Funded project

Gas or slicks emitted from a ship in the event of a maritime accident may pose a serious threat to response personnel sent to assess and intervene at the accident site and to resident populations. The GALERNE project focused on accidents involving chemical tankers transporting hazardous, evaporating substances and gas carriers transporting liquified gas in conditions close to ambient pressure and temperature or under pressurised or refrigerated conditions.

Spin-offs and future developments

The combination of different models used has potential in the area of applied research and is worth developing in an operational context. The methods for detecting fumes operated remotely from a command vessel should be put into operation as quickly as possible. Ammonia tankers appear to pose a particularly serious threat over considerable distances (several tens of kilometres), although the solubility of the product in water was not considered. The 9 ‘intervention sheets’, which were produced with operators involved in maritime response, represent a successful outcome for the GALERNE project. Other substances (32 liquified gases listed in the IGC Code) may pose similar, serious risks to response operations, populations and the environment.

  • - Cedre, Brest  [Project Developer]
  • - Bureau Véritas, Paris
  • - Engie, Paris
Research centers
  • - CNRS/GAME- Météo France, Paris
  • - INERIS, Paris
Other partners
  • - Bureau Enquêtes Accidents Mer, Brest
  • - CEPPOL, Brest
  • - DSC, Paris
- Agence Nationale de la recherche
Overall budget
957 K€