Following the successful launch of the Pacific Heron as part of the Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited (PNTL) fleet, on the 10 May 2007, International Nuclear Services (INS) announced on the 23 July 2007, the order of two further INF3 class purpose built ships for transporting radioactive materials. INS is now pleased to announce that the keel laying ceremony for the blessing of the construction of the first of the new vessels has taken place at Tamano shipyard, Japan.

Keel Laying is a historical ceremony, to signify the start of construction of a ship, when the first piece of the vessel is placed on the slipway.

David Landon, Technical Director of INS, said: “This is a significant milestone in the construction programme of the new vessel and demonstrates good progress to date”.

Keel Laying for the second vessel is due to take place later this year, with delivery of the two new vessels planned for 2010/11.