THE ROLE OF NUCLEAR POWER IN THE MERCHANT MARINE-SUMMARY REPORT

The position of the U.S. Merchant Marine in today's commerical and political environment is analyzed, and in general found to be deficient with respect to the needs of the U.S. Goverment, both military and non-military, and to the needs of the shipper and ship operator. The characteristics of a marine transportation system which would be responsive to the demands of the national interests are developed. This system is based on privately owned and operated high speed nuclear powered ships. Two different reactor concepts are evaluated for the new system, the Babcock & Wilcox Consolidated Nuclear Steam Generator (CNSG), and the General Electric Company's gas-cooled reactor (630 A). The CNSG is a development of existing proven pressurized water-cooled and water-moderated reactor technology, with a very low fuel cycle cost, and is recommended for maritime nuclear propulsion plants for construction in the immediate future. It is concluded, however, that because of its extreme versatility, its essential economic parity, and its very desirable safety characteristics, the 630 A reactor plant offers a much greater potential for future maritime applications.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number NP-14139.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Sharp (George G) Incorporated

    100 Church Street
    New York, NY  USA  10007
  • Publication Date: 1963-3-15

Media Info

  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026671
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NP-14139 Sum Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: MA-3064
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1973 12:00AM