Murmansk Shipping Company Joins World Association of Nuclear Operators

The Murmansk Shipping Company has become the second company in the Murmansk Region (after the Kola Nuclear Power Plant) to enter the international non-governmental organisation World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

According to the company's press office, the decision to admit the shipping company was upheld by WANO's board of directors at a meeting in Atlanta despite the fact that the organisation only includes operators of nuclear power stations. The board stressed that the decision was due to the Murmansk Shipping Company's unique status as the only company in the world to employ a civilian nuclear fleet. Consequently, the company faces the same problems of developing and improving nuclear energy as nuclear power stations.

The Murmansk Shipping Company's press office revealed that membership of WANO is particularly useful for the company from the point of view of resolving questions related to overhauling the ships' nuclear reactors. The company will collaborate with WANO through the Moscow regional centre, which answers to the board of directors. The Murmansk sailors will be represented by Stanislav Golovinsky, the director of the company's department for operating the nuclear fleet.

WANO was founded in 1989 and became a kind of response from the world community to the Chernobyl disaster. The organisation aims to facilitate a general exchange of information and experience in order to increase safety at nuclear power stations. Thanks to its efforts, the latest developments in this sphere are made universally available.

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