Barrow’s Dirty Linen

June 17, 2008 at 20:11 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nuclear Waste Ships

Tucked round the corner of the far end of Barrow Island in Ramsden Dock, away from the casual glances of passers-by, the ships of PNTL (Pacific Nuclear Transport Limited) come and go with their sinister cargoes. This is where spent nuclear fuel is brought in for shipment to Sellafield for reprocessing, and where the reprocessed fuel comes to be shipped out again. Here are the European Shearwater with the larger Pacific Pintail tucked behind. The fuel being shipped includes plutonium dioxide, and I’d imagine that if anything goes horribly wrong, that’s Barrow off the maps for a few generations.

It’s not that you can’t get close enough for a quick peek, it’s just that there isn’t much to suggest that beyond the built-up parft of Barrow Island there’s a pleasant semi-rural area with nothing more than brambles to bar ones way. Although I don’t doubt that it’s a lot harder to get on the dock itself.


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  1. The image is deceptively gorgeous, the contents of the inmage though ooh murky?
    The isle of Man is known in certain hospitals in the UK as “Cancer Isle” due to it’s location opposite sellafield.

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