SRI LANKA FORCES OUT SHIP WITH RADIOACTIVE CARGO FOR CHINA

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Last Wednesday was different for Sri Lankan port authorities. If you go ahead and ask why?’, I’d ask you to imagine a ship carrying radioactive cargo entering your country’s harbors without declaring that it carries the same. Well, that’s exactly what happened in Hambantota port in Southern Sri Lanka.

An Antigua-registered ship, the MV BBC NAPLES entered Sri Lankan territorial waters without declaring a radioactive cargo bound for China. The result: Sri Lankan authorities deciding to expel the ship.

Sri Lanka’s chief nuclear decision making commission: the Atomic Energy Regulatory Council declared that the ship was asked to leave after authorities found it in the Chinese-run port of Hambantota on Tuesday night carrying uranium hexafluoride.

Speaking to AFP, Council Director-General Anil Ranjith said, “The ship failed to declare its dangerous cargo- uranium hexafluoride, and we decided to order it to leave our waters immediately.”

He also added that the ship was on its way to an unnamed Chinese port, from Rotterdam. On the way, it experienced technical difficulties and had to enter the Hambantota port.

China Merchants Port Holding Company was the ship manager for the aforementioned ship.

Posted in Maritime Security by Ankur Kundu on Apr 28, 2021 at 08:09.