The objective of this study is to assess national capability to respond to marine casualties involving vessels carrying hazardous cargoes. Response to an incident consists of minimizing the consequences of the incident, including any accidental cargo release; maintaining local public safety; controlling and cleaning up pollution; and salving the stricken vessel and its cargo. In February 1978, the National Research Council's Marine Board established a Panel on Response to Casualties Involving Ship Born Hazardous Cargoes to undertake the assessment. This report presents the results of that assessment. The panel employed a case study methodology in the conduct of the study. This consisted of developing scenarios describing hypothetical but plausible marine casualties and then conducting game simulations in which those who would actually respond to the incidents simulated their actions in a seminar, or game, mode. The panel then based its assessment of response capabilities on information developed in the course of the case studies and its collective experience in casualty response.

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    • Work supported by the Army Corps of Engineers, The Coast Guard, The Maritime Administration, and the Navy. Research performed by NRC Panel on Response to Casualties Involving Ship.Bourne Hazardous Cargos. (Also available from NTIS as AD-A075203/0).
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  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 167 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-77-C-0796
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1979 12:00AM