Resilience4Ports:
Knowledge Library

Port resilience guidance, studies and tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right one for the task at hand. We have assessed a wide range of tools, guidance documents and reports, which are listed below, mapped by the maritime resilience breakthroughs they support and the Port Resilience Framework for Action goals that they help to achieve.

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  • 13 items

    The Next Wave Green Corridors

    Author

    Global Maritime Forum

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Next Wave Green Corridors is a forward-thinking initiative that aims to transform the maritime industry’s environmental impact. The project advocates for the creation of sustainable shipping corridors to promote cleaner and more efficient maritime transportation. By integrating green technologies, alternative fuels, and digital solutions, it seeks to reduce emissions, enhance energy efficiency, and protect marine ecosystems. The initiative fosters collaboration among stakeholders, including governments, industry players, and environmental organizations, to drive systemic change in the maritime sector and pave the way for a more environmentally friendly and economically viable future for global shipping.

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    Infrastructure for the Decarbonisation of Inland Waterway Transport

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2023

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The report by PIANC’s Task Group 234 addresses the need for infrastructure to support zero-emission vessels in inland waterway transport (IWT). It compiles insights on decarbonization developments and energy carriers, offering key questions and a method for addressing infrastructure challenges. The report recommends PIANC to establish a working group focused on pathways and decision-making for decarbonizing IWT rather than just hardware specifications. The document, submitted for PIANC’s consideration, provides seven case studies demonstrating sustainable practices, including the Panama Canal’s success and lessons learned from the unsustainable Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in the USA.

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    Beneficial Use for Sustainable Waterborne Transport Infrastructure Projects

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2023

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    This PIANC report addresses the need for innovative and sustainable approaches to manage dredged sediment in light of societal challenges like urbanization, environmental pressures, and climate change. It emphasizes the principles of Beneficial Use (BU) while recognizing the varying socio-economic, environmental, and legal conditions across regions. The report underscores the importance of evaluating BU potential diligently for sediment dredging projects, tailored to site-specific conditions. It outlines how dredged sediment can yield environmental, societal, and economic benefits, aiming to inform and promote BU practices on a global scale. Achieving these goals calls for a shift in perspectives, requiring collaborative planning among stakeholders for future BU projects.

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    Maritime Resilience Breakthrough Labs: Resilience4Ports

    Through this program, Resilience Rising aim to mobilize a critical mass to create the scale and momentum necessary to break through the industry’s barriers to resilience. The program will improve the resilience practice across the ports value chain by bringing together stakeholders and a community of practitioners around a common framework to raise awareness and strengthen relationships, create a shared understanding of the needs and challenges, and clarify and connect decision-making and investment that can be taken to scale.

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    Adaptation and Resilience Breakthroughs: The global transformation towards resilient development ahead of COP27

    Author

    Race to Resilience

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Adaptation and Resilience Breakthroughs report highlights the urgent need to accelerate global efforts in adaptation and resilience ahead of COP27. While progress in mitigating climate change is essential, the report emphasizes that it is insufficient to prevent climate devastation. The Breakthroughs aim to achieve system-level transformations and measurable outcomes by 2030, focusing on key impact areas such as climate-resilient agriculture, food security, water and nature conservation, climate-smart energy, and improved urban planning. The report calls for radical collaboration among various stakeholders, including non-state actors, to implement transformative solutions and align with the Race to Resilience campaign’s goal of making 4 billion vulnerable people more resilient by 2030.

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    The Maritime Resilience Breakthroughs

    Author

    Resilience Rising, Arup, Lloyds Register, Race to Resilience

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Maritime Resilience Breakthroughs aim to enhance resilience in the maritime sector, particularly focusing on ports. As a major contributor to greenhouse gases, the industry faces challenges from climate change and geopolitical uncertainty. Resilience efforts target climate-adapting ports, taking specific actions to factor in climate risks. Achieving breakthroughs requires a whole system approach involving collaboration among stakeholders, policy makers, and local communities. The initiative, including the Resilience4Ports Lab, seeks to build port resilience by COP27. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure the sector can adapt to changing conditions and recover from shocks, benefiting both ports and coastal communities.

