January 2012

Natural Disasters: Physical and Legal Risks Facing U.S. Ports

Bar Bulletin
Christopher R. Nolan
While the majority of port facilities have received some form of "hardening" to prevent a terrorist attack, less financial and logistical focus has been placed on the toll natural disasters may have on ports. When considering port facility impacts after hurricanes Katrina and Irene, the recent tsunami in Japan, and flooding in Australia and New Zealand, it is a good time to reevaluate port emergency management plans and see how they hold up to the latest examples of natural disasters. It is similarly prudent to assess the post-disaster legal landscape and determine what steps can be taken to prevent substantial liability damage claims.

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