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UPDATED: 09:58, February 27, 2007
Panamanian environmentalists protest passage of radioactive material-laden ship
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Panamanian environmentalists gathered Monday at the entrance of the Panama Canal to protest against the expected passage of a ship carrying radioactive material.

The activists carried flags and distributed flyers to warn the Panamanians of the risks caused by the British-registered ship which is heading for Japan with vitrified residues aboard.

Alberto de Jesus Mercado with the Friends of the Sea Movement said the vessel was endangering maritime security of Panama and the Caribbean nations through which it passes.

The Panama Canal Authority says that until now there have been no accidents in the Canal caused by the ship, which first traveled through in September last year.

The ship, Sandpiper, is owned by the British Nuclear Group, Areva NC and the Overseas Reprocessing Committee, which transports material between Japan and Europe. It is scheduled to arrive in Japan in late March.

Source: Xinhua

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