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BAE Systems Marine Limited (BAESML) - Devonshire Dock Complex - Planned Intervention

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This intervention was one of a series of planned interventions for the BAE Systems Marine Limited (BAESML’s) licensed nuclear site at Barrow during 2017/18.  I undertook a planned inspection of LC 7 “Incidents on the site” and LC 17 “Management Systems”.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The purpose of Licence Condition 7 (LC7) is to ensure that incidents on the Nuclear Licensed site are notified, recorded, investigated and reported by the licensee.  ONR anticipates that only incidents with the potential to have an adverse effect on safety are notified to ONR.

The purpose of LC 17 inspection “Management Systems” is to ensure that all the Nuclear licensee’s management systems give due priority to safety so that any actions or decisions taken do not have an adverse effect on safety. It also requires the licensee to apply quality management principles to all activities that may affect safety. This includes those associated with the procurement, design, construction, manufacture, commissioning, operation and decommissioning of the installations on the site including the preparation and review of safety documentation.

My inspection, which involved discussions with BAESML staff and examination of the extant arrangements and records focussed on the procedures which demonstrated compliance with the respective Licence Conditions.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

I consider that BAESML’s arrangements for compliance with LC 7 have not been effectively implemented on the Barrow site due to the fact that an improvement programme, to address previous inspections findings, is not yet completed. The focus of this inspection was to inspect areas not part of the scope of the improvement programme. The inspection identified areas for improvement in the management of corrective & containment actions, therefore the extant regulatory issue has been modified to ensure the Licensee addresses the revised issue.

I consider that BAESML’s arrangements for compliance with LC 17 have not been effectively implemented on the Barrow site due to the fact that an improvement programme, to address previous inspections findings, is not yet completed. The focus of this inspection was to inspect the LC and determine if there were any areas for improvement not identified in the extant improvement programme, therefore the extant regulatory issue has been modified to reflect the completed work and define the remaining work which the Licensee has committed to deliver.

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall I judged that the implementation of the site’s arrangements for LC7 and LC17 requires further improvements. The Licensee was informed of some areas for improvement under LC 7 and to maintain focus on the delivery of the improvement programmes for both LC7 & 17. ONR will monitor progress with the matters raised during the inspection.