The decommissioning of Oceanic Pintail has “set the standard for others to follow” after 100% of the 3,865-tonne specialist nuclear vessel was recycled.
Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS), which operated Oceanic Pintail, set Dales Marine Services the challenge of ensuring 98% of the world-class cargo vessel was reused.
Applying a number of innovative techniques, the Scottish firm exceeded expectations, and recycled every part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority-owned (NDA) Oceanic Pintail, by:
- Separating different oils from water, and using the soil as furnace fuel
- Converting insulation into electrical energy
- Crushing concrete and tiles to create material used in the construction industry
Reusing 100% of a nuclear vessel is a UK first, and supports both the NDA group and Government’s carbon net-zero ambitions.
Peter Buchan, NTS’s Shipping Director, said:
While David Peattie, Group Chief Executive of the NDA, also praised the environmental success. He said:
Boasting a perfect safety record, the Japanese-constructed Oceanic Pintail first set sail 33 years ago.
Since its maiden voyage, Oceanic Pintail has served customers from across the world with bespoke solutions to all specialist nuclear transport challenges, until its final journey to Dales Marine’s Leith dock in November 2020.