Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Reaction at link to nuke load

In the Newcastle Herald today (page 3)...
18/03/2009 1:00:00 AM
A SHIP on its way to pick up nuclear waste in Wollongong stopped at Newcastle Port for seven days to load tanks, the port has confirmed.

Questions have been asked about the role of the tanks, fitted in Newcastle, in carrying the nuclear waste.

Newcastle councillor Michael Osborne said Newcastle had been declared a nuclear-free city and he would be concerned if it had helped a ship transport nuclear waste.

"It's worth questioning the port corporation; they should know what is coming into the port and if they don't, that's a problem," he said.

Newcastle Port Corporation records show the MV Lynx arrived on March 8 and departed on March 14, last Saturday.

A spokesman said the ship had been at the general cargo wharf.

"She was in Newcastle loading tanks, whatever that is," he said.

He suggested talking to the agent, Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Hamilton, but it said it could not comment.

The ship is bound for the United States.

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