Since the inception of the UK government owned British nuclear fuel carrying ships the operation of these vessels were managed by James Fisher and Sons of Barrow. However, on November 11, 2011 it was announced that following a competitive tendering exercise James Fisher and Sons plc had lost the management contract for the International Nuclear Services fuel carriers operated by Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd and the Nuclear De-Commissioning Authority to Serco Marine Services. Serco assuming management of the ships for a four year period.
Following the announcement PACIFIC PINTAIL was renamed OCEANIC PINTAIL. Serco Marine Services taking full control of the operation from April 2012. In these photographs OCEANIC PINTAIL owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority can be seen undergoing refit at A&P Falmouth. The first three photographs above, taken from the M/V ATHENA as she arrived at Falmouth show the vessel early in the morning of June 05. As can be seen sheeting protects the freshly painted hull. However, by the time the rain had cleared and your web master had walked up to Pendennis Drive the sheeting had been removed revealing the freshly painted hull.