Operations report on the N.S. Savannah covers the third year of commercial cargo service. During this period one voyage was made to the Far East and one to the Mediterranean. Reactor power was available at sea at all times. The vessel was operated at less than full power in order to conserve fuel; this ensured normal reactor operation until the core could be replenished. A review of general reactor plant operation includes the control rod drive system, containment vessel, reactor space ventilation system filters, water chemistry, and reactor shutdowns. A marked increase in personnel exposures was experienced due to the increasing ambient dose rate in the containment and the proximity of principal work areas to the points of highest radiation. The rising ambient radiation level in the containment vessel was caused by the amount of corrosion products deposited in the primary system. Shore staff operations included a technical specification change, port surveys, and a charcoal adsorber test program. A safety committee determined safe and efficient reactor plant management.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number FAST-13.
  • Corporate Authors:

    First Atomic Ship Transport, Incorporated

    39 Broadway
    New York, NY  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1968-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00027107
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAST-13
  • Contract Numbers: MA-3890
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1973 12:00AM