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01 March 2019 : Inland Waterways - Managing the assets & future projects
will be held in London on 18th March 2019. Visit our page for more informaiton.

7 January 2019 : Sir William Harris lecture
This year’s Sir William Harris Lecture entitled “A modern alliance for a modern lifeboat service” was delivered by Mr Howard Richings. Sir Harris lecture 2019
The lecture included a brief history of The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the background and detail of the creation and operation of the Alliance demonstrating a cooperative approach to construction.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is best known for the selfless actions of its volunteer crews and its fleet of 350 high-tech lifeboats. Providing the infrastructure to support this operation is a lesser known aspect of the RNLI’s work. Howard Richings spent 26 years managing the procurement of these essential civil engineering and building works and promoted an Alliance Agreement that saw a £100M+ package of high risk maritime projects completed in a cooperative and claim free environment built on the principles recommended by Egan and Latham and utilising the NEC form of contract.

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8 June 2016 : Call for abstracts for the ICE Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters (5 – 7 September 2017, Liverpool)

yp june meetingThe Institution of Civil Engineers is pleased to invite PIANC members to submit abstracts showcasing innovative projects and recent advances in coastal and maritime engineering.

Successful authors will be invited to present at the eleventh Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters conference, taking place 5-7 September 2017 in Liverpool.

The meeting attracts over 450 delegates from around the world, offering presenters and their organisations a unique opportunity to share findings and research with carefully targeted audience of marine and coastal project engineers, technicians, architects, infrastructure directors, consultants and academics. 

Why submit

  • Benefit from international knowledge sharing 
  • Showcase your paper to thousands of readers through inclusion in major engineering indexes and resources including the ICE Virtual Library
  • Peer Review is unsurpassed, ensuring that the originality, authority and accuracy of your work will be fully recognised 
  • Formal proceedings published after the event provide an invaluable resource for all organisations wanting access to the most up to date and robust information in the field of coastal and maritime engineering
  • Reduced registration fee for presenting authors

How to submit

5 August 2014 : PIANC UK July 2014 Newsletter

Table of contents:

  • PIANC UK committee 2014
  • PIANC UK in hyperspace
  • Noticeboard (joint meeting pianc/ukela, 4th port of the future conference, icopmas conference, photographic competition – early warning)
  • Report: 33rd pianc congress & AGA - San Francisco – June 2014
  • Pianc international news
  • YP news
  • Associated Societies
  • Online registration for events
  • Pianc uk corporate members

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30 July 2013 : Injection Dredging and Sustainable Maritime Navigation have just been published

For more information on:

Both publications are available at www.pianc.org.

26 June 2013 : Two new PIANC publications: "Inventory of Inspection and Repair Techniques of Navigation Structures (Steel, Concrete, Masonry and Timber) both Underwater and In-the-Dry" and “Design and Operational Guidelines for Superyacht Facilities”

For more information on:

  • "Inventory of Inspection and Repair Techniques of Navigation Structures (Steel, Concrete, Masonry and Timber) both Underwater and In-the-Dry", download our press release here (.pdf)

  • “Design and Operational Guidelines for Superyacht Facilities”, download our press release here (.pdf)

Both publications are available at www.pianc.org.

25 June 2013 : PIANC UK June 2013 Newsletter

Table of contents:

  • Report from the UKC Chairman
  • InCom WG127—Fish Passage Publication Available
  • PIANC AGA Marseilles 2013
  • Third Mediterranean Days of Coastal and Port Engineering Marseilles May 2013
  • Update on PIANC WG158—Port Planning Guidelines
  • Port of Dover Host PIANC Site Visit
  • PIANC UK Young Professionals
  • Working with Nature Award
  • ICE Maritime Panel paper published
  • Dredging and port construction and their interaction with features of archaeological or heritage interest
  • Working Group Representative Vacancies, Social Media, Benefits of Membership
  • PIANC Academic Network, Online Booking for Events, Events Programme
  • PIANC UK Corporate Members

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24 June 2013 : PIANC UK Young Professionals, Monday 10 June 2013

PIANC UK Young Professionals held an evening seminar at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on Monday 10th June 2013.

yp june meetingThe lecture room was crammed full with a wide range of attendees of engineering and science backgrounds from consultants, contractors to operators.

A presentation format of 20 slides with 20 seconds per slide created a fast paced and refreshing presentation style with 11 speakers managing to squeeze in an insight into their experiences working on maritime projects. The bar, generously subsidised by PIANC UK, remained open late as attendees and presenters continued sharing their experiences and networking.

