THE MARITIME NUCLEAR PROPULSION PROGRAM

An analysis of the N.S. Savannah experience and accomplishments is made in relation to a program to promote rapid utilization of nuclear reactors in merchant ships. From the technical experience of the N.S. Savannah and the associated advanced reactor development effort have been derived compact reactor systems which are believed suitable for widespread use in the field. From the ship's legal and regulatory experience, new regulations, procedures, standards, agreements, and accepted practices now form a framework which will permit routine commercial use of nuclear merchant ships in domestic and foreign ports. Also from the N.S. Savannah's experience has come trained personnel for safe nuclear ship operation and the first commerical marine nuclear servicing facilities and staff available to private shipping customers. Finally, it is concluded that maritime nuclear propulsion can provide economically competitive ship systems and can achieve superiority over conventional propulsion in a number of shipping applications.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number A-8-M.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Atomic Energy Commission

    Department of Commerce
    Washington, DC  USA  20235

    Maritime Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Robb, J E
  • Publication Date: 1963-11-18

Media Info

  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026601
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1973 12:00AM