- Title: Ship carrying nuclear fuel leaves French port for Japan
- Date: 5th July 2017
- Summary: CHERBOURG-EN-COTENTIN, FRANCE (JULY 5, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BOAT CARRYING TWO CONSIGNMENTS OF MIXED OXIDE FUEL (MOX) DOCKED AT PORT VARIOUS OF STAFF UNDOCKING BOAT VARIOUS OF BOAT LEAVING DOCK FRENCH NAVY IN ZODIAC ESCORTING BOAT TO EXIT OF PORT
- Embargoed: 19th July 2017 18:08
- Keywords: boat Kansai nuclear Japan transport Cherbourg electricity environment France ship Areva
- Location: CHERBOURG-EN-COTENTIN, FRANCE
- City: CHERBOURG-EN-COTENTIN, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016OFZ9ZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:A boat carrying two consignments of mixed oxide fuel (MOX) sailed from the French port of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin for Japan on Wednesday (July 5) for the materials to be used by Japanese electricity company Kansai.
On Tuesday, environmental activists had gathered near the port to protest the shipment, saying it could harm the environment in the event of a possible shipwreck, or could even be hijacked and used for military purposes.
Both packages are four metres long and weigh 500 kilograms. They are protected by multiple layers of steel to shield workers from radioactivity.
Areva TN, a branch of Areva and global leader in nuclear transport, supervised the operation along with International Nuclear Services, a state-owned British company.
Several ships plan to travel close together on a route that will not be disclosed for security reasons, protected throughout the journey by a special unit of the British police onboard amongst other security measures.
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