This seminar followed a visit to the Port of Dover earlier in the year. PIANC Young professionals activity is high and more site visits and exchange seminars are anticipated over the next year and it is also planned to increase the number of young professionals on the UK committee. Watch this space…

Speakers were:




James Spragg

Boskalis Westminster

Subsea Rock Placement Operations

Capt Paddy Lavin

Army–Royal Engineers

Engineering in the Royal Engineers

Rob Bull


Asset management at the Port of Dover

Jo Meekley

MDL Marinas

Floating Drydocks: The Sealift in Brixham Harbour

Briain O’Dowd

HR Wallingford

A holistic approach to Channel design and breakwater optimisation

Clare Jones

Buro Happold

Reinstating historical sluicing for navigation at Hayle Harbour

Alexandra Theoharis

Oil Spill Response Ltd

MARPOL – incidents, responses and navigational impacts

Nick Elderfield


Improving safety and efficiency in vessel berthing and operations

Jon Woodhams

HR Wallingford

Physical Modelling the effects of passing ships

Lizzie Chellew


The influence of cofferdam shape on local scour patterns – physical model experiments.

Colm Sheehan

Anthony Bates Partnership

Optimising the design of a dredged berth box

For more information on our YP group, visit our dedicated page on this website.

Jamie Holmes
Young Professionals Representative for the PIANC UK Section

26 April 2013: Port of Dover hosts PIANC Seminar
30 April 2013
The Port of Dover welcomed PIANC UK Young Professionals Seminar delegates visiting the Eastern Docks on Friday. The event which was organised and chaired by the Port of Dover included a presentation from Atkins, who also part sponsored the visit. The day gave the opportunity for young professionals to engage in a technical exchange regarding the exciting and innovative engineering developments at the Port of Dover.

PIANC consists of a network of individuals who are at the forefront of a particular maritime field.  Its authoritative reports are used worldwide by engineers in the planning, design, construction and management of infrastructure for ports and waterways.

As part of the programme, Stuart Byrne representing Atkins, one of the Port’s consultants working on the Asset Management Structural Integrity Commission covering key marine, building and highways assets, spoke to the delegates about the company’s pioneering work.  The Commission will greatly improve the knowledge base and support the operational performance and profitability of the Port of Dover, one of the world’s busiest passenger ports.

Stuart Byrne, Project Manager for the Commission at Atkins said:
This was a great opportunity for Atkins to demonstrate how it is helping to enhance what is already a world class operation at the Port of Dover”.

Delegates visited Atkins’ project site followed by a port tour in order to experience first hand the sheer level of expertise and investment that goes towards keeping Europe’s busiest RoRo ferry terminal operating efficiently.  Nigel Bodell, the Port’s Head of Infrastructure Development and the UK PIANC panel member on master planning, then gave a presentation about the Port’s infrastructure and development plans.

Nigel Bodell, Head of Infrastructure Development, said:
It was a pleasure to host the PIANC UK Young Professionals Seminar with our partners at Atkins.  This was an ideal opportunity to showcase our major projects, which will ensure that the Port of Dover remains the biggest ferry port in Europe.

A spokesman from PIANC said:
Thanks to the generosity of the Port of Dover and Atkins; today has been an excellent opportunity for young scientists and engineers, from a range of consultancy, contracting and owner/operator organisations, to come together and view a working and developing port. Young Professionals are an integral and active component of PIANC activities and these regular site visits, along with technical seminars, help promote a culture of sharing knowledge, experiences and networking.

.Issued by Port of Dover External and Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (x4422)

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8 April 2013: Your feedback counts
9 April 2013
PIANC UK are currently running two short surveys, one about our newsletters and the other to help Young Professionals.

Thank you for your cooperation!

PIANC UK March 2013 Newsletter
8 April 2012
Our latest newsletter is now available.
Table of contents :

  • Report from the UKC Chairman
  • Council Report - 69th PIANC Council Meeting – Brussels- 1st February 2013
  • YP Visit and Seminar
  • PIANC BS6349 Conference
  • Working with Nature: PIANC's Certificate of Recognition and Award
  • 61st RecCom Meeting in Rome & MDTP
  • MarCom Update
  • SMART Rivers Conference, September 2013
  • PIANC & The International Maritime Organization
  • Your feedback counts, Social Media, Benefits of Membership
  • Administration — Online Booking for Events, Events Programme
  • PIANC UK Corporate Members

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PIANC UK November 2012 Newsletter
5 November 2012
Our latest newsletter is now available.
This issue reports on our last half-day seminar held in September 2012 'Biodiversity offsetting and the role of coastal engineers in delivering this new Government policy' and our October Conference 'Learning from Experiences'. You will also find information on PIANC Council Meeting, 2013 PIANC YP Technical Visit and Seminar, De Paepe Willems Award and a lot more.

