Transport by sea

Safe transport by sea

The Swedish nuclear power plants lie on the coast and have their own harbours. SKB’s own ship, M/S Sigrid, transports their waste to our facilities at Oskarshamn and Forsmark.

In Sweden virtually all radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel is transported by sea. SKB’s own ship, M/S Sigrid, collects the waste from the nuclear power plants and takes it to our facilities at Oskarshamn and Forsmark. A small amount of low and medium active waste is also transported from the research plant at Studsvik.

M/S Sigrid

Sigrid has been designed specifically for transporting radioactive materials. The vessel was built between 2011–2013 in Galati in Romania by Damen and has the International Maritime Organisation’s highest classification level, INF 3, for vessels used to transport radioactive material.

Sigrid is equipped with extra communication equipment and has numerous internal and external functions to enhance safety. For instance many vital systems are doubled and separated to attain a high degree of operational reliability and flexibility. If one important system fails during a voyage, as a result of a mechanical breakdown or an accident, for example, a reserve system can take over.

Sigrid is loaded and unloaded using the ro-ro method, which means that terminal vehicles can drive into the hold through a stern ramp to load and unload transport containers.

Sigrid is owned by SKB but operated and crewed by Furetank Rederi AB.

Last review: February 4, 2021