International Nuclear Services, the world’s leading marine transporter of nuclear materials, has recently played a key role in a collaborative effort to transport approximately 20 kilograms of separated plutonium from Switzerland to the United States.
The movement supports international non-proliferation goals which aim to consolidate and minimise inventories of nuclear material.
The successful transport was undertaken by the specialist nuclear vessel the Oceanic Pintail. The vessel, whose home port is in Barrow-in-Furness in the UK, was manned by a crew from Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited, and carried an escort from the UK Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
In a statement the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) highlighted the “significant contribution of the United Kingdom’s International Nuclear Services, which provided the secure transport of the material fromEurope to the United States”. http://nnsa.energy.gov/mediaroom/pressreleases/united-states-collaborates-switzerland-remove-last-remaining-separated
Mark Jervis, managing director of INS, said: “This successful operation represents an important milestone in reducing the risk of nuclear proliferation and was delivered by UK assets and expertise in collaboration with our Swiss and US partners”
“Our experience in high security nuclear shipments is second to none and we are extremely proud to play such a important role again in the global non-proliferation efforts led by the United States government”.
INS and its subsidiary PNTL have a flawless 40-year record of transporting nuclear material around the world by sea. INS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.