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PIANC UK Newsletter 2012
5 July 2012
Our latest newsletter is now available. This issue covers a report on our last half-day seminar held in June 2012, updates on PIANC Working Groups 135 and 138, information on navigation as a Water Service under the EU Water Framework Directive and our future half-day seminar on biodiversity in September. You will also find information on PIANC October Conference 'Learning from Experiences'.

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PIANC UK September 2011 Newsletter
October 2011
Our latest newsletter is now available. This issue covers our future half- day seminar on climate change adaptation for navigation infrastructure to be held in October 2011, details of the new working group 'Behaviour of ships in locks' and various other topics.

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PIANC Half Day Seminar November 2011 online
January 2011
seminarPIANC Working Groups - Advancing Technology for Ports and Waterways - 26 November 2010

View the full seminar online here.

PIANC UK Chairman Report
Autumn 2010

PIANC UK Chairman's report for 2010 has now been published. Download full report here.

Parliamentary Ports and Maritime Group
August 2010

A new Parliamentary group was formed in 2009 as the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group with the object of invigorating the commercial maritime sector's presence in Westminster.

The Group currently has almost 400 members and plans to have meetings on a range of topics during which views can be exchanged between parliamentarians and leaders in the ports and maritime field.

Mary Kendrick represented PIANC at the Annual General Meeting on 28 June 2010 at which it was agreed that the Group would meet at least every two months on a Tuesday. The Group also agreed that the Secretariat, kindly provided by Freshwater Public Affairs, should arrange for the new Shipping Minister, Mike Penning MP, to address the meeting. This has been organised for 5 pm on Tuesday 12 October in Committee Room 6, the Palace of Westminster.

For further information on the various working groups in PIANC, visit our Working groups page.

PIANC MMX, delegates funded by the Eric Loewy Fund show their appreciation
August 2010

The UK Section of PIANC administers a Fund established in memory of Eric Loewy who was for many years an active member and supporter of PIANC, and in particular the activities of what is now the Cooperation Commission, CoCom. The Fund is to be used to enable developing country members to participate in PIANC activities, and thus it provided financial support to enable five delegates to attend the PIANC MMX Congress. The appreciation of these delegates is summarised in the following extracts of letters from them.

For further information on the Eric Loewy fund, visit our sponsorship page.

More sponsors back PIANC MMX Congress
December 2009

Atkins Global, Peel Ports, Royal Haskoning and the International Association of Dredging Contractors (IADC) join Dredging International and Westminster Dredging in pledging their support for the PIANC MMX Congress which will take place in Liverpool in May 2010. This major international Congress returns to the UK for the first time in over 30 years, and coincides with the occasion of the 125th anniversary of PIANC.

PIANC is the global organisation providing guidance for sustainable waterborne transport infrastructure for ports and waterways, and is the forum where professionals around the world join forces to provide expert advice to facilitate the growth of maritime and inland waterborne transport.

The Congress will be staged in the new BT Convention Centre in Liverpool, newly opened in 2008, which is perfectly sited on the waterfront, adjacent to the historic Albert Docks and the new cruise line terminal in the flourishing Port of Liverpool. Upwards of six hundred delegates from more than forty countries are expected to attend the Congress.

Atkins, Peel Ports and Royal Haskoning have committed to a ‘Support Sponsorship’ which affords them good publicity in the build-up as well as at the Congress itself, access the social functions as well as the opportunity to address delegates, while IADC have taken a smaller sponsorship role.

Richard Hill, Associate of Atkins Global Ports and Maritime Division said: “Our support of PIANC MMX is part of our commitment to the necessary innovation and excellence demanded of consultants such as ourselves, as we face the urgent challenge of climate change and transition to a low carbon built environment. As sponsors of this year’s congress, we are eager to share our expertise, as well as learn from the experience and best practice of other global industry professionals.”

