Nuclear Power for Tanker Propulsion – A 'Work in Progress'

By George Backwell at November 29, 2010 02:55
Filed Under: General
"We believe that as society recognises the limited choices available in the low carbon, oil scarce economy...  we will see nuclear ships on specific trade routes sooner than many currently anticipate." This prediction came from CEO Richard Sadler of British classification society Lloyd's Register as he announced membership of a new 'think tank' on 15, November 2010. Lloyd's Strategic Research Group has joined hands with a research consortium that aims to produce a practical concept design tanker fuelled by a 70 MW nuclear reactor, setting itself a two-year time-frame for the project. Other members are US-based Hyperion Power Generation, who are expert in small modular nuclear reactor technology; innovative British ship design group BMT; and Greek shipping conglomerate, Enterprises Shipping and Trading S.A. The consortium chose a tanker design for its initial project as nuclear power appears suited best for large deadweight vessels that are at sea for much of their time, but whethe... [More]

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