Technique of Stowing Packages Containing Radioactive Materials During Maritime Transportation
The Mont Louis accident, in which uranium hexafluoride packages were involved, alarmed a large number of European competent authorities directly or indirectly concerned in the accident, including the Commission of European Communities (CEC).
The CEC sponsored, in 1986–1987, a preliminary research, mainly a bibliographic data collection, to obtain a first view on the problem.
However, the purpose of the CEC is to produce, by further work, a code of good practice for stowing, with accident conditions taken into consideration.
The research work was carried out jointly by Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique (CEA), Paris, France, the Institut de Protection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IPSN) at Fontenay-aux-Roses, France and by Transnubel S.A. Brussels, Belgium. The final report of these contracts was completed in November 1987.
data collection concerning the acceleration to be considered during normal and accidental conditions and concerning safe areas in the ship to be reserved for the stowing of packages containing radioactive materials.
data collection concerning accident statistics.
Lloyds Register of Shipping supplied the basic information needed to select reference ship-accident scenarios as a basis for further work.
The collected data provide the necessary basis for this further work, aiming to increase the safety of transporting radioactive material by ship.
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