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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Nuclear Power News

LR to help China Design Shipborne Nuclear Power

Nuclear power plants can generate electricity continuously for many months at a time, without interruption. Courtesy World Nuclear Association

Lloyd’s Register announced a co-operative Framework Agreement with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu, to assist in the design and development of a safe and secure floating vessel containing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) – a first for China. Mark Bassett, Nuclear Director at Lloyd’s Register Energy, says: “NPIC recognises Lloyd’s Register’s unique combination of experience in nuclear, offshore and marine safety and regulation. The first contract under this Framework Agreement is to develop new nuclear safety regulations…

The Nuclear Option

In the eyes of some, the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was the event that would signal the end of nuclear power for electrical power generation and would end any hope of the world utilizing nuclear-powered commercial vessels other than the Russian barge carrier, SEVMORPUT and numerous Russian ice breakers. Contrary to the afore mentioned opinion, I believe that not only are selected-route nuclear powered commercial vessels good for the marine industry but they…

Iran Developing Nuclear Subs

FARS news agency informs RiaNovosi the Iranian fleet's deputy commander Vice-Admiral Abbas Zamini said the Islamic Republic is already taking the first steps toward creating nuclear-powered boats. "Right now we are at the initial stages of creating nuclear submarines," he said. Use of atomic energy for submarine propulsion is not in contravention of any international agreements, he noted. The United States and many European states suspect Iran of using its domestic civil nuclear program as a cover for a nuclear weapons development program, a charge Tehran denies, insisting the program is only for generating electricity. The Iranian Navy currently operates three Russian-built Project 877 (Kilo class) diesel-electric submarines and a few very small domestically-made boats.

A Case for Commercial Nuclear Power Vessels, Post the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Russian ice breakers. Contrary to the afore mentioned opinion, I believe that not only are selected-route nuclear powered commercial vessels good for the marine industry but they also offer the world the most environmentally friendly and potentially the most economical and efficient way of shipping trans-ocean cargo. Although the Fukushima Daiichi disaster was a disaster of major proportions, we must not forget that it was initiated by a much more deadly and destructive disaster; a tsunami caused by a magnitude 9.0 Richter scale underwater earthquake. The nuclear disaster that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi complex was not caused by inherent problems with the reactor…

Russia's Latest Nuclear Submarine on Sea Trials

Borey-class submarine: Photo Russian Navy

The Russia strategic nuclear-powered submarine 'Vladimir Monomakh' has left the Sevmash shipyard to start sea trials in the White Sea, reports the Barents Observer. Vladimir Monomakh is the third of a total of eight Borey-class nuclear-powered missile submarines that Russia plans to build by 2020. The submarine is 170 meters long, has a speed of 29 knots submerged, a crew of 107 and will be equipped with 16 Bulava missiles, which each can carry ten nuclear warheads. Source: Barents Observer

USCG Releases NPRM for Port Chicago Zone

The Coast Guard proposes to establish permanent security zones on the navigable waters of the Des Plaines River, the Kankakee River, the Rock River, and Lake Michigan in the Captain of the Port Zone Chicago. These security zones are necessary to protect the nuclear power plants, water intake cribs, and Navy Pier from possible sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents, or possible acts of terrorism. These zones are intended to restrict vessel traffic from portions of the Des Plaines River, Rock River, and Lake Michigan. Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before June 21, 2002. Pier; Dresden Nuclear Power Plant Water Intake; Donald C. Water Intake Crib; Dever Water Intake Crib; and 79th Street Water Filtration Plant. subversive acts.

Russian Navy 8-year Expansion Program

Russian Navy  Project 2-380 corvette: Photo credit Russian Navy

Russia will get 78 warships in total by the end of 2020 according to Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu. In the frame of the program Russian Navy will receive 8 strategic nuclear-powered submarines, 16 general purpose submarines and 54 surface warships of varied classes. The Russian Navy will receive 24 warships by 2016: 6 nuclear-powered submarines and 18 surface ships, and in addition the military will get 30 special operations and countersabotage boats. The projects and classes of warships were not specified.

