Transporting nuclear cargoes
Transporting specialist nuclear cargoes safely and securely requires huge experience and modern insight into current operational standards.
More than 2000 casks of nuclear material safely transported since 1975
INS’s 40-year history of transporting nuclear materials, coupled with a busy transport schedule for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and customers like the US Department of Energy, EDF Energy and the National Nuclear Laboratory, afford it the opportunity to ensure that its peoples’ skills and knowledge are built on uniquely solid foundations with up-to-date practical experience.
INS’ transport resources, including a purpose built INF3-class nuclear cargo vessel, extend to the access we have to the UK’s Civil Nuclear Constabulary, which has enormous experience working in partnership with INS to provide a maritime guard force where security regulations require it.
We also have the expertise to provide customers with specialist services associated with the transport of nuclear material, including safety, security, logistical services and comprehensive 24-hour global emergency response support.
We bring to each customer our commitment to maintaining our flawless nuclear safety and security record.
We have a unique 40 year heritage in transporting specialist nuclear materials which we apply to each new transport challenge.
We seek continuous improvements through our ongoing nuclear transport activities.
To discuss your nuclear transport requirements please contact us.
INS has used the skills and experience built up over 40 years of operations to safely and securely deliver a number of high profile nuclear transports, and our unique access to the UK’s Civil Nuclear Constabulary means we can provide a maritime guard force when security regulations require it.
We’ve helped to deliver important intergovernmental agreements on the custody and transportation of specialist nuclear materials. Most recently, in 2016, INS was involved in a transport of material from Japan to the USA which was described as the biggest transport of its kind. We also played a key role in a collaborative effort to transport Highly Enriched Uranium and separated plutonium from Switzerland and Germany to the United States.
These transports, and several others like them, are important milestones in securing nuclear materials and reducing the risk of nuclear proliferation, and were delivered by UK assets and expertise in collaboration with our partners around the world.
INS played a part in supporting global nuclear security goals by successfully transporting approximately 20 kilograms of separated plutonium from Switzerland to the United States.
The successful transport was undertaken by our specialist nuclear vessel the Oceanic Pintail in partnership with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
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 from Europe to the United States”.
The transport was in support of international non-proliferation goals which aim to consolidate and minimise inventories of nuclear material around the world.
This is a great example of INS using our experience in high-security nuclear shipments to play a key role in improving global security.