Japanese containers possibly radioactive
People working in Dutch ports should be wary of radio-active containers and ships coming from Japan, a professional organisation warns.
Tokyo is Japan's main container port and is just 200 kilometres from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, the Safe Port Foundation says. "A single container doesn't pose a serious threat but a great many grouped in a single area could cause dangerous radiation levels", the organisation explains. Not only ports in China and the US are likely to face the threat, the foundation's website warns, but harbours in Europe are also expected to be exposed.
Port staff are urged not to touch anything coming from Japan unless it is strictly necessary. It is wrong to assume, the organisation stresses, that most radioactive material is washed away or blown off the ships and the containers during a long sea voyage.
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