DEPARTMENT OF ELECTROPHYSICS
DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
NUCLEAR SHIP ACCIDENTS
In Denmark a "Nuclear Preparedness Group" has been established in cooperation between the Riso National Laboratory, the Technical University of Denmark and the Danish Nuclear Inspectorate.
This group collects information about nuclear facilities in the areas surrounding Danish territory and follows the nuclear development in general. The reasoning behind the group is to ensure that the necessary information is available, should the Danish authorities need information about nuclear facilities or events.
A major activity of the group has been to collect information about nuclear power plants situated not too far from Danish territory. In addition an attempt has also been made to collect information on nuclear ships. At several occasions nuclear ships have sailed through the Danish straits. It should also be remembered that the Faroe Islands and Greenland are part of the Danish Kingdom. Thus all traffic with nuclear ships in the North Atlantic may be of relevance to Danish authorities. Accidents with this type of ship may give rise to radioactive pollution which may again affect the fishing fleet.
The information on nuclear ships which the group has attempted to collect includes information on accidents with nuclear ships, safety aspects of nuclear ship propulsion plants ships and sea disposal of nuclear reactors. The reason for collecting this information is to create a better basis for risk assessments in case of nuclear ship accidents or in case of release of radioactivity near the sea bottom from disposed reactors or from sunken nuclear ships.
While it has not been too difficult to obtain information about civilian nuclear ships, reliable information on nuclear naval ships is for reasons discussed in section 2 of this report not readily available.