January 24, 2019

The Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers has adopted new definitions for Navigation Engineering and Port Engineering. This is the first revision of definitions for these two disciplines ACOPNE has adopted.

The new definitions are:

Port Engineering involves the practice of civil, structural, mechanical and environmental engineering concerned with the planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation, environmental protection, and technical functioning of dock and shoreside facilities and systems used to handle or convey people or product.

Navigation Engineering involves the planning, design, construction and maintenance of harbors, marinas and waterways by employing works such as dredging, breakwaters, locks and dams, ice and sedimentation control contrivances, and flow training structures in an environmentally sensitive manner to facilitate the safe and efficient operation of vessels in transit or at berth, especially considering the behavior and performance of vessels subject to environmental forces, sediment related issues, traffic movement and vessel handling.

The definitions are modified in the ACOPNE Bylaws Article 2 and the Civil Engineering Certification, Inc. Board of Directors has approved the ACOPNE Bylaws changes on January 7, 2019.

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