‘Dredging and Port Construction’ from PIANC

PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, has released EnviCom Guidance Document 124 titled “Dredging and Port Construction: Interactions with Features of Archaeological or Heritage Interest”.

This guidance document is intended to promote the development of good practice for dredging and port construction in relation to underwater cultural heritage, comprising the physical remains of past cultures including:

– Submerged prehistory – evidence of the occupation of prehistoric landscapes at times of lowered sea level;

– Coastal occupation – evidence of activities from the historic coastline that have been subsumed by the sea, due to erosion or flooding for example;

–  Maritime – evidence dating from the prehistoric period to the modern era relating to human exploitation of the sea;

– Aviation – evidence dating from the advent of fixed wing-aviation in the early 1900s to c. the mid-20th century.

Marine heritage is a valuable, fragile, finite and non-renewable resource and physical impacts arising from dredging and port construction can result in permanent adverse effects. However, statutory protection for underwater cultural heritage is variable internationally and the need to consider these physical impacts is often poorly understood.

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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