IHNC Lake Borgne Surge Barrer Photo: Team New Orleans / CC-BY

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier was completed in 2013 near the confluence of and across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet near New Orleans. Designed to defend against a 100-yr storm surge, the 1,8-mile long flood wall includes three navigable flood gates. Organic material dredged during construction was deposited in nearby wetland habitats to enhance environmental conditions.

Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure

We believe it is time to stop using uncertainty as an excuse for inaction. The evidence is unequivocal. Climate change is happening. Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now.

The agreement reached at the COP21 meetings in Paris in December 2015 to limit warming to less than two degrees represented a significant step for the international community. Notwithstanding this agreement, however, climate scientists are in general agreement that the world is already locked in to further change in key climate parameters. If we fail to achieve the less than two degrees goal, things will get worse still.

The Think Climate coalition partners believe that it is time to stop using uncertainty as a reason for inaction. Scientific evidence is unequivocal: the climate is changing. Adaptation of navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now.

In addition to contributing to mitigation, it is therefore vital for the sector to coordinate globally and act locally to adapt waterborne transport infrastructure and the operations that depend on it to the changing climate; and to strengthen resilience – in turn reducing the vulnerability of the sector to more frequent extreme events. Such action will be vital to ensure navigational safety, to reduce downtime and protect business continuity.

On behalf of the partners of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, we would like to sincerely thank the ports who have responded to our survey created to improve understanding of the consequences and costs of extreme meteorological and/or oceanographic events. We already have nearly…
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A new article in the Marine Engineers Messenger discusses a new report by the Maritime Strategies International (MSI) consultancy on behalf of the European Climate Foundation that considers a study of radical decarbonisation effects on shipping. The report focusses on…
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The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee met in May and one of the topics discussed was efforts to build on the historic greenhouse gas emissions strategy. Large shipping nations and European economies are urging shipowners to hasten operational…
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The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology has provided input on the UK’s Clean Maritime Plan which was launched today and sets out a maritime zero-emission travel strategy. All new ships for UK waters ordered from 2025 should be…
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Interesting article about the forthcoming launch of the world’s first zero-emission commercial vessel powered by hydrogen fuel cells.  Nicknamed the 'Water-Go-Round', the ferry is due to launch in the San Francisco Bay area (USA) in the autumn of 2019. Find…
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Please take part in the Navigating a Changing Climate survey on extreme weather events, which was launched at the IAPH Guangzhou 2019 World Ports Conference. The purpose of this survey is to gather information from port operators around the world…
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The guidance from PIANC's Technical Working Group 188 on Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure was published in April 2019.  This publication investigates the carbon footprint of activities associated with the development, maintenance and operation of navigation channels and port…
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UNCTAD - Trade Logistics Branch

UNCTAD Trade Logistics Branch considers climate change and low-carbon shipping as part of its work on trade logistics.
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UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, has created a new website 'SIDSport-ClimateAdapt' (https://sidsport-climateadapt.unctad.org/).  This website is dedicated to the issue of climate change impacts and adaptation for critical coastal transport infrastructure, such as seaports and airports, in…
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Putting Nature to Work: Integrating Green and Gray Infrastructure for Water Security and Climate Resilience.  A great new report from World Bank - very much in line with PIANC's Working with Nature philosophy and with the 'integrated solutions' theme in…
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