NTS represented the UK at a prestigious international conference in Vienna.
The Review Conference for the Amended Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (ACPPNM) was held by the IAEA and attended by specialists from across the world.
The ACPPNM is the only legally binding international treaty concerning how civil nuclear materials should be protected in domestic use and storage, and during transport.
NTS was asked by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to represent the UK, underling our importance in the nuclear sector and as world leaders in providing safe, secure and reliable nuclear transport solutions that make the world safer and more sustainable.
Alex Barrow, Matt Fox and Lauren Gorge all attended to represent NTS and share their collective knowledge, experience and expertise with the conference.
NTS planned and co-hosted several events during the week. In their first event Alex and Matt were joined by representatives from the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, where they discussed the global status of nuclear material transport security arrangements.
Another event featured NTS and our partners at the National Nuclear Laboratory co-hosting on attracting and retaining the next generation of nuclear security professionals. Opened by UK ambassador to the IAEA Corinne Kitsell, the panel featured early career nuclear security professionals from across the UK sector, including Lauren Gorge. Lauren spoke about her pathway into nuclear security and NTS as a former apprentice, and the lessons she learned along the way.
At the physical protection topical session, Alex spoke about NTS’s exemplary approach to transport security and physical protection of nuclear material. He delivered a presentation on behalf of the UK regarding our regulatory framework and operational requirements to protect nuclear materials during international transport, and outlined how NTS’ capabilities and focus on safety, security and reliability demonstrate the UK’s world-leading implementation of its obligations.
All events received a fantastic reception from the delegates and generated several questions from other national delegations about the UK’s approach to nuclear transport security.