Sweden orders nuclear waste vessel

29 Dec 2010
Artist impression of the Swedish spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste vessel

Artist impression of the Swedish spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste vessel

From 2013, a new vessel will take over the task currently performed by the SKB nuclear cargo vessel ‘Sigyn’ which has served the Swedish nuclear waste programme since the beginning of the 1980s.

The SKB (The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company) has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group of The Netherlands to build the vessel as a replacement of the 90m Sigyn.

The 95.5m long, 18.6m wide newbuilding will have a cruising speed of 12 knots and will be built to meet very high requirements in terms of both safety and the environment. For instance, it will have redundancy in its propulsion systems, with six smaller fuel efficient engines. It will also be fitted with a selective catalytic refining system for the best possible fuel economy and least possible environment impact.

“Bearing in mind the cargo that the ship will carry, our high demands on safety and environmental protection are self evident,” says SKB president Claes Thegerström, adding: “Following a prudent negotiating process, we have been able to sign a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group. Like its predecessor, the new ship will be unique in a number of ways. It is here that Damen have come up with a good concept of their own and listened carefully to the requirements we have put specified.”

SKB’s current ship the Sigyn will continue to transport spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste from Swedish nuclear power stations to SKB's facilities.

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