Resilience Framework for Ports and Other Intermodal Components

Intermodal (IM) freight systems and their components play a significant role in the U.S. and world economies. Terminals and ports are critical components of these systems. These components however, are, by the nature of their design inherently vulnerable to natural and terrorist attack, and evidence is mounting that an attack on or involving the IM freight transport system and its components would have catastrophic consequences. Significant effort has been expended on the development of technologies and other measures that can aid in addressing these security needs at ports in the United States and abroad. A quantitative measure, termed resilience, is employed to determine the best set of actions to improve security at nodal facilities in an IM network. Resilience accounts for both the innate reliability of a facility and the ability of short-term recovery actions to mitigate negative effects. This concept has been employed at the system level. A framework for its application at the IM component level is proposed. A case-based analysis is conducted to produce the specific steps required to apply this concept to an existing port. The framework is general and can be applied to any IM nodal component, such as terminals, marshalling yards, and border control stations. The resulting ability to quantify the component’s level of vulnerability will aid decision makers in assessing trade-offs between investment and costly security implementations.


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  • Accession Number: 01157020
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309142991
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2580
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:14AM