Source Containers and Transport Services

Nordion owns a large fleet of containers that are suitable for the transport of radiation sources. These containers are fully approved, serviced and available for rental to organizations that wish to transport Class 7 radioactive material, subject to approval of the organization/application. Additionally, Nordion has all the arrangements in place to provide a reliable logistics service within this highly regulated environment.

Transport Containers for Rental

Nordion has an extensive range of transport containers that are Type B(U) approved for the transport of Cobalt-60 sources. The containers are used extensively for the transport of high volumes of standard ‘wet storage’ Cobalt-60 sources. Containers are also available for the transport of physically larger sources or non-Special Form material. The container design approvals are issued by the Canadian Competent Authority and, where required, these have been are revalidated by the authorities in other countries. Rental enquiries should be made through Nordion’s UK division with full details of the required rental, including length of rental, proposed use and country of use.

Shipping and Logistics Service

Nordion has shipped multi-MCi of Cobalt-60 and other isotopes around the world using road, sea and air freight. Over the years, the company has developed its logistics expertise and the necessary relationships with many of the specialist transport companies that have arrangements in place to enable them to carry Class 7 radioactive material. Additionally, Nordion has its own fleet of 20’ flatracks that are available for road and sea transport and utilize container specific tie-downs.

Licensing and Regulatory Compliance

Shipment of Class 7 radioactive material must be made in accordance with the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material and is subject to international transport regulations including ADR, IMDG and IATA. Additionally, many regulators also impose their own country specific requirements and may require, for example: special import and export requirements; transport licenses and transit permits; notification of movements and approval of routes; escort of vehicles, approval of drivers and additional insurance. Nordion UK has built up trust with the national and international authorities that control Class 7 shipments and is experienced in dealing with their individual requirements.