Russian Floating Nuclear Plant: Reactors Loaded

Loading reactor: Photo credit Rosenergoatom

The two reactors for Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant, due to be stationed in the Arctic, have been installed, reports "Barents Observer', citing Russia's state nuclear power company Rosenergoatom. Each of the KLT-40S reactors that were recently lifted onboard “Akademik Lomonosov” at the Baltisky Zavod has a power output of 35 MWe. The reactors were assembled and tested at AtomEnergoProekt in Nizhniy Novgorod before being shipped to the yard outside St. Petersburg.

LR Energy Wins New Nuclear Deal in Middle East

Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Nuclear Vice-President, Mamdouh El-Shanawany,

Lloyd’s Register Energy together with Lightbridge Corporation has won a contract to support the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) internal inspection team to provide construction oversight and related technical services for a new generation of nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Lloyd’s Register Energy will be supporting FANR for several years on a series of work packages designed around project management, construction inspection and oversight services.

Northrop Grumman $323M Contract, CVN 79 Modifications

Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman Corporation

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received a $323.6m, cost plus incentive fee contract extension for continuation of work on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier CVN 79. The company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. is the prime contractor. Work performed under this contract includes the continuation of ship design activities, procurement of long-lead-time materials to support construction and advanced construction work on select parts of the ship. CVN 79 is the second ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class and has not yet been named.

Nuclear-powered Savannah to get Makeover

Savannah, an old nuclear-powered ship that spent time in Charleston Harbor as a tourist attraction, is getting a face lift for a possible new tour of duty, according to a report on www.charleston.net. Savannah was the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger vessel. It is set to be restored, possibly for its second stint as a floating museum, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration. Norfolk, Va.-based Colonna's Shipyard recently was awarded a $995,000 contract to renovate the 596-foot ship, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991, when it was still part of the naval museum at state-owned Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.

S.Korea Nuclear Operator says Cyberattacks Continue, Reactors Safe

The Shin Kori 3 nuclear power plant

South Korea's nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyberattacks on non-critical operations at the company's headquarters are continuing but the country's nuclear power plants are operating safely and are secure from attack. Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd has been intensifying its cyber security, President and CEO Cho Seok said. He gave no details of the continued cyberattacks or the company's response, citing security reasons. "We cannot let cyberattacks stop nuclear power operation," Cho told a news briefing.

This Day in U.S. Naval History – January 17

1832- USS Peacock makes contact with Vietnamese court officials 1900 - US (CDR Taussig in USS Bennington) takes formal possession of Wake Island 1955 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the first nuclear-powered submarine, casts off lines at 1100 and sends message "underway on nuclear power" (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: January 17

USS Nautilus (SSN-571), photo courtesy Idaho National Laboratory

Today in U.S. Naval History - January 17 1832- USS Peacock makes contact with Vietnamese court officials 1900 - U.S. (Cdr. Taussig in USS Bennington) takes formal possession of Wake Island 1955 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the first nuclear-powered submarine, casts off lines at 1100 and sends message "underway on nuclear power" For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

This Day in Naval History - Jan. 17

From the Navy News Service 1832 - The frigate USS Peacock makes contact with Vietnamese court officials. 1900 - Cmdr. Edward D. Taussig, commanding officer of the gunboat USS Bennington (PG 4), takes formal possession of Wake Island. 1954 - USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the first nuclear-powered submarine, is commissioned at Groton, Conn. After setting sail, it sends the message: "Underway on nuclear power."

MHI Endowing Courses in Nuclear Engineering at Hanoi University

A ceremony was held today at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), in Hanoi, Vietnam, to mark the commencement of the fifth year of courses endowed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). The courses are conducted at the university's School of Nuclear Engineering and Environmental Physics. The commemorative ceremony was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including: Prof. Dr. Ta Duc Thinh – Director of Science, Technology and Environment Department, Ministry of Education and Training; Mr. Pham Quang Trung - Deputy Director General of Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST); Mr. Michio Daito, Counselor at the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam; Professional Doctor Pham Hoang Luong - Vice-President of HUST; Dr.