Chairman of the PIANC UK Section, Stephen Cork added: “We are most grateful to companies for their support of this important Congress. In past years, PIANC could rely on the financial support of Governments but now, as is the case in a number of other countries, we are entirely dependent upon the generosity of companies and organisations in the private sector to make this a successful showcase for UK maritime and inland transport expertise. “

For further information visit the website www.piancmmx.org.uk or contact: Richard Hill Chairman PIANC UK Section.

New president for SIGTTO
December 2009

At the meeting of the Directors following the Annual General Meeting of the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) in November, Allyn Risley, Vice President Global Shipping for BG Group, Houston, Texas was elected President of SIGTTO. 

Risley took over leadership of BG Group's global shipping activities in 2006, continuing his career in the LNG sector that began in the early '90s.  BG Group has a long history in LNG shipping, having been involved in the development of both the prototype and the first working LNG carriers in the industry.  Risley is responsible for providing support for BG Group's global LNG trading team, as well as governance, assurance and safety services to other BG Group marine operations and projects.

Commenting on the role of SIGTTO, Risley stated, "The strength of SIGTTO is the willingness of members to share lessons learned, and establish guidelines and best practices that sustain and enhance the excellent safety record established in gas shipping and terminal activities."  

Queries to SIGTTO London Liaison Office, +44 20 7628 1124 secretariat@sigtto.org

Young Professionals Representatives for the PIANC UK Section
October 2009

The PIANC UK Committee is please to announce that Angus Fairfull of Halcrow Group Limited and Keith Patrick have taken over the role of Young Professionals Representatives for the PIANC UK Section. 

Angus graduated in 2008 from Plymouth University and has 2 years experience working in Halcrow’s Maritime Group both in the UK and UAE.  He has been involved in the planning/design of a number of maritime projects including King Abdullah Economic City Port and Al Marjan Islands.

Keith completed MEng Civil and Coastal Engineering in 2005 at The University of Plymouth.  Keith has 4 years experience in the planning and design of Ports and Heavy Civil Engineering.  Keith’s particular experience is in the planning and feasibility of new port facilities, particularly in the container and petrochemical markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Angus and Keith will act as a focal point for PIANC Young Professionals in UK and liaise with PIANC HQ in Brussels for international PIANC YP events.  Future activities planned for PIANC UK YPs include a half day technical seminar in the spring specifically aimed at the interests of Young Professionals and a summer social event specifically for PIANC UK YPs.

Angus can be contacted at FairfullA@halcrow.com and Keith at keetdogg@hotmail.com  and they are both looking forward to meeting you at the next PIANC meeting at the ICE in November.

Recent events and developments in Government and associated organisations having relevance for PIANC UK
June 2009

A short report on recent events and developments in Government and associated organisations having relevance for PIANC UK. Since the last report, the efforts of members of the UK Committee have largely been directed towards issues associated with the PIANC MMX Congress to be held next year in Liverpool, sponsorship being more than usually difficult to obtain given the present economic climate. The report covers:

  • Relations with Government
  • Water Framework, Birds and Habitats Directives
  • Merseyside Interests
  • Photographic Competition.

Click here to download full report (.doc).


Inland waterways advisory council (IWAC)
June 2009

"Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation – Implications for Inland Waterways in England and Wales"

IWAC today published its latest report showing how inland waterways can assist in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. The report identifies mitigation measures that include:

  • increasing the amount of freight transported on waterways;
  • using waterways as a source for cooling adjacent buildings;
  • developing renewable energy sources, such as hydropower;
  • reducing vessels emissions through improved boater education on engine use and speed.

Corresponding adaptation measures include:

  • increasing data monitoring to help plan for anticipated drier summers and wetter winters;
  • increasing storage for excess or surplus water during wetter winters;
  • improving water conservation and supply during drier summers;
  • adapting bankside, towpath and habitat management in anticipation of an increased growth in existing or newly arrived species.

John Edmonds, who chairs IWAC, said: “Some degree of climate change is now inevitable. Action is required by everyone, including the inland waterway sector, to achieve the 80% cut required in all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Inland waterway managers need to be prepared for the effects of likely increases in winter rainfall, reductions in summer rainfall, higher water and air temperatures and corresponding changes to waterway sedimentation. Some of the mitigation and adaptation measures our report identifies can be delivered by improving awareness and education of inland waterway users. Most of the recommended measures require authorities to start actively preparing for their implementation now, otherwise tomorrow’s appreciation of our inland waterways risks being hampered due to today’s lack of action.”

