NUCLEAR-POWERED MERCHANT SHIPS: SOME LEGAL AND REGULATORY CONSIDERATIONS
Some of the legal and regulatory problems requiring attention before the construction and operation of a privately owned nuclear-powered merchant ship can proceed are identified and discussed. Foremost among these is the need to provide protection for the public and for industry from the economic consequences of an accident resulting in the release of radiation. A scheme similar to the Price-Anderson Act, which currently covers land-based nuclear facilities, is recommended. Of equal importance in maintaining the progress of the Maritime Administration's Competitive Nuclear Merchant Ship Program is the need for federal financial assistance to cover the first-of-a-kind costs associated with the initial ships and to cover the extraordinary contingent costs associated with the uncertainty of licensing requirements and licensing- related delays. The provisions of two pending financial assistance bills are analyzed. Also discussed are Coast Guard requirements, Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing requirements, the need for agreement and coordination among the cognizant federal regulatory agencies, and the problems of foreign port entry.
- Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, New York, New York, November 13-15, 1975.
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers601 Pavonia Avenue
Jersey City, NJ USA 07306-2907
- Kalmanson, A G
- Publication Date: 1975-11
- Features: References;
- Pagination: 8 p.
- TRT Terms: Legal constraints; Nuclear power plants; Nuclear reactors; Safety
- Old TRIS Terms: Nuclear reactor safety
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00127551
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
- Report/Paper Numbers: No. 2
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM