PIANC Bulletin

Vol I, Issue 1  April 2009

PIANC NEWS

PIANC USA Unveils New Website

PIANC USA has launched a redesigned website with a broader, in-depth scope of information on issues and concerns of PIANC members and the navigation industry. Announcements, publications and fact sheets, past and upcoming conferences, news and events, membership information, and organizational and administrative concerns are presented in a fresh layout and structure, with greater detail and easier navigation. This redesigned web site is expected to be more friendly and informative for the benefit of PIANC members.
More information.

PIANC Annual Meeting

The PIANC annual meeting and tour will be held in Pittsburgh, PA on July 15-16. Events scheduled include a full day technical program, a walking tour of the dewatered Emsworth Main Lock Chamber, a young professionals happy hour, and a group dinner.
More information: Event description

PIANC Holds Session on Inland Waterborne Transport at the World Water Forum

PIANC, in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, organized and conducted a Special Session on Inland Waterborne Transport at the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) in Istanbul, Turkey on March 17, 2009. PIANC members Eric Van den Eede (President) and Mr. Harald Koethe (Chairman of PIANC's Environmental Commission) spoke during the forum. Read the full story for information from the PIANC members' presentations and the Draft Ministerial Statement to the Forum organizers for this special session.
More information: Full Story | Paper: Inland Waterborne Transport: Connecting Countries (pdf, 6.98 MB)

Smart Rivers '21 conference: The Future of Inland Navigation

Call for Presentations and Registration Open
The fourth international Smart Rivers '21 conference will be held at the Vienna City Hall in Vienna, Austria on September 6-9, 2009. The conference program will include expert panels, discussion forums, exhibits, technical site tours, and social events. The primary aim of this event is to strengthen and reinforce cooperative activities and to promote inland water navigation. Read the full story for links to the call for papers, registration, and sponsorship information,
More information: Full story

Navigation and the Environment - International Perspectives and Gulf of Mexico Applicability

October 28, 2009
New Orleans, LA

The PIANC Environmental Commission (EnviCom) is organizing a one-day technical seminar on Navigation and the Environment, to be held in New Orleans, LA, on October 28. To find out more about EnviCom's missions, the seminar issues, reception, sponsorships, and exhibiting information, read the full story.

Industry News

Emergence of Navigation Engineering Specialty in the United States

Although the significance of the United States Marine Transportation System (MTS) is enormous, there is presently no recognized engineering specialty that covers navigation channels. Collaborative efforts between PIANC and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are laying the groundwork for a "Navigation Engineering" specialty by developing a Manual of Practice (MOP) for the discipline. Read the full story for more information regarding the characteristics and importance of the MTS as well as a brief history of the field and current status.
More information: Full story.


The PIANC Bulletin, formerly a quarterly newsletter and now a bi-monthly e-newsletter, is designed to keep interested parties up-to-date on the latest PIANC USA developments. Visit the PIANC website at: http:// www.pianc.us/