The report is available on IWAC’s website at http://www.iwac.org.uk/reports. Using a research grant from Defra, IWAC commissioned consultants Jan Brooke Environmental Consultant Ltd and Ian White Associates (Navigation) Ltd to research and produce the report.

To discuss further, or if you have any comments or questions, then please contact IWAC’s Policy Advisor John Manning at iwac@iwac.gsi.gov.uk or on 020 7253 1745. IWAC is sponsored by the UK Government (Defra) and the Scottish Government.


Recent events and developments in Government and associated organisations having relevance for PIANC UK
September 2008

A short report on recent events and developments in Government and associated organisations having relevance for PIANC UK is presented at each meeting of the UK Committee.  This report is taken from the minutes of the last meeting held on 17 July 2008 and covers:

  • Relations with Government
  • Water Framework Directive
  • Merseyside Interests
  • Parliamentary Maritime Group

Click here to download full report (.doc).


PIANC Newsletter
August 2008

Welcome to the new look summer 2008 Edition of the PIANC UK Newsletter. This first electronic newsletter covers reports on earlier meetings and activities, feedback from the recent PIANC AGA in Beijing and an outline of our plans for future activities, as well as comments on maritime barge transport from a leading industry expert. Click here to download PIANC newsletter(.pdf, 700kb).


2009 De Paepe-Willems Award Contest - Call for papers
March 2008

The De Paepe-Willems Award is given by PIANC for the most outstanding technical paper prepared on an aspect of waterborne transport. Categories include policy, management, design, economics, integration with other transportation modes, technology, safety, public involvement, and the environment. The aim of the De Paepe-Willems Award is to encourage Young Professionals (YPs) to submit technical papers in the field of interest of PIANC. Candidates must not have reached the age of forty (40) on the 31st of December of the year of submission of the paper.

The PIANC USA award winner in 2009 receives a $1000 U.S. Savings Bond, an expense-paid trip to the 2009 PIANC USA Annual Meeting, and an individual membership in PIANC USA for five years. The PIANC USA award-winner will be invited to present his/her paper at the 2009 PIANC USA annual meeting, and an article summary will be published in the PIANC USA Quarterly Bulletin. The PIANC USA winner’s paper is forwarded for international competition in 2009. The international winner in 2009 receives a trip to the 2009 Annual General Assembly (AGA), which will be held in Helsinki, Finland. The international award-winner will be invited to present his/her paper at the 2009 AGA, and the paper will be published in the PIANC Magazine. The International award winner receives € 5000 and a five-year individual membership.

The deadline for submitting paper abstracts for the 2009 contest is May 1, 2008, with technical paper submittals required by August 1, 2008. Please visit the PIANC USA website for more details on current activities of the organization (http://www.pianc.iwr.usace.army.mil), and the International PIANC website for information on qualifying for and preparing DePaepe-Willems papers for competition (http://www.pianc-aipcn.org). For more details contact Edmond Russo, Chair, Publications Committee, PIANC USA, at Email edmond.j.russo@usace.army.mil, Phone (601) 634-2067.

New EurOtop goes live
February 2008

HR Wallingford and our EurOtop partners are pleased to announce the arrival of the EurOtop Calculation Tool. Developed to accompany the new European Overtopping Manual (EurOtop), published in August 2007. The Calculation Tools are freely available at http://www.overtopping-manual.com/calculation_tool.html. Funding for the development of both the Manual and Calculation tools was led by the UK’s Environment Agency, with additional substantial support from operational agencies in the Netherlands and Germany.

Seawalls range from simple earth banks through to vertical concrete walls and more complex composite structures. For each of these structures a different method is needed to assess overtopping. Now, by applying the latest understanding of overtopping processes acquired from recent European research projects, a team led by HR Wallingford with partners in the Netherlands and Germany has produced a set of web-based Calculation Tools to help users determine overtopping predictions for each of these structures.

This free to use tool lets users explore / establish overtopping predictions for embankments and dikes, rubble mound structures, vertical seawalls and breakwaters / structures. For further details contact:
Dr. Tim Pullen, Senior Engineer, HR Wallingford, Tel: +44 (0)1491 822231, Fax: +44 (0)1491 832233, t.pullen@hrwallingford.com or visit http://www.overtopping-manual.com.


