This report is an update of the 1971 Report on the Nuclear Ship Study. A summary of the main results and conclusions of the 1971 report appears in Appendix I. The Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) presently being used in eight nuclear powered merchant ships was found to be the most suitable for marine applications. It was concluded that the high powered container ship constitutes the most promising applicaton for marine nuclear power. An assessment of the economics of nuclear versus conventional propulsion indicates a trend in favor of nuclear propulsion particularly for container ships. The problems of safety and operation of nuclear powered ships are considered and recommendations are made for further examinations. The capability of the United Kingdom to develop, design, and construct marine reactors and build nuclear merchant ships is analyzed. Cost estimates of various programs for nuclear merchant ship development are tabulated in the appendices.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Her Majesty Stationary Office

    49 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6HB,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Pagination: 99 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00152372
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Department of Industry, England
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM