Evaluating the Applicability of Sea Basing to Support the Preparation for, and Response to, Rapid Onset Disasters

Peter Tatham, Gyongyi Kovacs, Alain Vaillancourt

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Abstract

Using four case studies of the response of the international community to major rapid onset natural disasters, this paper analyzes the advantages and challenges inherent in the provision of logistics support through the use of a floating warehouse; otherwise known as 'sea basing.' Through a comparison of the costs and benefits of the use of alternative sea-basing models with the actual cost of air transport incurred, this paper demonstrates that the use of sea basing would offer responding agencies significant cost and flexibility benefits, and that the concept has the potential to be extended significantly through the use of a bespoke vessel rather than a standard commercial container ship.

Publisher Statement: 

Original languageEnglish
Article number7353158
Pages (from-to)67-77
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cyclone Nargis 2008
  • disaster relief
  • humanitarian logistics (HL)
  • inventory location
  • Nepal earthquake 2015
  • Pakistan earthquake 2005
  • sea basing
  • typhoon Haiyan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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