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Marine Accident Prevention in the Saronic Gulf

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Marine Accident Prevention in the Saronic Gulf

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This bachelor thesis sets out to what extend maritime traffic in the Saronic Gulf is present. First, it will begin with exploring the area of the Saronic Gulf. Within that the research sets out the main marine traffic routes which are present in the Saronic Gulf. These are then separated into different segments according to their bathymetry, traffic density, weather and met-ocean conditions, and length.
Secondly, a hazard identification for each individual segment is made to identify which hazards are the most disastrous for economic and ecological loss. This hazard identification is based on a HAZID workshop including international participants with local knowledge. The hazard identification is the backbone for the following frequency assessment, in which the likelihood of each hazard for each segment is identified.
The Frequency Assessment showed that the Saronic Gulf is vulnerable to marine traffic hazards such as collision, grounding, foundering and fire/explosion. Each segment was individually analyzed for each hazard type. Also the total frequency in which all hazard types for each segment were combined is given.
Afterwards, a consequent assessment of these hazards is made with the focus on oil spills, as they drew major public attention and result in disastrous outcomes for the economy and ecological habitats. This consequence assessment includes several scenarios of Oil spills and their economic costs.
Fifthly, a risk evaluation was made. This risk evaluation focused on consequences for the environment and the local lifestyle is mentioned. This was done, as the consequence assessment did not include these factors. However, they are highly important to evaluate the consequences of overall oil spills.
Finally this bachelor dissertation will focus on which international regulations and prevention measures are the most effective for the Saronic Gulf. Therefore focus is paid on regulations and preventions before an occurring accident and what to do after it happened. Many prevention and mitigation measures were identified. However, to reach full effectiveness not one measure alone is enough. The combination of mitigation and prevention measures is the key to reach total efficiency.
The outcome of this research is to give an adequate overview of the maritime traffic present in the Saronic Gulf, within its hazards to the economy and ecology, their frequency and consequences, and finally how to deal with marine traffic accident before and afterwards.

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OrganisatieHZ University of Applied Sciences
OpleidingWatermanagement/ Deltamanagement
AfdelingDelta Academy
PartnersArchipelagos Institution for Marine Conservation
Datum2015-06-26
TypeBachelor
TaalEngels

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