Special Wednesday Seminar - Hironori Kato on Impacts of Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Disaster on Port Activities

Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Sendai Port, Japan

This week’s special Wednesday TRANSOC Seminar has Dr. Hironori Kato, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo, presenting “Impacts of Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Disaster on Port Activities in Japan and Maritime Transportation to and from Japan: Latest Report.”

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011 stressed the importance of reconsidering catastrophic disaster and risk management in international transportation policies and markets. This presentation will examine the impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on port activities and maritime transportation in Japan, with emphasis on the effect of port traffic diversion as international vessels began avoiding areas of high radiation including ports in Tokyo/Yokohama and the Tohoku region. The process used by shipping companies to make these diversion decisions will be investigated, through a combination of literature review and interviews with port authorities and shippers. This presentation will also examine the reactions of port users to the high levels of radiation, as well as the countermeasures taken by port authorities to discourage traffic diversion.  Key lessons are drawn from Japan’s experiences for international transportation engineers, policy makers and business leaders.

The seminar will be held on March 14 from 3-4 p.m. in 544 Davis Hall.