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    Review of Maritime Transport

    Author

    UNCTAD

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Review of Maritime Transport is an UNCTAD flagship report, published annually since 1968 provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistics from maritime trade and transport.
    This year’s edition of the report has a special focus on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the industry and includes a special chapter on the challenges seafarers face in view of the crewing crisis.

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    Shipping disruption: Why are so many queuing to get to the US?

    Author

    Jack Goodman & Micah Luxen (BBC Reality Check)

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Severe shipping disruptions in California’s major ports, Long Beach and Los Angeles, caused record-breaking queues of container ships in October 2021. The congestion was attributed to a surge in cargo due to global pandemic production shifts and longstanding supply chain challenges. The backlog created delays in unloading. Increased consumer goods demand, particularly toys and appliances, contributed to the problem. Factors like pandemic-induced labor shortages, port lockdowns in China, and infrastructure inadequacies compounded the crisis. Despite remedial efforts, industry experts anticipated a prolonged backlog.

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    Port Economics, Management and Policy, Chapter 6.2 –- Port Efficiency

    Author

    Theo Notteboom, Athanasios Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Port Economics, Management, and Policy analyses the contemporary port industry and how ports are organized to serve the global economy and regional and local development needs. It uses a conceptual background supported by extensive fieldwork and empirical observations, such as analyzing flows, ports, and the strategies and policies articulating their dynamics.

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    Resilience4Ports: Gateways to a resilient future

    Author

    The Resilience Shift

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The report Resilience4Ports highlights the importance of enhancing port resilience to withstand disruptions and uncertainties. It emphasizes the need for a systems approach, involving stakeholders, to effectively address challenges in ports worldwide. The report identifies key resilience attributes and recommends the integration of resilience into port management practices. Emphasis is placed on understanding vulnerabilities and promoting adaptability, considering climate change impacts. Furthermore, the report calls for collaboration between governments, port operators, and communities to develop resilient strategies that can ensure continuous and sustainable port operations, supporting global trade and economic growth.

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    Managing Climate Change Uncertainties in Selecting, Designing and Evaluating Options for Resilient Navigation Infrastructure

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Managing Climate Change Uncertainties explores uncertainties in selecting, designing, and evaluating resilient navigation infrastructure amidst climate change. The study acknowledges the unpredictability of future climate conditions, including rising sea levels and extreme weather events. It focuses on navigation infrastructure’s adaptability, considering various scenarios and uncertainties. The research aims to identify optimal options for infrastructure design, ensuring it can withstand and respond to potential climate impacts. By addressing uncertainties through risk assessments and adaptive planning, the study provides valuable guidance for developing resilient navigation infrastructure that can effectively navigate the challenges posed by climate change.

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    Position Paper on Climate Change Adaptation

    Author

    ESPO

    Year

    2020

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    ESPO’s Climate Change Adaptation Position Paper highlights the urgency of climate change adaptation for European ports. It emphasizes the serious threat climate change poses to port infrastructure, including rising sea levels and extreme weather events. The paper calls for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into EU legislation and financial instruments. Strengthened funding options are urged to cover the increased financial burden of adapting port infrastructure. The importance of reliable data-driven climate proofing guidance and the recognition of ports as critical infrastructure are emphasized. ESPO urges immediate action to integrate climate adaptation strategies into port planning and decision-making to ensure their resilience and sustainability in the face of climate challenges.

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    Climate change and ports: Impacts and adaptation strategies

    Author

    HR Wallingford

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Climate Change and Ports examines climate change effects on ports, including rising sea levels, storms, and erosion. Disruptions to port operations, infrastructure damage, and increased costs are highlighted. Adaptation strategies focus on resilient infrastructure, flood defences, and sustainable port design. Collaboration among stakeholders is emphasized, along with risk assessments and long-term planning to address vulnerabilities. Green infrastructure integration offers added protection. Overall, the study aims to provide insights and recommended strategies to ensure ports’ functionality and resilience amid changing climate conditions.

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