|Kuito was examined by Turkish inspectors and will be dismantled in İzmir. (Photo: DHA)|
Turkish authorities have cleared a ship that was suspected of carrying radioactive waste and it is on its way to the Turkish coast for destruction.
Turkey's Chamber of Environmental Engineers warned last week that a ship laden with radioactive material and waste had recently left Angola and was approaching an Aegean port in the province of İzmir, saying that the ship is dangerous and should be intercepted before entering Turkish waters.
The ship, called Kuito, had once been used to refine petroleum and will dock in the Port of Aliağa for demolition. The chamber said the ship could refine 100,000 tons of petroleum and therefore has a high level of radioactive waste and hazardous material on board.
At the request of environmentalists, Turkish authorities intercepted the ship six miles off the Turkish coast for an inspection.
Inspectors from the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency and the İzmir Environmental Directorate examined the ship on Wednesday and concluded that it contains no hazardous material.
The ship will be dismantled at İzmir's Aliağa demolition center, which has become a hub for ship demolition.
Source: today’s zaman. 5 February 2015