches Fender Selection Tool, Reducing Hours of Work to a Few Clicks
· Raising the Bar for Foam Fender Quality
· New Book on ‘Inland Waterway Transport – Challenges and Prospects’
· Just Shipped
· Publications Pipeline
· Sir William Harris Lecture – ‘Titanic, from Engineering Triumph to Human Tragedy’
· North American Dredging Summit
· International Exhibition & Conference in Coastal, Waterway and Port Developments – World Water Works
· CEDA Dredging Days 2017 – Call for Abstracts
· Marcello Conti (1942-2016)
News from InCom
New Terms of Reference (WG’s 197 & 198) – Call for Members
During its meeting in October 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, the ExCom approved two new Terms of Reference (ToR) of InCom:
· InCom WG 197: ‘Small Hydropower Plant in Waterways’
· InCom WG 198: ‘Saltwater Intrusion Mitigations and Technologies for Inland Waterways’
Both Working Groups are still looking for members. In case you are interested in joining the WG’s, please contact your National Section or contact PIANC HQ in case your country doesn’t have a National Section.
PIANC WG 189 – ‘Fatigue of Hydraulic Steel Structures’ – Update
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) office in Portland was the location for a group meeting on Thursday October 27, 2016.
Member of PIANC WG 189
Restart of the Permanent Working Group 125 on River Information Services
Already in 1999 PIANC recognised the importance of the development of River Information Services (RIS) and installed a Working Group on this topic with the task to develop the first edition of the Guidelines for River Information Services. These RIS Guidelines were published in 2002. The second edition of the PIANC RIS Guidelines as published in 2004 was an important corner stone of the Directive on River Information Services of the European Commission that came into force in 2005.
Since the first initiatives in Europe on River Information Services, this concept on information exchange to support traffic and transport management in inland navigation has found its way throughout the world. River Information Services are in an implementation stage in North and South America, Europe and Asia. PIANC recognised that, since the publication of the RIS Guidelines version 2004, further developments on services and standards, as well as technical and practical experience, have taken place. This led to the update of the RIS guidelines in 2011 when edition 3 of the Guidelines has been published. This edition of the guidelines reflects the world-wide implementation and operation experiences in the domain of information services in inland navigation.
In recent years the concept of Corridor Management is recognised as an important next step in the deployment of RIS services. In the context of RIS, Corridor Management is defined as information services among waterway authorities mutually and with waterway users and related logistic partners to optimise use of inland navigation corridors within a network of waterways. Corridor Management will lead to benefits for inland navigation in the multimodal logistics chain.
For PIANC this was the moment to revive the Permanent Working Group 125 with the task to update the PIANC RIS Guidelines and Recommendations for River Information Services after having analysed the world-wide status and relevant developments on RIS. Apart from Corridor Management it is also clear that a lot can be learnt from related concepts in other transport domains, like there are e-Navigation in the maritime world and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the road sector.
The Permanent Working Group 125 on RIS restarted its activities in 2016 with a still increasing amount of team members, we are now with 20 members from Europe, USA and Asia. Apart from its kick-off meeting, the Working Group had its first working meeting in Barcelona in October 2016. At the meeting the work programme and the initial draft of a status overview of RIS related developments were discussed and following the PIANC WG125 tradition, excursions took place. The Spanish Working Group members Pedro Vila and Xavier Pascual of the company SENER S.A. organised excellent field trips to the port of Barcelona and the control centre of the autonomous subway lines in Barcelona.
Permanent Working Group 125
News from RecCom
RecCom Joins ICOMIA World Marina Conference 2016 in Amsterdam
The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference (IWMC) 2016, held in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre on November 17-19, was a truly international event.
Over 200 marina professionals from 39 countries joined the 9th edition of this prominent travelling conference – the theme of which was ‘Future of Marinas in a Changing World’. With over 40 speakers representing leading marina organisations from almost every part of the world and an extensive conference programme running the gamut of the sector, IWMC focused on the future development of marina facilities around the globe. The conference was held in parallel with the METSTRADE Show and its dedicated Marina & Yard Pavilion.
