Guy Buzzoni (left) with COPRI Met Section Chapter Chair Andrew Cairns (right) at the January 15th lecture.

On February 19, 2014, the Metropolitan Section signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute (COPRI) to establish a new local chapter. The new chapter has elected officers and started off its activities with a series of lectures.

The group's events kicked off on October 17, 2013 with Dan Zarrilli, New York City Director of Resiliency, doing a presentation on the impact that SuperStorm Sandy had on New York City, and the development of the City's plan to prepare for future storm events and climate change. This plan can be seen in the City's report, "A Stronger, More Resilient New York."

On November 13, 2013, Dr. J. Richard "Rich" Weggel of Drexel University presented a paper on Beach Replacement and Terminal Groin/Jetty in Niantic, Connecticut. The lecturer presented a project overview, challenges and answered important questions about project performance since installation, including the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.

Guy Buzzoni, Vice President for Infrastructure Development at Global Marine Terminal, presented an overview of the expansion project being carried out at Global Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey on January 15, 2014. This project will transform the facility into the most technically advanced terminal in the region. The presentation highlighted civil work built to support new technology and equipment to enable port workers to unload shipping containers from the container vessels and transfer them into grounded stacks operated by semi-automated rail-mounted gantry cranes.

The Met Section COPRI Chapter is currently teaming with the Met Section's Infrastructure Group for their Annual Technical Seminar, which this year will be focused on Ports and Waterways Infrastructure. Participants will be able to obtain 10 PDHs. Lectures range  from the construction of the Inner Harbor Navigation Channel in New Orleans to the development of the largest greenfield port in the world, located in Doha Qatar. The event is being held at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn on April 30, 2014, and will culminate with a panel discussion led by the PANYNJ on "The Future of the Port of New York and New Jersey."

We are very excited with the establishment of the COPRI Met Section Chapter and look forward to meeting the needs of engineers in the region that are focused on coastal, offshore, port, and waterway interests. If you are interested in getting involved in the Chapter please contact Andrew Cairns at or Doug Friend at .