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Top secret uranium shipment sailed in Norway’s waters. It has been revealed highly enriched uranium (HEU) cargo transited along Norway’s coast in secret from a nuclear research reactor outside Warsaw to Russia’s Mayak processing plant in the South-Urals. The heavily guarded nuclear shipment was the last of a spent fuel campaign from Poland, developed under the auspices of a US run program aimed at “securing all nuclear material around the world within four years,” US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino said. The cargo left Poland on the 26 September and safely arrived at destination yesterday.

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Top secret uranium shipment sailed in Norway’s waters

Published on Wednesday, 13th October, 2010 at 10:35 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last Updated on 13th December 2010 at 12:18.

It has been revealed highly enriched uranium (HEU) cargo transited along Norway’s coast in secret from a nuclear research reactor outside Warsaw to Russia’s Mayak processing plant in the South-Urals.

HEU awaiting secure transportation by rail
HEU awaiting secure transportation by rail
Photo: NNSANews/Flickr


Terrorist threat

The heavily guarded nuclear shipment was the last of a spent fuel campaign from Poland, developed under the auspices of a US run program aimed at “securing all nuclear material around the world within four years,” US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino said.

The cargo left Poland on the 26 September and safely arrived at destination yesterday.

“These shipments […] support the goals of the April 2010 Nuclear Security Summit where 47 nations committed to strengthening nuclear security and reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism,” D’Agostino said.

According to the BarentsObserver, two reasons might have been at the core of choosing this longer shipping route over the Baltic Sea via St. Petersburg.

Firstly, to avoid any terrorist threats, and secondly because the Russian port Murmansk has the facilities required to receive such a cargo.

Stealth tracking

The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) could not track the cargo with the Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) in Vardø, because the ship was smaller than the required minimum size and weight to inform the (NCA).

However, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) was able to see the vessel’s journey, cooperating with the NCA via the satellite tracking Automated Identification Systems (AIS).

“We know about several transports to Murmansk over the last year. The last transport arrived in Murmansk as scheduled last week,” Yngvar Bratvedt, Senior Adviser in the NRPA Department for Emergency Preparedness told the BarentsObserver.

The first of its kind entered the Norwegian waters without notifying national authorities in advance last autumn.

Overall, the HEU cargos shipped from Poland to Russia carried enough material for 18 nuclear bombs.



Published on Wednesday, 13th October, 2010 at 10:35 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.
Last updated on 13th December 2010 at 12:18.

This post has the following tags: nuclear, bomb, norway, uranium, russia, poland, vardoe, satellite, tracking, security, agency, warsaw, mayak, south-urals, us, national, securityadministration.





  
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