M/S Sigyn – The Radiaoactive and Nuclear Waste Carrier

Put into operation three decades ago, the M/S Sigyn offshore vessel is a one-of-its-kind nuclear waste carrier. Christened for the Scandinavian deity Sigyn, who is known to have protected Loki from poison and toxins, the name of the radioactive waste carrier ship rightly reflects its nature of operations.

Owned by the Swedish maritime conglomerate SKB (Svensk Karnbranslehantering), the nuclear waste carrier transports exhausted atomic fuels from the atomic energy plants to treatment plants in the province of Oskarshamn.


Categorically designed to suit the needs of the Swedish atomic energy concerns, Sigyn ship was built at a French shipbuilding yard located in the province of Le Havre. Since its inception and incorporation as a part of the SKB fleet thirty-years ago, the nuclear waste carrier has more than justified its contribution in the currently prevailing precarious maritime scenarios.

Nuclear Waste Ship: Technicalities and Specifications

  • The vessel measures over 90 metres lengthwise with a breadth of almost 19 metres
  • With a DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage) of almost 2,050 tonnes, the M/S Sigyn has a GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) of over 4,150 tonnes
  • The vessel can attain speeds up to over 10 knots with a draft of around four metres
  • Sigyn is equipped with state-of-the-art gadgetries and instrumentations and is managed by a 12-member crewing entourage

Nuclear Waste Carrier: Key Features and Characteristics

One of the primary features of the special vessel is its load carrying capacitance. The construction of the radioactive waste carrier allows for a load carrying capacitance of about one thousand four hundred tonnes, by way of barrels to ferry the exhausted atomic fuel.


Alternatively, the vessel can also effectively transport exhaust fuel materials of a comparatively lesser saturation by way of standardised containers, packed within its freight decks.

  • The lading and unloading aspect of the atomic fuel exhausts to and from the vessel, is easily enabled on account of the application of RO/RO (Roll-On/Roll-Off) methodology.
  •  The barrels that carry the exhaust fuel matter are specially built so as to suit the operational purposes without any unnecessary operational mishaps blighting the nuclear waste carrier’s viability.
  •  The vessel’s operation is under the Furetank Shipping Company’s management that has overseen its myriad operations over the course of its highly extensive operational existence.

Though the nuclear waste ship still remains an integral part of the Swedish company’s operations, the company has commissioned another nuclear waste carrier, christened Sigrid – after a Scandinavian wartime champion – to take over from Sigyn’s operational functionality  Expected to be put into operation in 2013, Sigrid is anticipated to supersede Sigyn’s high levels of operational work-ability whilst reinforcing the Swedish conglomerate’s uninterrupted activities pertaining to atomic fuels.


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