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Document ID (ISN)104786
CIS number 06-407
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Darbra R.M., Casal J.
Title Historical analysis of accidents in seaports
Bibliographic information Feb. 2004, Vol.42, No.2, p.85-98. Illus. 7 ref.
Abstract A total of 471 seaport accidents occurring between 1900 and 2002 were identified from databases and analysed. The results show a significant increase in the frequency of accidents over time: 83% of the accidents occurred in the last 20 years and 59% in the past decade. The most frequent accidents were releases (51%), followed by fires (29%), explosions (17%) and gas clouds (3%). More than half the accidents occurred during transport. Loading and unloading operations, storage and process plants also made a large contribution to the total. The various causes of the accidents were analysed, together with the type of substance involved and the consequences for the population (number of persons killed, injured and evacuated). The need to improve certain safety measures in ports is highlighted.
Descriptors (primary) harbours; causes of accidents; major hazards; sea transport
Descriptors (secondary) dangerous substances; analysis of accident causes; statistical trends; fire; explosions; storage; frequency rates; injuries; leakage; spills; fatalities; history; loading and unloading
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Water transportation
Major hazards