Office for Nuclear Regulation

Sellafield - Intervention to support the permissioning of the shipment of transport package GB/2816G

Executive summary

ONR inspected National Nuclear Laboratories (NNL) and Sellafield Ltd (SL) arrangements at Sellafield site, in relation to the safe transport of radioactive material. International Nuclear Services Limited (INS) was also represented during the intervention.  INS and Sellafield are delivering the NDA project (mission) and INS is carrying out transport support activities and acting as Carrier for the sea leg of the journey on behalf of Sellafield as the Consignor.

The purpose of the inspection was to support the current permissioning work being undertaken by ONR in licensing the Shipment of SAFKEG GB/2816G  transport packages, used to ship radioactive material from Sellafield to France. The shipments are to two locations in France.  Subsequent movements will occur between the French locations.  This intervention forms part of a programme of work being undertaken by ONR to gain assurance that the planned movement of material will be complaint with National and International requirements.

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to:

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection reviewed NNL and SL arrangements to meet the requirements of ‘The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (CDG) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

The intervention focused on the packing, loading and consignment of the SAFKEG GB/2816G transport package.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

The findings were shared and accepted by NNL, INS and SL.

The following points were made in the debrief meeting immediately following the inspection:

Conclusion of Intervention

This inspection identified no issues that would prevent granting a GB Competent Authority Certificate of Approval for Shipment for the SAFKEG design GB/2816G.  The Certificate will include the requirement to ensure all Consignee Conditions for Acceptance are met.

There is a risk that due to the amount of preparation to be completed and the required timescales, the contents or operations do not meet the requirements of the Consignee or Package Design Safety Report.