Local groups benefit as Pacific Teal dismantled

Equipment is donated to worthy causes

A range of equipment – from lifeboats and rafts to fire hoses and hydrants, fridges and even duvets – have been donated to six worthy organisations from the Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited (PNTL) vessel, the Pacific Teal.

The Pacific Teal, an INF3 class vessel that is currently berthed at Barrow-in-Furness, is in the early stages of decommissioning and PNTL has donated pieces of kit from the vessel as part of this process.

The organisations that have benefited include Fleetwood Nautical College, the Salvation Army, Barrow Sea Cadets, the Vine Trust, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, Dalton-In-Furness, and the Disabled Fly Fishing Association.

Steve York of Sellafield Ltd, who organised the donation on behalf of PNTL, said: “We are happy to be able to offer various pieces of equipment from the Pacific Teal to good causes which we hope will benefit the organisations.

“The Pacific Teal has been an excellent servant to the PNTL fleet and made a number of important journeys transporting a range of nuclear materials between Europe and Japan. It will be replaced by the Pacific Heron.”

The launch of the Pacific Heron, a new INF 3 class vessel, took place in Japan in May. Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co Ltd is completing the ship at Tamano shipyard.

The launch – by sliding the vessel, stern first, down the slipway – took place in front of a number of senior European and Japanese industry representatives.

The Pacific Heron was then towed to an outfitting berth where work will be completed. She is due in her home port of Barrow-in-Furness around the end of the year.

The Pacific Heron is a development of the design of the current PNTL ships, which provide a safe and reliable service. The cargo compartments are protected by a double hull configuration together with back-up availability of all essential systems.