Accession Number : ADA311743

Title :   Improving the Cost Effectiveness of Hazardous Materials Management Programs Aboard U.S. Navy Dock Landing Ships (LSD's).

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Hellman, Matthew C.

PDF Url : ADA311743

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : This thesis analyzes the cost effectiveness of alternatives to the U.S. Navy's current hazardous materials management practices onboard its ships. Numerous recent laws regarding pollution prevention aboard ships as well as significant reductions in Department of Defense spending has led the Navy to seek initiatives to manage hazardous materials in a more efficient and cost effective manner. This thesis deals with reducing wastestream volume and costs and improving the management of the Hazardous Minimization Centers (HMC's). Research was conducted onboard seven U.S. Navy Dock Landing Ships (LSD's): USS ANCHORAGE, USS COMSTOCK, USS FORT FISHER, USS FORT MCHENRY, USS HARPER'S FERRY, USS MOUNT VERNON and USS RUSHMORE. Hazardous material wastestream data was gathered for each ship to determine the significant material contributors to disposal costs. Additionally, information was accumulated concerning the training received by HMC operators to identify potential management weaknesses. Research identified significant cost savings by replacing the currently used baled wiping rags with shop towels provided by a contracted commercial vendor. Also noted was the fact that HMC operators were not receiving the requisite training required to properly manage HMC's. Therefore, training alternatives are addressed to ensure competent management of HMC's.

Descriptors :   *SHIPS, *MANAGEMENT, *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *NAVAL VESSELS, *DOCKING, *HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, *LANDING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THESES, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, WASTE DISPOSAL, POLLUTION, PREVENTION, SAVINGS, MILITARY BUDGETS, DOCKS, LANDING CRAFT, TOWELS.

Subject Categories : Solid Wastes Pollution and Control
      Marine Engineering
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE