The industries of three countries, namely Japan, the UK and France, have held discussions on MOX fuel shipments from Europe to Japan in close consultation with their respective governments. In this connection, we have decided to make an announcement on the next shipment as follows:

1.The country where the departing port is located will be announced some days prior to the departure from Europe*.

2.The departure date from Europe, the maritime route, the approximate timing of arrival in Japan, the departing port, the names of the vessels and the cargo will be communicated one day after the departure date from Europe.

This statement is being released simultaneously in Japan, France and the UK by utility companies, AREVA/NC and INS respectively.

*The departure date from Europe means the day when two vessels leave the French or UK territories and start a voyage for Japan in convoy.

For more information contact:

Sellafield Communications

Steve Barnes
+44 (0)1925 833249

Ali McKibbin
+44 (0) 19467 85839

Ben Todd
+44 (0) 1925 834431

About PNTL

Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited’s ships are dedicated to the transportation of nuclear material that is classified by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of the United Nations at its highest level of INF 3 class. The INF Code regulates shipments by sea of packaged irradiated nuclear fuel, plutonium and high level radioactive wastes.

PNTL has successfully completed over 170 shipments in the last 30 years. In each case, the nuclear material is shipped in specially designed packages known as ‘casks’ or ‘flasks’. The ships have safely covered more than 5 million miles and there has never been a single incident resulting in the release of radioactivity. Over 2,000 casks of nuclear material have been safely transported by PNTL.

PNTL operates as a subsidiary company of International Nuclear Services Ltd. PNTL is owned by International Nuclear Services Ltd, TN International and a number of Japanese companies.

About International Nuclear Services Ltd

International Nuclear Services Ltd manages the contracts and logistics for nuclear fuel recycling products and services for UK and overseas customers. It is 100 per cent owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

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