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Dangexpress: Our subsidiary for the transport of radioactive materials

Capelle Company has been involved in the transportation of hazardous materials for several decades.

Transport of dangerous goods: Expertise cultivated since 1982

Capelle has been involved in the transport of dangerous goods for several decades now. To better meet our clients’ needs, we wanted to grow our business in the transport of radioactive substances, so in 2017 we acquired the company Dangexpress (originally founded in 1982). Since 1 January 2018, that company has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Capelle Group. 

Transport for nuclear power stations in France

Dangexpress provides conventional transport (for non-dangerous goods) for France’s different nuclear power stations. All its drivers have year-round access to those sites. Our extendable container flatbeds are perfectly suited to transporting and moving goods at nuclear plants. 

Dangexpress also has computerised tools that can geolocate any vehicle in real time and send transport documentation at the end of an assignment. This complete tracking and traceability, from A to Z, gives clients complete peace of mind.

Transport of radioactive materials: Requirements

The transport of dangerous goods is governed by the ADR (the European reference for the international carriage of dangerous goods by road, introduced into French law by decree dated 29 May 2009). The ADR contains the conditions that need to be meet across the EU. Dangexpress does everything in its power to satisfy all the requirements and regulations relating to the transport of dangerous goods:

  • Dedicated vehicles used for the transport of radioactive materials are fully compliant with the ADR and are fitted with iron floors and ISO corner castings that can anchor any type of container.  

  • Trained drivers are trained on the specifics of the ADR (Basic and Class 7 – Radioactive). Most of them have a specialisation in tankers and Level 1 radiation protection certification covering research centres, fuel cycles and nuclear reactors.  

  • Company certifications: Dangexpress is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. 
    We also have QUALIANOR certification for corporate radiation protection, which guarantees the establishment of effective radiation protection that complies with current regulations. All our exposed staff have Category B certification.  

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How do we transport nuclear waste? Avec quels matériels ? What equipment do we use?

Contaminated equipment, waste, combustible materials, sources and more: dangerous goods can come in many different forms. Dangexpress can transport anything from small 1 kg packages to several tonnes. The company has the following vehicles to handle these different types of packages: 

  • Flatbeds with iron floors fitted with twist locks 

  • Covered open box trailers fitted with Halfen rails for special anchoring

  • Skeletal trailers

  • 26 tonne carriers with lift gates

  • Light vehicles

  • Utility vehicles.

Updates to our equipment to reduce our carbon footprint:

●    In respect of our tractors, the company invests in new vehicles every five years. The replacements all meet Euro 6 standards (the highest level of reduction of CO2 emissions).

●    In respect of our trailers, the PIIC (Capelle Industrial and Innovation Hub) is revamping them with the aim of extending their lifespan by an extra 10 years. 

For hire: Containers for the transport of radioactive materials

Dangexpress owns Type A and IP2 packaging that is used solely for the transport of radioactive materials: 

●    10’ dry containers
●    10’ open top containers 
●    20’ dry containers
●    20’ open top containers 
●    20’ half height open top containers 
●    40’ open top containers. 

All these containers are available to hire for a specific transport operation or a longer period of time. 

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Maintenance on radioactive packaging

Dangexpress can perform corrective maintenance on radioactive packaging (replacement of seals, roof fasteners, etc.) at two facilities that are dedicated to industrial maintenance.

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Logistics and storage for projects atnuclear facilities

Dangexpress offers a turnkey service that provides you with support and guidance for logistics and storage projects involving cargo that will be delivered to nuclear power stations. 
We can give you access to qualified personnel with appropriate handling equipment. 
We are also able to manage your inventory before and after production, directly at your suppliers’ sites. To do that, we use warehouse management software to trace, optimise and bill each storage operation. 

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Qualified personnel for nuclear facility transport activities

Dangexpress employs an administrative and sales team based at Capelle Group’s head offices in Vézénobres.

The company relies on the following internal Group know-how and expertise: 

  • ●    2 radiation protection advisors 

  • ●    2 transport safety advisors

  • ●    1 research department : to design and produce anchoring and bracing plans 

  • ●    1 authorisations department  to obtain the required advance authorisations based on the characteristics of the vehicle, its load and the route it will take

  • ●    1 training subsidiary (Euro Team) : to provide training for heavy goods vehicle licences, compulsory initial training & continuing education for HGV drivers, eco-driving and cargo anchoring.

Yournuclear facilitytransport requests

Dangexpress operates on the basis of either a framework agreement or one-off assignments involving the transport of conventional (non-dangerous) goods or radioactive materials to or from a nuclear power station. 

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