Japan to Receive First Nuclear MOX Shipment Since Fukushima Disaster

PARIS, April 18 (Reuters) - A shipment of highly radioactive nuclear fuel to Japan left the port of Cherbourg in northern France on Wednesday for the first time since the Fukushima disaster, French energy group Areva said on Thursday. The shipment of mixed oxide fuel (MOX) is likely to be controversial in Japan, where public opposition to nuclear power and reactor restarts … [Read more...]

UK Welcomes New Nuclear Fuel Transport Ship

International Nuclear Services (INS), has today welcomed its newest vessel, Pacific Grebe, to its home port of Barrow-in-Furness. Pacific Grebe is owned by INS's subsidiary, Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL). It is the last of three new UK-flagged vessels ordered by PNTL to fulfil its commitments to transport nuclear fuel and nuclear waste from Europe to Japan over the … [Read more...]

Magnetic Repair Patch Saves Nuclear Fuel Ship

A magnetic patch made by Miko Marine AS of Norway has been used to seal a leak in the hull of the nuclear waste freighter Puma. The Danish-flagged ship was in danger of sinking on Saturday evening (18th December) when it experienced a leak in its engine room while sailing south along the coast of Norway following its delivery of 333 tons of spent nuclear fuel to … [Read more...]

The World’s First Nuclear Merchant Ship – NS Savannah

The United States' first and only nuclear-powered merchant vessel was designed in hopes of finding peaceful uses for nuclear energy as part of President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace program in the 1950s. The ship was launched on 21 July 1959 at a cost of $46.9 million, which included a $28.3 million nuclear reactor and fuel core. At 596-feet-long she was the pride of the … [Read more...]

gCaptain Quiz – Unusual Cargo

What is it?? A free gCaptain t-shirt goes out to the first person who can correctly identify this cargo. UPDATE: We have a winner. Charlie of Sea Wolf Engineering correctly identified the cargo as nuclear fuel casks. The owner of the ship, Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd tells us: The special packages in which PNTL transports nuclear material are called … [Read more...]