Mr Roberto Perocchio, Chairman of The ICOMIA Marinas Group, invited Mr Elio Ciralli, Chairman of PIANC RecCom to speak at the breakout session dealing about ‘Water Planning Regimes and Zones’
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RecCom and GMI Make Point About Cooperation
During the IWMC, Mr Elio Ciralli, Mr Oscar Siches, Mr John Hogan and Ms Sarah Dhanda held a specific meeting for checking the status of cooperation between the two organisations after they signed a specific MoU in January 2016.
The meeting was highly effective and the ground was prepared for the creation of a specific ‘formative network’ with the aim of sharing and transmitting a sufficient technical knowledge for the sake of planners, designers, developers, owners, managers and operators and other professionals involved in the marina market.
This will be done through the mutual participation of experts from the two organisations during their respective courses and the use of the respective technical reports.
68th RecCom Meeting
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The meeting was the occasion to check the status of cooperation on several active Working Groups and to boost ICOMIA participation in the RecCom activities like MEDA and MDTP.
Elio Ciralli, Oscar Siches, Kathleen Bernaert & Simone Lanzalone
News from EnviCom
Update on the Progress of PIANC WG 178 – ‘Climate Change Adaptation for Maritime and Inland Port and Navigation Infrastructure’
A group of 14 attended the 5th meeting of this Working Group in Westminster London on December 7-8, 2016. The focus of the session was to:
- progress individual sections of the guidance document
- work on case studies and identify additional ones
- discuss dates for finalisation and delivery
We have made good progress in most of the sections with one or two requiring chase up from the key authors. This might result in an additional meeting in USA or Italy in mid-January/early February, notably on risk assessment. We have developed an action plan for sections to be in final draft for the end of January/early February and by the time of the Navigating a Changing Climate conference in Brussels on March 28, to be in a position to present and confirm the publication date.
Chairman of WG 178
2nd PIANC YP-Com River Plate Meeting in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
On behalf of PIANC Argentina YP Board
VII Seminario Internacional de Ingeniería y Operación Portuaria (SIOP) 2016
SIOP 2016 in Chile was organised with a huge support of PIANC YPs in Chile, amongst others by José Aldunate, Patricio Wincklet, Raúl Oberreuter. It was a great conference with more than 100 participants coming from more than 10 different countries. The main topic of the conference was ‘Sustainable Ports: The Great Challenge’. PIANC was very well represented on this topic with Tiedo Vellinga from TU Delft and Port of Rotterdam, who was the Chairman of EnviCom WG 150 – ‘Sustainable Ports, A Guide for Port Authorities’, and Pablo Arecco from the University of Buenos Aires and Port of Rotterdam, who has also presented about PIANC and PIANC YP-Com in order to motivate Chilean professionals to join PIANC.
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6th BTV Australia, June 15-21, 2017, Sidney & Cairns, Australia
Importantly during this period, the PIANC AGA and ExCom meetings will be held and plans are underway to combine various social events with the Executive Committee.
Following the BTV, delegates are encouraged to attend the Coasts and Ports Conference, co-sponsored by PIANC Australia, which will also include various YP Events.
All are welcome. For more details, contact Will Glamore.
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PIANC HQ is delighted to welcome Canada back on board as Qualifying Member of PIANC! Mr Stephen Kwok will be acting as First Delegate of Canada. We are happy to have the country represented within PIANC again!
For a complete overview of PIANC’s Qualifying Members, please click here.
First Announcement 34th PIANC World Congress in Panama on May 7-12, 2018
News from Marrakech: a PIANC Perspective on COP22
In November 2016, the COP22 meetings on climate change took place in Marrakech, Morocco. The focus of COP22 was on action – delivering the commitments set out in the Paris Agreement. It is also clear that adaptation is moving up the climate change political agenda.
PIANC and the Think Climate coalition were represented at several events. PIANC President Geoffroy Caude participated in various activities, as did Working Group 178 members Laure Herbert and Onno Musch. Click here to see a report on their activities and to understand some of the implications of COP22 for waterborne transport infrastructure.
Focal Point for PIANC’s Think Climate coalition and
the Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan
Have a look at our new website, online since COP22, which started in Marrakech, Morocco, on November 7, 2016.
Don’t miss out on the ‘Navigating a Changing Climate’ Conference, which will take place in Brussels, on March 27-28, 2017. The Call for Sponsors has been launched and registration is now open on the Conference website. Save the dates for this interesting event!
