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Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00


of the TEMPUS eMaris PROJECT  

on the Conceptual Conference
September 18 – 19, 2014

During September 18 – 19, the Conceptual Conference “Environmentally Friendly Port” (EFP) was carried out by the Russian State Hydrometeorological university (RSHU) with the support of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC). 60 delegates from 50 institutions took part at the Conference. There were representatives from 4 parts of the World – Europe, Asia, America and Australia. The topics of the Scientific program were discussed by experts from Russia (37 participants), Holland (8), Finland (5), Belgium (3), Thailand (2), Australia (1), Germany (1), Japan (1), Lithuania (1) and the USA (1).

On the day before the Conference, on September 17, the new textbooks and the Annual report of the eMaris project “Education in Applied Marine Science” (TEMPUS program) were presented to the Organizing committee by Mikhail Shilin and Alexandra Ershova (Fig. 1).

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Fig. 1. Alexandra Ershova and Mikhail Shilin presenting new textbooks and the Annual report of the eMaris project to the members of Organizing committee of the Conference “Environmentally Friendly Port”

The decision was made to present materials and results of the eMaris project to the PIANC delegates and to participants of the Conference.

On the 1st Conference Day (September 18) the concept of Environmentally Friendly Port was discussed, with analysis of the international best practices (fig. 2). Ecological status of areas near the "Ust-Luga" sea port (on the southern coast of the Russian sector of the Gulf of Finland) was characterized by Prof. Mikhail Shilin and by director of RSHU’ Marine Institute, Dr. Sergey Lukjanov.

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Fig. 2. Discussion the ecological status of areas near the "Ust-Luga" sea port (Mikhail Shilin, on the left, and Sergey Lukjanov, on the right)

Environmental status of the Port of HaminaKotka (Finland) was described by Anni Anttila (Fig. 3). Results of environmental monitoring of HaminaKotka area demonstrated to the participants of the Conference Olli-Pekka Brunilla.

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     Fig. 3. Finnish expert Anni Anttila speaks about environmental status of HaminaKotka port

Perspectives of using multispectral remote sensed data for the studying changes in marine and coastal areas were evaluated by Prof. Dr. Vitaly Sychev (RSHU). Finally, in the end of the 1st Conference day, the eco-friendly strategy for development of the marine port was proposed by Dr. Marina Kononenko (RSHU). After the questions-and-answers session, the strategy was generally approved by participants of discussion.

During the special break, the exhibition was organized by Dr. Tatiana Eremina, Prof. Mikhail Shilin and Dr. Alexandra Ershova for the presentation materials, new textbooks and scientific results of the “eMaris” Project “Education in Applied Marine Science” (TEMPUS program).

The Russian edition of the textbook “Environmental Aspects of Dredging”, written by experts of Central Dredging Association (CEDA) and translated from English by RSHU scientists who participated at the eMaris project, was presented by Mikhail Shilin.

The 2nd day of the Conference was devoted to the PIANC Workshop “Sustainable, integrated and resilient management of ports and waterways”. The Workshop was opened by RSHU vice-rector Prof. Dr. Vladimir Vorobiev. Dr. Vorobiev wished to the Workshop successful work, and receiving the good results.

The Greetings Word was said by PIANC General Secretary Louis van Schel. In his brilliant speach, with welcome words in Russian, Dr. van Schel stressed that St. Petersburg hosted PIANC congresses two times: in 1908 (with 1250 participants from 21 countries), and in 1977 (with 764 participants from 32 countries). PIANC is really interested in development the collaboration with Russia – it means the state and private structures, scientists and experts.

During the working day, a number of high-level presentations were made by PIANC-experts and Russian participants of the Conference. The perspectives of sustainable, integrated and resilient management of ports and waterways were discussed. Dr. Boris Usanov (Russian Academy of Transport) spoke about marine spatial planning in the strategy of development of Big Port “St. Petersburg” and the city on the whole. Harald Koethe (Chairman PIANC EnviCom) presented the challenge of “Sustainable, integrated and resilient management” as a view from EnviCom. Marika Calfas (PIANC EnviCom) informed participants of the Conference about the PIANC “Working with Nature” philosophy. Dr. Vladimir Zhygulsky and Dr. Vladimir Shuysky (Eco-Express-Service Ltd.) discussed, as the Russian case, some aspects of ecological safety provision during construction and exploitation of the Sabetha sea port on the coast of the Kara Sea (Yamal peninsula).

After the short break, Kris de Craene (IAPH & PIANC EnviCom) in the Report of PIANC Working Group 150 presented Practical guide for a sustainable seaport. The Chairman of the CEDA Environmental Commission, Polite Laboyrie invited participants of the Conference to discuss environmental aspects of dredging in ports. The representative of Russian company Morstroytechnology Ltd, Alexander Goloviznin shared with colleagues experience and concepts of strategic development of Russian sea ports. Professor Dr. Vladimir Pogrebov (Consulting Company Eco-Project, Ltd.) in his presentation “Risks of winter navigation in the Gulf of Finland” introduced to the auditorium the original technology of mapping the environmentally sensitive coastal areas, and designation of ecological vulnerability zones to oil spills. Finally, in the first half of this day two case studies were presented by participants of the Russian- Finnish Project “Environmentally Friendly Port”: Vladimir Kurka from Russian JSC “Ust-Luga Company” spoke about the Cluster approach to the development of the Luga Port area, and coastal zone monitoring, and Finnish partners - Anni Anttila and Olli-Pekka Brunilla devoted their talk to the ”Port in a city” topic, describing the received in frames of the Project experience, and the best practices.

During the break, the new textbooks and the Annual report of the eMaris project “Education in Applied Marine Science” were presented to the guests of the Conference – members of the Working Group “Sea Coasts” of the Russian Academy of Science (fig. 4). The guests invited representatives of the eMaris project to participation at the activities of the Working Group “Sea Coasts” in 2015.

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Fig. 4. Prof. Mikhail Shilin presents the new textbooks and the Annual report of the eMaris project “Education in Applied Marine Science” to the guests of the Conference – members of the Working Group “Sea Coasts” of the Russian Academy of Science.

Problems of Inland Waterways were the topic of the second half of the working day. Challenges for the European waterways formulated Harald Koethe, and for the waterways of the United States of America - Jason Giovannettone (PIANC EnviCom). In old good Russian academic style Dr. Andrey Sharonov from the Admiral Makarov State University of Sea and River Fleet spoke about the challenges for the Russian waterways. His speech was mostly devoted to the problems of influence on the inland waterways of hydro-meteorological factors.

Instead of the presentation of Coordinator of the Gulf of Finland Year from the Russian Federation, Dr. Oleg Korneev, who missed the Conference because of the illness, interesting presentation “Extreme Solutions in Delta Cities” was made by Prof. Dr. Leo van Gelder (Rotterdam University) (Fig. 5).

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Fig. 5. Extreme Solutions in Delta Cities presents Prof. Dr. Leo van Gelder (University of Rotterdam, Holland)

Finally, Dr. Nikolay Plink, Head of the Chair of Integrated Coastal Zone Management of the RSHU, presented the 2030 Russian Strategy of sea activities development.

During the final discussion, perspectives of the future co-operation between PIANC members and non-members were formulated. The importance of the scientific support of marine business, and the necessity of the contacts between contractors and future young professionals were stressed.

The results and issues of the eMaris project “Education in Applied Marine Science” were highly evaluated. The copies of the Annual Report were distributed between participants and guests of the Conference.


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