Chinese Navy to Get 3 New Submarines

Chinese Navy Pic: The People's Liberation Army

China will soon be commissioning three new nuclear-powered attack submarines which will be the most advanced in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy to date. With the capability to fire supersonic anti-ship missiles, they will be China’s most advanced Type-093G attack submarines. China Central Television has aired satellite images showing the three submarines anchored at an unidentified port. The submarines are said to be an upgrade of the Type-093, which entered service several years ago and advancements include a longer teardrop hull and a vertical missile launching system.

World's Only Nuclear-Powered Container Ship for Scrapyard

Nuclear-powered Container Ship 'Sevmorput': Photo credit Wiki Ru. CCL

The world’s only nuclear-powered container ship, the Murmansk-based 'Sevmorput' is considered to have no commercial future. The vessel, which has been lying idle in the Atomflot base outside Murmansk for years, was on 31 July this year taken out of the Russian Ship Register . The unique ship will end up a scrap metal, experts in Murmansk confirm according to a recent Barents Observer news report. The Sevmorput, which in the 1990s experienced major problems in international shipping following port restrictions…

Keel Laid for Russia’s Next Generation Icebreaker

On the stocks A of the Baltic Shipbuilding Factory, which is part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, a ceremony of laying the first production of the atomic icebreaker Siberia project 22220.

The world’s biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker keel laying ceremony took place of at the Baltic Shipyard on 26 May 2015. Heads of Atomfflot, the Baltic Shipyard and the RS Branch Office for Nuclear Vessels signed a Keel Laying Acceptance Report of the first serial nuclear-powered icebreaker, project 22220. Bookmark nuclear-powered icebreaker "Sibir" was timed to the anniversary of the Baltic plant, which on May 26 turned 159 years . In the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin…

MHI Nuclear Engineering Training in Vietnam

On December 5, a ceremony was held at Electric Power University (EPU) in Hanoi, Vietnam, to mark the start of the fourth year Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is providing instruction in nuclear engineering at this educational institution. The ceremony was attended by numerous guests and dignitaries, including: Nguyen Cuong Lam, Vice President of Vietnam Electricity (EVN); representatives from Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Education and Training; and Mr. Michio Daito, Counselor at the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam. Representing EPU was President Dam Xuan Hiep, while MHI was represented by Masato Iida, General Manager of the Nuclear Energy Systems Division, Energy & Environment Domain.

Nuclear LDO Designator Established - USN

Alabama is one of eight ballistic-missile submarines stationed at the base, providing the survivable leg of the strategic deterrence triad for the United States. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Navy is aligning limited duty officers (LDO) who support the nuclear enterprise under the 640X designator into the 62XX nuclear power series, according to NAVADMIN 006/16 released Jan. This change aligns all submarine and nuclear enterprise LDOs' job functions, increases efficiencies in accessions, career management and the distribution of LDOs within the nuclear enterprise. These LDOs support the nuclear power enterprise, serving aboard aircraft carriers, submarines, submarine tenders and in various nuclear maintenance positions.

Tognum, Norinco Opens Engine, Genset Facility in China

Photo courtesy Tognum AG

Tognum, the specialist for propulsion and power solutions, and China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) have held a ceremony in the Chinese city of Datong to mark the opening of a joint undertaking involving the assembly of large, high-speed MTU diesel engines and emergency standby gensets. Datong is located around 300 kilometers west of Beijing in Shanxi Province. Tognum subsidiary MTU Asia Pte. Ltd. and the Norinco Group Company Shanxi Diesel Engine Industry Corporation (SDEIC) are jointventure partners. SDEIC has been manufacturing MTU engines under license since 1986.

Russia Building Floating Nuclear Power Plant

In a couple of years, a new kind of vessel will appear on the sea - the floating nuclear power plant (FNPP). The Academician Lomonosov, currently under construction in , is only one project of the several FNPP being developed. The formal keel laying ceremony took place in April 2007 at the Sevmash shipyard of the Russian State Centre for Nuclear Shipbuilding in . After about a year and a half, the state-owned corporation Rosatom revoked the general contract, handing it over to the Baltiysky Zavod (Baltic Plant) Shipyard in . So now the birthplace of the first floating nuclear power plant will be the Baltic Sea instead of the . The FNPP is expected to be ready by 2010. The FNPP will be a barge able to move with the help of a tugboat and transportation will be done without nuclear fuel.

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