WRA Goes Global.
Baltimore, MD – In early May, employees from WRA attended an international conference in Ghent, Belgium for Young Professionals of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC). PIANC is a global organization that provides guidance on sustainable waterborne transport infrastructure of ports and waterways. It is the leading partner for governments and the private sector in the design, development and maintenance of ports, waterways and coastal areas. Our employees were two of three individuals selected to represent the United States at the conference.
The subject of the conference was Blue Energy, which is marine based sustainable energy. The conference provided insight into the offshore wind farm and tidal energy industry, and presented the engineering opportunities available in renewable or alternative energy production. Our employees attended presentations about the design, construction, and operation of offshore wind farms, dredging material remediation & storage facilities, and sustainable energy marine infrastructure. They also toured an offshore wind farm 35 km out in the North Sea, the Port of Ghent, the Port of Ostend, and the AMORAS dredge material treatment and storage facility in Antwerp. Conference keynote speakers included the former President of the European Council and Belgian Secretary for the North Sea.
The conference was arranged by the Belgium Young Professional chapter as the 5th in the series of PIANC’s biannual technical visits, where participants attend seminars and tours on different types of marine related infrastructure projects. Our employees exchanged ideas with young professionals from around the world, including engineers from England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Philippines, Iran, Japan, Australia, and Mexico.