This intervention was undertaken at BAE System Marine Limited’s (BAESML’s) Devonshire Dock Complex (DDC) nuclear licensed site at Barrow as part of a series of interventions being carried out as part of the Supply Chain Intervention plan to assess the adequacy of the Licensee’s supply chain management (SCM) arrangements. This intervention was carried out jointly by ONR and the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator (DNSR).
It is a requirement of Licence Condition (LC)/Authorisation Condition (AC) 17, ‘Management Systems’ that the Licensee / Authorisee makes and implements adequate quality management arrangements in all matters which may affect safety. A fundamental element of these arrangements is the Licensee’s / Authorisee’s SCM arrangements. These arrangements, which include control of procurement of items and services and contract management activities, are fundamental to ensuring that the Licensee / Authorisee applies appropriate levels of control, oversight and assurance throughout all organisations in its Supply Chain (SC).
An intervention agenda was agreed in advance with the Licensee / Authorisee and the intervention was carried out in accordance with this agenda. The intervention comprised of overview presentations by the Licensee / Authorisee on its SCM arrangements, inspection and review of selected SC activities – from establishing procurement strategy to the invitation to tender stage, and also an inspection visit to the goods receiving, inspection and storage arrangements deployed at the site.
The SCM arrangements were clear and being used by SCM personnel. The Licensee / Authorisee was being proactive in monitoring and improving the performance of its SCM arrangements. The Licensee / Authorisee gave adequate responses to the high level questions asked. A matter was raised relating to the position of the contracted experts who carry out the nuclear capability assessment of submitted tenders not being listed on the nuclear baseline. This matter was not of sufficient safety significance that it required me to raise an ONR issue, and we deemed the arrangements overall to be adequate.
From the evidence gathered during this intervention, no matters relating to Supply Chain management have been identified that are likely to have a significant impact on nuclear safety on the site at this time. Therefore, no further regulatory action arising from this visit is considered necessary.