Design of Ships for the Transport of Spent Nuclear Fuels

  • H. E. Spink


Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd. (PNTL) operates a small fleet of ships for the carriage of spent nuclear fuels.

Some details are presented - including aspects of the hull design, power plant, operation, safety and reliabiltiy - to provide an over-view of the vessel design.

The reference design cited is the ‘Pacific Pintail’ - the latest addition to the fleet.


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  1. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 1985 Edition, “Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials”Google Scholar
  2. Japan Ministry of Transport document, submitted to The International Maritime Organization, Maritime Safety Committee 14th Session, 1979, MSC XL/25/1, “Safety Requirements for Sea-going Ships Carrying Spent Nuclear Fuel Shipping Casks”.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. E. Spink
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering Design OfficeBritish Nuclear Fuels plcRisley, WarringtonUK

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