Dales Marine secures decommissioning of MV Oceanic Pintail

November 2020

Dales Marine Services Ltd (Dales Marine), an EU List approved supplier of vessel decommissioning, based in Scotland announces that it will shortly be decommissioning of MV Oceanic Pintail at its dry dock facilities.

MV Oceanic Pintail, a world-class nuclear cargo vessel, operated by International Nuclear Services (INS), was launched in 1987 and has served the UK nuclear industry for the last 33 years.

Peter Buchan, Operations Director for INS, said: "It was crucial to us that the winning bidder was able to do so in a safe and environmentally-friendly way. We set out rigorous standards, which had to be met, including a target that 98% of the vessel being recycled."

Dales Marine Services received notice that they had won the bid process in October. Michael Milne, Dales Marine Managing Director, said: "Dales has been providing decommissioning services for several years and after my trip to see the vessel, I knew that our expertise and decommissioning capabilities were the ideal fit for this work.”

Peter Buchan, Operations Director for INS, said “I am delighted Pintail will remain in the UK, as Scottish firm Dales Marine Services was the successful applicant. Everyone who has sailed on Pintail will miss her.”

The vessel arrived in Dales Marine’s dry dock facilities earlier this month, after a 1000nw tow, and Dales will be commencing with the decommissioning operation in due course.

Managing Director for Dales Marine, Michael Milne, is pleased to have secured this new project for the business when they heard the news said: "It was fantastic news and a real privilege for Dales to have been awarded the contract for such an Iconic vessel and I am pleased that the team has secured more decommissioning work for the Leith facility."

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