Oceanic Pintail: Last journey for UK’s nuclear vessel : After 33 years of service to the nuclear industry, The UK’s longest serving nuclear vessel, Oceanic Pintail, is making its final journey to Scotland.
The 3,865-tonne cargo vessel set sail from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, for the final time last week & plans are set to be recycled by Leith firm Dales Marine Services.
Conducted by International Nuclear Services (INS), it has a history of safely carrying MOX – or mixed oxide fuel – and high level radioactive waste spanning the world & very recently, separate plutonium from Sweden to the US.
INS’s assurance to guarantee 98% of Pintail is recycled is portion of a major focus for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), that set a priority this year to recognise ways to reduce & map the industry’s carbon footprint.
Peter Buchan, Operations Director for INS stated: “Oceanic Pintail has served the nuclear industry and the UK with distinction. With a fantastic safety record since she first sailed in 1987, Pintail has been involved in some incredibly important projects, including being the first vessel to ship MOX fuel from Europe to Japan in 1999 and the recently completed Dounreay Exotics Consolidation Programme.
“It was crucial to us that the winning bidder was able to do so in safe and environmentally-friendly way. We set out rigorous standards, which had to be met, including a target that 98% of the vessel being recycled.”
Oceanic Pintail: Last journey for UK’s nuclear vessel