Thursday, November 13, 2008
Second of Three Navy/Submarine Posts
CNN reports that the accident on board the Russian nuclear submarine was cause by an error by one of the crew members. I just have a couple of thoughts about this. First, the accident was entirely not nuclear. The submarine is powered by a nuclear reactor, which boils the water to turn the turbine, but the accident had to do with a fire safety system going off. Of course, non-nuclear accidents can result in nuclear reactors being left at the bottom of the ocean, which is not good. See e.g. Kurst, Scorpion, and Thresher. Nonetheless, it doesn't show one way or another about the safety of nuclear reactors. Although, it is shocking to me that 17 people could be killed during what appears to be an underway test of a fire supression system. So, may say something about Russians and their attitude toward industrial safety.