Focal Point for PIANC’s Think Climate coalition and
the Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan
Report on the PIANC-COPEDEC IX Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The hosts of the technical visits were Porto Sudeste, Sepetiba Tecon, Porto Novo, LabOceano – the Laboratory for Ocean Technology of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – and the Navy Hydrography Center – Marine Meteorological Service.
One of the short courses was about ‘Innovative Developments in Port & Waterway Planning and Design’ and the other one dealt with dredging related issues. In the framework of the first short course, PIANC EnviCom organised a workshop entitled ‘Nature-Based Solutions for Port and Waterway Design and Coastal Zone Management’. This workshop aimed to inspire an exchange knowledge on nature-based solutions for the design and management of ports and waterways and coastal zones, including climate change and adaptation challenges.
Head of International Advisory
National Waterway Transportation Agency
Report on the 12th International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Marine Structures (ICOPMAS) 2016
Over 1,300 students, professors, researchers and scientists participated in ICOPMAS 2016. 131 papers were accepted for oral presentation, as well as 88 poster presentations out of the overall number of 426 received papers.
The exhibition consisted of two different halls with 52 booths allocated to different national and international organisations, consulting engineers, contractors and all other participants.
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Secretary of PIANC Iran
Permanent Task Group: PIANC/Universities Consortium (TG-PUC) – Call for Members
Please note that PIANC has established a Permanent Task Group – ‘PIANC/Universities Consortium’ to establish a communication network linking universities and academic centres among member nations and to disseminate the knowledge gathered in the various PIANC Working Groups and integrate it into regular university programmes.
This Task Group is still looking for members. In case you are interested in joining the Task Group, please forward your candidacy to your National Section or to PIANC HQ (in case your country doesn’t have a National Section).
Trelleborg Launches Fender Selection Tool, Reducing Hours of Work to a Few Clicks
Mishra Kumar, Technical Director for Marine Fenders at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, said: “With so many factors to consider in the specification of fender systems, we wanted to make the process as simple as possible for consultants, enabling them to determine the optimum fenders for their project needs in just a few clicks.”
The new tool can complete a calculation process for up to ten types of fenders, cross referencing up to 23 grades, which would take several hours if prepared manually. The digitised process takes the user through just four simple input sections, generating a document that details all potential fender systems suitable for the application and performance required. Results generated are compliant to both PIANC guidelines and the latest British Standards for fender system design.
The Fender Selection Tool is part of Trelleborg’s commitment to enabling a Smarter Approach to port and terminal efficiency. This philosophy – centred on key cornerstones of automation and data-centricity – extends beyond port and terminal infrastructure to enabling faster, more effective decision making across entire product lifecycles and supply chains.
To explore the tool, visit: https://goo.gl/DTfcbM
Raising the Bar for Foam Fender Quality
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new interactive whitepaper and on-demand webinar outlining a new best practice approach to the design and manufacture of foam fenders, and recommending a new testing method to ensure the best possible quality and performance.
The whitepaper, entitled ‘Smarter Foam Theory’, contains Trelleborg’s latest research into the characteristics of foam, and the way foam fenders are tested, providing background and guidance on the issue.
Mishra Kumar, Technical Director for Marine Fenders at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, said: “Foam fenders are an extremely versatile solution, often the most effective system for a number of applications. However, the specification and production of foam fenders needs to be taken more seriously, to give facility owners and operators reassurance when specifying foam for the most demanding and critical applications.”
In the webinar, Kumar, Trelleborg’s materials expert, explains the results of the research programme in more detail, and how specifiers can use this new data to aid foam fender specification going forward.
Kumar’s webinar details an innovative, standardised test method Trelleborg has developed which will enable specifiers to substantiate supplier performance data, using step-by-step test protocols for performance and quality assurance testing.
New Book on ‘Inland Waterway Transport – Challenges and Prospects’
This book, by Bart Wiegmans and Rob Konings sheds a light on the inland waterway transport sector to increase awareness for and insights in this very interesting freight transport sector. It gives the reader a thorough understanding of the current role of inland waterway transport as a freight transport system and its conditions. These conditions are both related to the inherent features of inland waterway transport, e.g. characteristics of the fleet and the waterways, and the economic, social and political environment in which the inland waterway transport sector has to operate. These environments are in a flux and create both opportunities and threats for the future role of inland waterway transport. In this respect there is a great challenge for the inland waterway transport sector to successfully adapt to changing conditions. Through addressing this changing environment the book also explores the strategies for the inland waterway transport sector to secure and enlarge its role in the future of freight transport.
