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Planned intervention at the Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited Licensed Site

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This purpose of this intervention, undertaken at the Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited (DRDL) site, was to evaluate the licensee’s compliance with Licence Condition (LC) 36: Organisational Capability.  This was a follow-up inspection, from one carried out in July 2015.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

ONR undertook an inspection on the DRDL licensed site to evaluate the extent to which the licensee complies with the requirements of LC36.  The inspection was targeted on the revised arrangements for deriving and managing the nuclear baseline, along with the implementation of these arrangements in a pilot area.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

DRDL’s compliance with LC36 within the pilot area is in an improved position since the last inspection carried out in July 2015.  Key improvements include:

DRDL’s organisational capability team has undertaken a lot of work in a short time-frame to make these improvements.  Notwithstanding this, a number of shortfalls have been identified and ONR judges DRDL’s compliance with LC36 to be below standard.  ONR’s inspectors found it encouraging that DRDL were aware of the shortfalls and are planning to address them during 2016.  The shortfalls are as follows:

This judgement applies only to the arrangements and their implementation in the pilot area.  DRDL have committed to implementing the revised arrangements across the whole organisation by September 2016 when a further ONR inspection of DRDL’s compliance with LC36 is planned.

Conclusion of Intervention

ONR’s inspectors concluded that improvements have been made since the last inspection and that DRDL understand what is required to address the shortfalls.  A letter will be sent to DRDL explaining ONR’s expectations and ONR will follow this up through routine engagement with DRDL, prior to a further inspection scheduled for late 2016.