The latest news and developments on the implications of climate change for waterborne transport infrastructure. News is added by partners of the the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. You can also let us know about the latest developments by emailing us, or by using #navclimate on twitter.
Is climate change affecting pilots and ports today? - IMarEST member, maritime pilotage consultant and former head of UK Maritime Pilots Association (UKMPA), Don Cockrill MBE CMMar FNI fears extreme weather is not being taken seriously.
DC Industrial is involved in Aggregates, Environment, Dredging, Concrete
NASH Maritime - Innovative solutions for shipping/navigation assessments integrating practical maritime expertise with quantitative analysis
Peel Ports Group Marine the marine team of one of the largest Port Groups in the UK
European Boating Industry is the voice of the recreational boating industry in Europe.
HR Wallingford are specialists in engineering and environmental hydraulics and the water environment.
EUropean Maritime & Environmental Research is a Laboratory for physical/numerical model studies in maritime & environmental topics
The IWT is accompanying barge-operators on their way to greener inland navigation !
IMPA is the International Maritime Pilots’ Association. The International Maritime Pilots’ Association was formed on the initiative of pilots’ associations from the five continents whose representatives met in Kiel, Germany in June 1970. IMPA was officially launched in Amsterdam in May the following year. To date, it represents over 8,000 pilot members in 50 countries.
IMPA is a non-profit making body with a truly international outlook. It seeks to achieve its principal objective – the promotion of professionally sound and safe pilotage. Particularly important has been its accredited consultative membership – since 1973 – at the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
IMPA’s role as a NaCC partner is important not least because of the unique symbiotic relationship between the navigation of ships in restricted waterways and the marine environment.
IMPA aims to:
Existing knowledge about climate change varies across IMPA’s membership. Some, who rely on freshwater levels daily are very aware; others are sceptical. By participating in the Navigating a Changing Climate partnership, IMPA will be able to facilitate the essential greater understanding of the ramifications of climate change: not only amongst its members but also within the membership’s wider port communities that may otherwise not be aware of its impact on their future operations and how they may be able to deal with it.
The effects of climate change are well known and all affect port traffic management and present challenges for the manoeuvring of ships, particularly in confined waterways:
Wind - Increased strength; Visibility – impaired for longer periods; Tidal levels – both increase & decrease; Tidal currents – strengthened; River levels – raised & lowered; River currents – increased; Siltation – higher risk.
IMPA works to raise awareness of these issues with its members and other sister organisations such that new operational methods and parameters might be devised and additional training be implemented to deal with the challenges safely and efficiently in the future.
ANEBP (Asociacion Nacional Empresas Buceo Profesional)Asociacion Nacional Empresas Buceo Profesional) is the National Association of Spanish companies dedicated to Professional Diving.