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Philadelphia Workshop Report

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A partial Port Risk Assessment Workshop was conducted for Philadelphia on December 11 and 12, 2000. The workshop was stopped mid-way through the second day when it became apparent that the PAWSA process would not meet the Philadelphia and Delaware River port communitys risk assessment needs. This determination was based on several points raised by the participants during the session The mariners of the port of Philadelphia have a long history of attention to safety and were among the first in the nation to create their Mariners Advisory Committee MAC for the Delaware Bay and River, a forerunner of Harbor Safety Committees. Together with the Ports of Philadelphia, the Marine Exchange, and the Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware, they continue to be active proponents for safe and efficient operation of the port. The strong cooperative nature of the port community was recently demonstrated in their development of a port Y2K plan to address potential infrastructure breakdowns. Additionally, the Delaware River was one of the first waterways in the country to be managed through a formalized Vessel Traffic Information Service, with vessel movements facilitated using technologically advanced handheld navigation systems. The ports proactive approach to waterway and vessel traffic management has resulted in an overall feeling that marine transportation system risk is at an acceptable level. The workshop participants, reflecting upon this long-standing history, plus their experience and effectiveness in dealing with port safety issues, found the PAWSA process unsuitable to their needs, as it addresses more macro than micro concerns for port safety. In addition, they expressed a strong fear that workshop results would be used to the commercial disadvantage of the Port of Philadelphia.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

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