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The hull of SKB’s new ship for transporting used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste has been launched. Once outfitted, the vessel is set to enter service in 2013 via The World Nuclear News

The board of management of Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB) – the company responsible for storing Swedish nuclear waste – decided in December 2010 to build a new purpose-built ship as a replacement of the M/S Sigyn. That ship has been in service since 1982, transporting used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste from Swedish nuclear power plants to storage facilities near Oskarshamn and Forsmark.

Designed by Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, the new ship – named the M/S Sigrid - was built at the company’s shipyard in Galati, Romania and its hull was launched four days ago.

SKB operations manager Bo Sundman: “Today’s launch is an important milestone in the project. Two years ago, this ship only existed as a drawing. Now it’s a reality. It is a result of good skills and good project management.”

Sigrid is equipped with a double hull, four engines and redundant systems for safety and security. It is designed to be more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than its predecessor.

Jenny Holmstrom, SKB’s project manager for the construction of vessels, noted that much work still needs to be completed before the Sigrid can enter service. “Among other things, the installation of all equipment is to be completed and put into operation, and staff spaces on board will be completed,” she said. The ship will include accommodation for 21 people and will feature a sauna, gym and library for use by the crew.

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  1. yukimiyamotodepaul says

    ….and how will M/S Sigyn be disposed?



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