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Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 09:14 GMT 10:14 UK
Cumbrian base for nuclear cargo ship
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BNFL said the move will boost the local economy
British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) is planning to base a nuclear cargo ship at the Port of Workington.

The Atlantic Osprey, which is due to arrive on Tuesday, will be used to transport shipments of mixed oxide (Mox) nuclear fuel for the company's customers in Germany and Switzerland.

The Port of Workington has handled nuclear shipments since 1980, but the last time such an operation took place there was 1999.

BNFL said its decision will provide extra income for the county council-run port and help support jobs there.

'Positive move'

The company said it will be able to use the facility more frequently and make its transport needs more flexible.

Cumbria County Council has welcomed the move and said the nuclear industry continued to make a contribution to the west Cumbrian economy.

The council said it was also happy with BNFL's security procedures which would be needed when shipments are made.

Mark Fryer, leader of Allerdale Council, described it as a positive move for the town.


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