A whole range of equipment from lifeboats and rafts to fire hoses and hydrants, fridges and even duvets have been donated to six worthy organisations from the Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited (PNTL) vessel the Pacific Teal.

The Pacific Teal, an INF3 class vessel that is currently berthed at Barrow-in-Furness, is in the early stages of decommissioning and PNTL has donated pieces of kit from the vessel as part of this process.

Six organisations take receipt of equipment from the Pacific Teal.

The organisations that have benefited include Fleetwood Nautical College, the Salvation Army, Barrow Sea Cadets, the Vine Trust, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, Dalton-In-Furness and the Disabled Fly Fishing Association.

Steve York of International Nuclear Services, Sellafield Ltd, who organised the donation on behalf of PNTL said: “We are happy to be able to offer various pieces of equipment from the Pacific Teal to good causes which we hope will benefit the organisations.

“The Pacific Teal has been an excellent servant to the PNTL fleet giving 24 years loyal service and making a number of important journeys transporting a range of nuclear materials between Europe and Japan. It will be replaced by the Pacific Heron.”

Petty Officer Andrew Naylor of Barrow Sea Cadets attended the donation ceremony at Barrow. He said: “We are really grateful for the variety of equipment that we have received, including a lifeboat that will be used for training purposes and other essential day-to-day items such as washing machines and brushes.”

Joe Bottomley of Fleetwood Nautical College said: “Equipment such as life rafts, fire hydrants and mooring ropes are items that the College need when carrying out training courses, so we appreciate the continued support of PNTL.”