Chapter Four Safety and Environment

Chapter Four
Safety and Environment

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Water transportation provides economic benefits, mobility, and recreational opportunities, but it also creates unintended consequences, such as fatalities, injuries and property damage due to accidents, and environmental damage. Hence, promoting safety and protecting the environment are key goals in the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) strategic plan.

This chapter offers data on the safety of commercial shipping and recreational boating and the environmental impacts associated with these activities. A special section on environmental issues associated with cruise ships appears at the end of this report.