ISBN 9781138826717 (hardback) or ISBN 9781315739083 (ebook)
Secretary of PIANC Netherlands
The following publications were published in December 2016:
WG 196 (ex-MarCom WG 47):
‘Criteria for the Selection of Breakwater Types and their Related Optimum Safety Levels’
WG 162 (MarCom):
‘Recommendations for the Increased Durability and Service Life of New Marine Concrete Infrastructure’
There are currently no publications in the pipeline.
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Sir William Harris Lecture – ‘Titanic, from Engineering Triumph to Human Tragedy’
Join this interesting lecture on Monday January 9, 2017 at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London, UK at 6 p.m. The lecture will be presented by Mr Graham Anthony, maritime historian. For more information and to find out how to register, please download the flyer here.
Secretary of PIANC UK
North American Dredging Summit
The North American Dredging Summit will take place on February 8-9, 2017 in Houston, Texas, USA with the overall theme ‘Overcoming Environmental & Legislative Constraints and Advancing Dredging Technology’.
The North American Dredging Summit follows on from the successful European editions of ACI’s Dredging Summit series. With the ongoing operational and technical challenges in dredging project management in the international dredging industry, as well as the considerable regulations in place, this event will aim to discuss the key factors necessary in order to facilitate growth and competitiveness in the US Dredging Market.
With an evenly balanced focus of technical, commercial, environmental and case study based topics, this event is a prime opportunity to network and learn with senior level decision makers in the Americas Dredging Industry. Topics to be reviewed include the latest technology advancements on the US market to increase dredging productivity for more cost effective operations. Furthermore, the delegates and speakers will also host talks on the extent to which the growth of dredging technology and practices have been impacted by the Jones’ Act, as well as key regulatory and legislation challenges of operating in US waters. We will further discuss the challenges in Health & Safety hazard analysis in order to eliminate or control hazards during the dredging projects, and an objective look at the benefits global dredging techniques would have on the American dredging market.
The two-day conference will consist of a number of informative presentations followed by an interactive Q&A session, panel discussions which will give a deep insight on the views shared from the different aspects of dredging and open discussion to further involve the delegates.
For more information, please visit the Conference website.
The International Exhibition & Conference in Coastal, Waterway and Port Developments will be held on May 29-30, 2017 in Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands. The event is the leading platform for global issues related to hydraulic engineering. The overall ecology issues, the navigability of rivers, the development of ports and infrastructures, the upscaling trend of shipping and the growing threat of flooding are interconnected and global issues which required an international meeting place.
World Water Works attracted more than 300 delegates and 50 exhibiting sponsors to its last edition, from relevant sectors, such as ports and waterways maintenance and construction, dredging, wet and dry infrastructures, hinterland protection and water related civil engineering for bridges, locks and tunnels. For more information please visit www.worldwaterworks.eu
CEDA Dredging Days 2017 – Call for Abstracts
Dredging in marine, estuarine and freshwater environments affects the ecosystem and its associated services to nature and humanity either in a positive or in a negative manner. New insights in the natural processes, in the potential impacts and benefits and new, adapted methods and technologies allow the modern dredging industry to provide sustainable solutions for developing and maintaining essential infrastructure, while securing the continuity of ecosystem services.
CEDA Dredging Days 2017 will focus broadly on:
· Project initiation, planning and design
· Environmental and social assessment and management: Predictions, modelling and monitoring
· Sustainable working method and equipment
· Sediment management
· Inland dredging
The Technical Papers and Programme Committee is particularly interested in papers presenting novel solutions and approaches leading to and/or demonstrating dredging projects that fulfil their primary functional requirement, while adding value to nature, economy and society both in marine and freshwater environments.
Deadline for submissions is January 9, 2017.
General Manager CEDA
Marcello Conti (1942-2016)
Chairman of PIANC RecCom
Member of PIANC Italy
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