The UK Department for Transport, through the Maritime & Coastguard Authority (MCA), has set November 22 as the deadline for enacting the Merchant Shipping (Nuclear Vessels) Regulations.
As shipping searches for future carbon-free fuels, there is growing interest in the use of atomic energy and the MCA consultation in 2021 concluded that there is an appetite for nuclear ships over the next 10 years.
In addition, according to Core Power, the settlement will transpose Chapter VIII of the Annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (“SOLAS”) as well as the Safety Code for Nuclear Vessels into legislation. British.
This is an important step in the regulatory evolution of New Nuclear in the Maritimes
said Mikal Boe, founder and CEO of Core Power.
Recently, the United States has also been exploring towards nuclear energy. Specifically, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded ABS a contract to research barriers to the adoption of advanced nuclear propulsion on commercial vessels.
The $800,000 research project – awarded by the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy last year and officially contracted under its US Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development funding opportunity – will address challenges related adoption of new reactor technology in commercial marine applications.
ABS will develop models of different advanced reactor technologies for maritime applications and develop industry advice on the commercial use of modern nuclear power