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.

Representative from the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation discusses experiences and best practices with climate related issues in an interview with the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. Watch the interview here.
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Monday, 12 November 2018 14:24

Mekong River Commission Interview

Representative from the Mekong River Commission discusses experiences and best practices with climate related issues in an interview with the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. Watch the interview here.
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Monday, 12 November 2018 14:23

London Port Authority Interview

Representative from the London Port Authority discusses experiences and best practices with climate related issues in an interview with the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. Watch the interview here.
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Friday, 09 November 2018 15:20

Quebec Port Authority Interview

Representative from the Quebec Port Authority discusses experiences and best practices with climate related issues in an interview with the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. Watch the interview here.
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Friday, 09 November 2018 14:17

Hamburg Port Authority Interview

Representative from the Hamburg Port Authority discusses experiences and best practices with climate related issues in an interview with the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership.  Watch the interview here. 
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Whilst any individual event cannot be attributed to climate change, the following events in South Africa and the Mediterranean this week are nonetheless indicative of what climate scientists expect the ports' sector to see more of in the coming years:…
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Interesting overview on the challenges of sea level rise associated with climate change on port infrastructure in Florida.  See presentation video below.
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A PIANC seminar and workshop (co-promoted by CEDA) in March 2016 about climate change adaptation for ports and navigation infrastructure.  Recorded presentations are available online from the following links;  Introduction  Future-proofing ports and shipping  Climate change adaptation: engaging stakeholders and…
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Friday, 07 October 2016 13:32

Trial of Eco-Efficient Port Equipment

The Smart Energy-Efficient and Adaptive Electric Terminal Tractor prototype has been piloted in real life trials at Noatum Container Terminal Valencia within the SEA TERMINALS project. The electric Terminal Tractor prototype is a full electric vehicle with an AC induction…
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Video posted by the Hamburg Port Authority Cruise ships go to the socket: Shore power for ocean liners  smart port TV shows the shore power system and its operation, and emphasizes the importance of this facility for the Port of Hamburg.…
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