Vol II, Issue 6  June 2006

Wes Wilson joins the "Global Container Ports Benchmarking Task Force"
Wesley Wilson, PhD, of the University of Oregon and the NETS program, was recently invited to join a "Global Container Ports Benchmarking Task Force."  John Liu of Hong Kong Polytechnic University is coordinating a group of specialists to examine port efficiency.  Wes attended the first meeting in Hong Kong in April 2006.  He pointed to the NETS research and, in particular, to recently released studies on HarborSym, Port Efficiency, and others available on, as well as to the wealth of data currently collected by the Corps and other U.S. agencies.

The project, collectively supported by grants from Hong Kong Government and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will measure and compare productivity, cost efficiency, and user charges of major container ports/terminals in the world. The task force advises project team leaders in terms of data, modeling, and import of the research. 

The task force is comprised of Professor John Liu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Theodore Noteboom, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Professor Tae Hoon Oum, University of British Columbia, Canada, Professor Steimtz Seiji,  California State University at Long Beach, Professor Dong-Wook Song, University of Hong Kong, Professor Jose Tongzon, National University of Singapore, Professor Wesley Wilson, University of Oregon and Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC., Professor Jia Yan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Michael G H Bell, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London. 

HarborSym Fact Sheet | Port Development, Internal Transport Systems and International Trade Fact Sheet

Hannibal Event Study on the Ohio River
The Hannibal Event Study is the most recent closure event report funded by NETS and is now available through the NETS website.  The analysis of the closures at Hannibal Locks & Dam describes the sequence of events that led to a five-day total closure of the Ohio River in October-November 2005.  The analysis found the reliability-related closures cost the Corps and towing industry at least $5 million.

Hannibal Event Study Fact Sheet | Report

Inland Navigation Conference: NETS and the Research Agenda
The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) sponsored an Inland Navigation Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 25, 2006.  Corps policy and planning representatives from the Institute for Water Resources (IWR), LRD, HQ-USACE and the Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Huntington, and Louisville Districts met with inland navigation stakeholders to review the current status and direction of the Corps research and development program and to begin formulating future research and development needs. 

Wes Walker, with the Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation, made a presentation that outlined the Corps process for setting the research agenda and described current and planned NETS efforts.  Stakeholders attending represented the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp (USDOT), the American Association of Port Authorities, and WCI (Waterways Council, Inc.).  These stakeholders continued to express a strong desire for better and more complete estimates of the value of the nation’s inland navigation system.

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NETS Team Members Present at PIANC conference
NETS team members made presentations at the 31st International Navigation Association (PIANC) Congress in Estoril, Portugal. PIANC is a worldwide nonprofit organization of individuals, corporations and national governments. PIANC is concerned with the planning, design, construction, improvement, maintenance and operation of inland and maritime waterways, ports and coastal areas including facilities for fisheries, sport and recreational navigation.

Keith Hofseth of IWR presented an overview of the entire NETS program. Dr. Richard Males of RMM Technical Services presented aspects of the HarborSym model. A poster presentation on animation and visualization was presented by Cory Rogers of CDM and Shana Heisey of IWR.

Keith Hofseth Presentation | Richard Males Presentation
PIANC Conference Photos
HarborSym Fact Sheet

Bruce Lambert Presents to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Harbors, Navigation, and Environment Seminar
Mr. Lambert presented the HarborSym model at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Harbors, Navigation and Environment Seminar in Vancouver, British Columbia. The conference discussed environmental issues related to regulatory control, dredging, and other applications related to harbor projects. Mr. Lambert's speech outlined the development of the HarborSym model, describing its models and remarking on its outputs. He informed listeners about possible training opportunities.

HarborSym Fact Sheet | Presentation


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