Mary Rose Appeal - restoring the glory, bringing history alive
November 2007

The Mary Rose Trust is planning to build a stunning new museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to house both Henry VIII's famous flagship and her priceless and unique collection of nearly 20,000 Tudor artefacts. The Mary Rose appeal has been launched to raise the £35 million required for the construction of this museum and to fund the final conservation phase of the ship and artefacts. Revenue costs will be met by ticket sales, trading and other services. Funding support of around £20 million is being sought from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other national and regional funding agencies which have supported the Mary Rose Trust in the past. The Mary Rose Appeal aims to raise the remaining £15 million through donations, sponsorship or loans from individuals, companies and trusts who are keen to be associated with this important maritime heritage. More details can be found on the Mary Rose website www.maryrose.org or by contacting Jo Cole on j.cole@maryrose.org.

Drogheda handles 500,000 Box
October 2007

Drogheda Port handled for the first time its 500,000 teu container in October 2007. The port currently operates regular container services to Rotterdam and Oslo from its Tom Roes Point facility, one of the most efficient and congestion free unitised terminals in the country.

The 500,000 milestone container was carrying nuts and dried fruits from Holland for a local company and was welcomed ashore by the port chairman Mr Patrick Traynor and the general manager of Europe Lines Mr Cameron McIntyre.

Due to its success the current terminal is currently operating at close to capacity but the port company is in the process of developing a new deepsea unitised terminal at Bremore within the greater Dublin area. The new terminal, one of the largest port infrastructural projects ever undertaken in Ireland, will have an annual capacity of 400,000 Ro-Ro units and 350,000teu Lo-Lo units. The new terminal is expected to be operational in 2012.

For further Information, contact Joan Wiseman, Drogheda Port Authority (joanwiseman@droghedaport.ie, tel +353 41 983 8378).


Coastal engineering 'bible' sets sail
July 2007
Published in 1991, the first edition of the rock manual is considered by many industry professionals as 'the bible' for the use of rock in coastal and shoreline engineering.
More than 15 years later, a comprehensive second edition The Rock Manual (C683) has been prepared with the help of a world-wide project team of experts including over 100 specialists. The new edition incorporates the significant advances in knowledge and technology that have occurred over the past 15 years and the scope of the manual has been widened to include all aspects of the use of rock in hydraulic engineering.
Click here to order or visit the CIRIA bookshop at www.ciria.org/bookshopentrance.htm.


British Waterways and Liverpool Canal Link ( LCL )
May 2007
British Waterways have started the main construction works on Liverpool Canal Link ( LCL ) and on the first phase of the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal restoration in Salford. 
For further information on LCL, see the British Waterways website www.britishwaterways.co.uk/liverpoolcanallink


Working Group 29 Innovations in Navigation Lock Design
April 2007
The Working Group met in Grenoble in March and made significant advance with the Report, which is progressing well. The Group visited the Sogreah laboratories, where a model of the largest of the new locks for the proposed 106km Seine Nord Canal was being tested. The lock includes five water-saving basins, and will have a lift height of 30m. Most of the other six locks on this canal will have lift heights of about 15m. The Group also visited the River Rhone, where the locks were empty during their annual one-week closure for maintenance. This allowed a detailed inspection of the complex filling and emptying systems as well as the modern systems that have been installed to provide reliable operations and control, and the equipment that protects the gates against ship collisions.


Newsletter Spring 2007
April 2007
Spring 2007 Newsletter of PIANC UK has just been published.  This edition includes reports from the international working groups and recent technical seminars arranged by PIANC.
Click here to download the full version (pdf, 1Mb).


PIANC Task Group on the Impacts of Climate Change on Navigation
March 2007
Peter Hawkes of HR Wallingford joined the PIANC Task Group on the Impacts of Climate Change on Navigation, as Secretary and UK representative, at its first meeting in Brussels on 20-21 March. The Chairman is Hans Moser of the Federal Institute of Hydrology in Germany. The group's task is to review the drivers, potential impacts and possible responses to climate change for three categories of navigation: inland (rivers), non-polar (ocean) and polar (near Arctic). It will consider evidence of changes that have already happened, projections of changes from future climate modelling, operational changes, and will aim for a dispassionate review of the potential impacts, whether they might be seen as neutral, positive or negative.

The group will take a broad look at all potential issues associated with climate change and navigation, suggesting a number of separate PIANC working groups to take a more detailed look at particular issues. It aims for an interim discussion document by the time of the second meeting at Wallingford in August 2007, and a final report in Spring 2008.

The 7-10 core members of the Group have committed themselves to seeking evidence, views and concerns, at least within their own countries. Peter welcomes any information that members of PIANC and others involved in navigation care to send to him at p.hawkes@hrwallingford.com.


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