Life cycle inventory of fairway channels: with examples from the Port of Gothenburg

Well-maintained fairway channels are necessities for a functioning marine transport system. In this report environmental aspects of construction and operation of fairway channels are described and analysed. Life cycle inventory data on energy use during dredging, maintenance of navigational aids, pilotage and ice breaking are presented. Impacts on the marine environment have not been included in the study. All data have been acquired from the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Port of Gothenburg. The study is part of a greater project covering environmental life cycle aspects of a larger part of the transport infrastructure system, including ports. The data have therefore been modelled to fit in a life cycle assessment model, developed for the same project. The aim is to present generic data for Swedish fairway channels. However, port specifics can cause large variations in the need for the fairway channel maintenance, piloting and ice breaking. Care should be taken before applying and using the presented data in a wider context. All the activities described in this report are for this reason accompanied with a brief recommendation on further use.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 26
  • Serial:
    • IVL rapport B
    • Issue Number: 168
    • Publisher: IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet AB, Sweden
    • ISSN: 0283-877X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01664507
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • ISBN: 9789188319050
  • Files: ITRD, VTI
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2018 10:27AM