This working group is currently Matt Horn and Andrew Benton of RPS Group and Mark Orr from Interspill. Please contact Mark Orr if you wish to join this working group [email protected]

Possible themes for presentation to a wider working group:

  1. Managing climate change and building resilience in ports and harbours. Sea level rise (flooding, inundation, storm surge) and increasing extremes of weather pose risks to:
    • Port Management Operations
    • Build/maintain/repair infrastructure that has an environmental risk (e.g., aging infrastructure in oil terminals) – future proofing existing infrastructure of moving
    • Accessibility to ports
    • Management of access and increasing in dredging residue
    • Management of vessel holding areas in extreme weather
    • Stormwater drainage and management of the intersection of flooding and pollution
    • Continuing operations in unpredictable weather
  1. Management of environment pollution in ports built near cities with a focus on environmental pollution within ports
    • Noise
    • NOx, CO2
    • Oil and Chemicals (refuelling and accidental release)
    • Invasive species
    • Marine debris
    • Managing larger number of vessels in traditional ports (increasing traffic)
    • Risk management of operating traditional ports at capacity
  1. Data management, analysis, and visualization packages as a decisional support framework that is used as a tool to manage risks and increase efficiency in port and harbour operations
    • Overlapping data management systems in use in ports
    • Integration of data sources into one data management platform
    • Integrating risk management into data management
    • Improving port efficiently through data management
    • Contingency support if/when aging infrastructure fails (bypassing critical infrastructure)
  1. Offshore loading and unloading for hazardous cargo (e.g., CO2, oil and gas, LNG, etc.) as a means of managing risk
    • Ports are already working at capacity with little room for growth
    • Lack of capacity forces multiple high-risk operations to co-exist
    • Offshore risk management improve port capacity and safety in and around them (i.e., cities) by moving high risk operations out of ports
    • Enables port efficiency to be improved
    • Removes risk from high-risk cargo activities in port 
    • Minimise dwell time in port areas of high-risk cargoes
    • Can processes be automated to remove risk of human error
    • Regarding spill response, is it harder offshore? Where does the equipment sit?
  1. Future-proofing existing infrastructure, or moving to greenfield sites:
    • Ports are at capacity with little room for growth
    • New activities around old infrastructure vs. new port facilities (greenfield sites) that are designed to handle present and future needs
    • Asset management and future proofing – longevity (making the most of what you have)
    • Design life consideration – traditional 40-50 year has been increased to asset serviceability considerations of as much as 120 years. Durability of goods as well as the location of them (sea level rise)
    • Port development considerations and constraints around environmental designations and environmental control (environmental sensitivity)

In March we will select our three topics and set dates and content for three Interspill Inform webinar to explore each topic in detail.

The format for the face to face Sector Themed Day will be as follows:

Tues 21 June – Ports and Harbours

  • 1330  – 1410 Sector VIP (s) set out the challenges facing Ports and Harbours have over the next 5-10 years
  • 1410 – 1430 Questions and short discussion
  • 1430 – 1500 Theme 1 presentation and discussion
  • 1500 – 1530 Refreshment break
  • 1530 – 1600 Theme 2 presentation and discussion
  • 1600 – 1630 Theme 3 presentation and discussion
  • 1630 – 1700 Open forum and discussion and closing comments

The goal is to publish a white paper that outlines what we have discussed, learned by sharing and some ideas for action for the next 1, 5 and 10 years.

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