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 Navigating a Changing Climate Partnerships 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.

NavClimate partner ESPO and supporter EFIP have issued a joint Position Paper, entitled Ports in the European Rail System, which calls on policy makers to put port-rail networks at the heart of multi-modality.  This issue is a key element of…
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A new article in the Marine Professional discusses a recent announcement from the Norwegian government of intentions to reduce emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by half by 2030 and to promote the development of zero- and low-emission solutions for…
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A new article in the Marine Engineers Messenger discusses a proposal from BIMCO to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which calls to regulate propulsion power of ships in order to sustain the greenhouse gas savings already achieved through slower steaming.…
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NavClimate supporter Port of Antwerp today announced that they have ordered the construction of a tug powered by hydrogen, the first in the world. This is another important step by the Port in its transition to a sustainable, CO2-neutral port.…
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Exciting news today from the UN Climate Action Summit: the Getting to Zero Coalition, an alliance of senior leaders from the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors supported by government and IGOs, will lead the push for shipping’s decarbonization with…
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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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