Maritime disruptions can have severe negative implications, but have the impact of events (such as storm surges and wind storms) altered over time? Also, are all parts of the UK equally vulnerable to disruptions? This talk will explore a newly developed database of maritime disruptions that have impacted UK ports, coastal areas and surrounding seas between 1950 and 2014.
A spectrum of impacts arising from maritime disruptions has been identified, ranging from minor delays to services, through to substantial damage to vessels, or even loss of life. 88 events were recorded in the database, and found to be primarily caused by wind storms (36 %), human error (23 %), mechanical faults (14 %) and storm surges (12 %). A strong seasonal distribution was also identified within the results.
This analysis has improved our understanding of how well prepared the UK is to current disruptions. Understanding past and present vulnerability to disruptions is a vital tool to aid prediction of how the UK may respond to changing pressures, such as changes in the frequency and severity of some disruptions, under a climate change scenario.