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Series of planned interventions at Rosyth Royal Dockyard Limited (RRDL)

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This inspection undertaken at the Rosyth Royal Dockyard Limited (RRDL) licensed site at Rosyth and is one of a series of planned interventions in accordance with the Propulsion IIS Strategy and Plan for 2016/17.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention consisted of an assessment of the readiness to commence initial dismantling activities as part of the Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP). The assessment was undertaken by conducting an inspection of the licensee’s compliance with Licence Condition 19 (Construction or Installation of New Plant), LC20 (Modification to Design of Plant Under Construction), LC21 (Commissioning) and LC22 (Modification or Experiment on Existing Plant), focusing on implementation of the arrangements related to SDP.

The LC19, 20, 21 and 22 compliance inspections were undertaken by the ONR Site Inspector, and involved examination of relevant licensee documentation, targeted discussions with relevant members of the licensee’s staff and inspection of the Active Waste Accumulation Facility and Dock Number 2. The inspection was a joint intervention with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) site inspector.

Additional to the Licence Condition compliance inspections, I undertook a routine update of issues that had been raised at previous site inspections.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

The compliance arrangements for LC19, 20, 21 and 22 were found on inspection to comply with legal duties and relevant good practice was generally met. No shortfalls were identified and a number of examples of good practice were identified. On this basis I have rated the inspection as adequate for each of these Licence Conditions. I judged that rigorous controls have been implemented for new structures, plant and equipment installed and commissioned for SDP and in my opinion, there is an adequately systematic internal Hold Point control process in place to allow work to commence at different stages of SDP Phase 1 dismantling.

I undertook physical inspections at a number of locations at the site in support of the LC compliance inspections. In my opinion, standards of housekeeping were good and the licensee was demonstrably in control of the operations being undertaken on the site. No issues were raised from these inspections.

The level 4 meeting reviewed progress against the existing issues on the ONR Issues database. On the basis of these discussions and evidence provided I am satisfied that adequate progress is being made on these issues.

Conclusion of Intervention

On the basis of the information provided and evidence obtained during this intervention, I concluded that the licensee has effective arrangements under Licence Condition 19 (Construction or Installation of New Plant), LC20 (Modification to Design of Plant Under Construction), LC21 (Commissioning) and LC22 (Modification or Experiment on Existing Plant. There are no regulatory issues to address before site releases their own internal Hold Points for commencement of SDP operations.