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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, New York, New York, November 13-15, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  USA  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Kalmanson, A G
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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