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Breakwaters 2023 conference programme published

22 March 2023
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To coincide with World Water Day, the Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2023 conference programme is now available, showcasing sessions with a focus on the importance of resilience in our changing climate.

The pre-eminent conference for marine engineering, Breakwaters 2023 will take place in Portsmouth UK, between 25 – 27 April.

The 3-day programme boasts over 100 speakers from 17 countries. It is an opportunity for academics, scholars and engineers to share ideas and learnings that will enhance the way we protect our marine and coastal structures.

Kevin Burgess of Jacobs, Chair of the Breakwaters 2023 organising committee, said:

“This year’s conference programme is packed with innovative research and case studies covering a wide range of topics across the marine and costal discipline.

“The impact of accelerating climate change requires us to continually find more efficient and effective solutions to address the challenges it creates, from increasing the risks to coastal communities to the rapidly growing loss of habitat and biodiversity.

“I encourage all marine and coastal engineers to join us at Breakwaters to learn, network and collaborate so we can continue to build resilience in this changing climate”.

A wide range of papers will be presented across the conference - from the challenges faced in the decommissioning of North Sea oil platforms, using a case study of those working on the Dales Voe decommissioning base in Shetland; to the work that undertaken to build coastal resilience at Tyndall Air Force Base, following a Category 5 hurricane and how nature-based solutions played a role.

A series of events and site visits will also be taking place around the conference. They include a site visit around two ambitious coastal flood and erosion risk management projects currently underway in Portsmouth (28 April). The projects aim to reduce the risk of flooding to residential and commercial properties, and historic structures and critical infrastructure. 

And, those wanting to learn more about how to estimate sea conditions for design of coastal structures can attend a short one-day course (24 April).

A Probabilistic Design of Coastal Structures will focus on clarifying and applying methods to suit probabilistic design, as will be recommended in the revised BS 6349 (Maritime Works) Part 7 ‘Design of Breakwaters’ and new Eurocode EN 1991-1-9 ‘Wave Actions on Coastal Structures’. The course will be given by recognised experts, and supported by engineers with hands-on experience of using the methods in practical studies.  

Notes to Editors:

ICE's Marine, Coastal Structures and Breakwaters 2023 conference, commonly known as Breakwaters, will take place between 25-27 April. It is the pre-eminent international conference for the global marine and coastal engineering community.

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  • Emma Beer, media relations manager at ICE