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Dutch government will soon receive a risk methodology produced and finalised by DNV regarding the transport of dangerous goods by inland and sea-going vessels, to help avoid river-transport accidents.

The Dutch have a long history of using the large Rijn, Maas and Schelde rivers to carry a wide diversity of goods including dangerous substances within the country and to and from Germany and Belgium.

Accidents are rare but the consequences of ship collisions could be great, so DNV has been involved ever since the first initiatives were taken to monitor risks.

Risk assessment methodologies allow authorities not only to monitor the risks accompanying the transport of dangerous goods on waterways, but also to assess the impact that certain legislative changes may have on these risks.

DNV’s earlier work on the development of a nautical Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) and a methodology to assess ship collisions based on the impact energy is now to be formalised into a Dutch guideline called Risk Analysis Sea and River Transport.

The latest phase of the project, originally commenced in 2000, will check for any outstanding issues and, following a theoretical study, the updated methodology will be evaluated in practice by quantifying the risks related to the transport of dangerous goods on the Westerschelde.

The methodology is expected to be officially implemented by the Dutch government by the end of 2011.

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