Transport of plutonium containing material
In December 2021 Orano NCS GmbH was able to execute successfully an SK III (FS) transport of two containers with plutonium-containing material from the IAEA laboratory in Seibersdorf/Austria via Germany to the port of Antwerp in Belgium by truck.
The project started with processing of our customer’s inquiries and examination of different transport possibilities with long-standing partners of Orano NCS GmbH.
During the internal pre-planning of the transport, the most reasonable solution for the customer could be worked out and processed in a detailed transport offer.
Parallel to this process, under the leadership of Orano NCS GmbH, German recognition for the 9975 type B(M)F container was applied at the Federal Office for Nuclear Waste Disposal Safety (BASE).
Recognition of the packaging in Germany was obtained in September 2021 as the basis for applying the transport permit in Germany.
The application for transport permits for transit countries as Austria, Germany and Belgium was successfully managed by Orano NCS GmbH.
Due to the classification of the material as SK III (FS), the special regulations for the physical protection of the material had to be observed and their implementation had to be organized by the police and the carrier.
For Germany, the physical protection of the material was ensured by Orano NCS GmbH personnel and the company’s own escort vehicles, among others.
Subsequently, under the guidance of Orano NCS GmbH personnel, the accompanying documents could be completed and the transport could start its way via Germany and Belgium to the port of Antwerp.
In Antwerp the container was loaded onto an ocean-going vessel and transported to USA.
The transport including all escorts as well as the application for the container recognition and the transport permit could be carried out to the complete satisfaction of the customer.