N/S Savannah Association, Inc. 8/8/2014
For immediate release
On July 25, 2014, BBC News Magazine published a feature piece on NS SAVANNAH entitled “The Ship That Totally Failed to Change the World.” The N/S SAVANNAH Association, Inc. was contacted during the production of the article, and interviews were conducted with Stan Wheatley and Will Davis. While the bulk of the article is accurate, and NSSA welcomes and appreciates the media attention, certain points contained in the article are not necessarily accurate.
The question of the primary coolant discharge overboard during the early years of the ship’s operation was asked, and a detailed answer provided. None of the answer, emailed to BBC’s Justin Parkinson, was included in the article, which when printed simply stated that overboard discharges (of radioactive water) were reduced when greater tank capacity on board was installed, which is not accurate. In order to ensure that the complete story as to the overboard discharges during the first few years of operation is told, the explanation as e-mailed is reproduced here:
From the FSAR (Final Safety Analysis Report) for the ship, STS-004-002, section 7.1.2 we obtain the following:
At the end of the BBC article, it is stated that future acceptance of nuclear ships “might require more than a publicity trip or two,” with the direct implication that this is all that NS SAVANNAH achieved during her tours around the world. In point of fact, operation of SAVANNAH led to visits to over 30 domestic and 40 foreign ports, during the demonstration period the first few years of the ship’s operation, and following that during the five years of commercial operation. During this entire time period, the availability of the power plant (the amount of time it was actually available, versus the amount of time it was scheduled to be) was 99%. NS SAVANNAH had a history, and performance record, that any future nuclear merchant ship would do well to duplicate.
Communications Director, N.S. Savannah Association
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