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PIANC Bulletin

Vol. 2, Issue 6 December 2010
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Message from the Secretariat

As 2010 draws to a close, we at the PIANC USA Secretariat want to express our appreciation for all of the contributions that our members make to the organization every year. PIANC could not function without the volunteers who serve on Working Groups and participate in conferences and seminars. It has been a busy and exciting year for the organization.

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Membership Renewals: On-line Payments Now Accepted

Starting with the 2011 calendar-year membership renewals, PIANC USA will launch an online membership management system which will allow members to pay their Annual Dues online.

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New Publications Policy

Starting on January 1, 2011, PIANC will switch to a new publication policy (pdf, 83KB). PIANC's magazine On Course will become a fully electronic magazine, as will the working group reports. However, also starting next year, PIANC will publish a Yearbook (hard copy), which will provide a comprehensive overview of what is happening in the organization.

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Maritime Navigation Commission Working Group 145 — Call for Berthing Velocities and Fender Design Support

PIANC Maritime Navigation Commission (MarCom) Working Group 145 (Berthing Velocities and Fender Design) held its kick-off meeting on November 29-30, 2010 at PIANC Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The committee has agreed to prepare a report of the recommended berthing velocities of large vessels, typically with 50,000 t displacements and above, with a view to optimizing safety and economy of construction. The United States delegation is requesting support in the fields of data collection, data analysis and technical support.

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Call for Working Group Members: Training in Ports and Waterways

PIANC CoCom Working Group (WG) 126 "Training in Ports and Waterways" is looking for volunteers to serve on the international working group. Professionals working or teaching in the field of ports and waterways are encouraged to apply to serve as the U.S. Section's Representatives. Please also encourage "Young Professionals" (40 and under) to apply. Working group meetings are usually held twice a year in a participating member nation. The next meeting is scheduled for late January 2011.

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D.O.T. Briefing on PIANC Report — Performance Indicators for Inland Waterways Transport

At the request of members of the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) Working Group, on November 17, 2010, the CMTS Executive Secretariat organized a briefing at the U.S. Department of Transportation on PIANC report no. 111-2010, Performance Indicators for Inland Waterways Transport, for member agencies and Federal colleagues. Mr. Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies, and Mr. James McCarville, Executive Director, Port of Pittsburgh Commission, served as U.S. members to the technical committee that developed the report. Mr. Lambert provided a briefing on the completed report and Mr. McCarville was available to answer follow-up questions from the seventeen participants representing eight agencies.

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Dredging 2012 - Save The Date

PIANC USA and COPRI/ASCE are pleased to announce that Dredging 2012 will take place October 22-25, 2011, in San Diego, CA. The theme of the 2012 conference is "Dredging in the 21st Century – 40 Years of Dredging and Environmental Innovation." Look for a Call for Abstracts in 2011.

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Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) Celebrates 10 Years

Scores of port and navigation industry professionals joined other COPRI members at the inaugural COPRI Congress in Memphis, Tennessee, November 14-17, 2010. The Congress was organized on the occasion of COPRI's ten-year anniversary, hence the theme of the Congress: A Decade of Progress, A Future of Opportunities. This conference featured great networking opportunities and excellent technical sessions, workshops, and tours.

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Freight in the Southeast 2011

The next Institute for Trade & Transportation Studies (ITTS) Conference "Freight in the Southeast" will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 9-11, 2011. PIANC USA is a non-financial co-sponsor of this conference. The conference will follow the same format as last year's conference, with panels addressing a topic with ample time for questions and answers. This year's theme will focus on corridors.

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Army Corps of Engineers Breaks Ground on Orchard Beach Restoration Project

On Oct. 29, 2010, representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers joined Rep. José Serrano, Rep. Joseph Crowley, and several other government officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Orchard Beach Shoreline Protection Project. This project will restore an important recreational beach in the Bronx that has not been re-nourished since 1964. The Corps project will help combat erosion at the beach by replacing lost sand, re-grading the south end of the shoreline, and repairing and extending the south jetty.

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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/