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State of the affairs of risk analysis of the Dutch part of the North Sea

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Microsoft Word - kaft.doc - 36 - STATE OF THE AFFAIRS OF RISK ANALYSIS OF THE DUTCH PART OF THE NORTH SEA Henk Offringa National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management, RIKZ Kortenaerkade 1, Postbus 20907, 2500 EX Den Haag, the Netherlands E-mail: [email protected] Background In order to make a proper risk analysis of the transport of hazardous substances on the North Sea, a good overview is needed of the hazardous substances transported and the sensitive coastal areas possibly under threat. In the Netherlands, this process received input a number of years ago by a detailed inventory study of hazardous substances transported to and from the major Dutch sea ports (including Rotterdam) in the year 2000. This study revealed that the larger proportion of such transport comprised crude oil and heavy fuel oil. Also, it became apparent that the transport of hazardous substances in ships only passing (but not calling at) Dutch ports was an unknown factor. For this reason, the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management decided to join the Safety at Sea project in the Interreg IIIB Program (North Sea region). In this presentation, the preliminary results of this on-going project will be discussed. Inventory of oil transport streams In Safety at Sea, partners from public and private organisations in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway (Lead Partner), Sweden and the UK join forces to work on different safety aspects related to maritime activities. The Netherlands together with Norway are making an inventory of oil transport and sensitive areas in order to improve the risk analysis of oil transport on the Dutch part of the North Sea. Information on oil transport has been collected for the year 2004, not only from the major Dutch ports but also from oil ports in the other participating Interreg countries. Importantly, Norway and the UK as major oil producers and exporters are part of the study. This inventory has led to

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