National Radiation Laboratory (NRL) staff have checked hundreds of vehicles arriving at Ports of Auckland on car carriers from Japan but said today no levels of radioactive contamination of any health significance were detected.
The Ministry of Health told NZPA that the NRL carried out the radiation checks “for re-assurance purposes” after a request from [...]
Nuclear inspectors tested autos coming in from Japan at the union's request, but failed to test the air filters and said, "Our exercise was one primarily of reassurance. Our guidance remains that such inspections and screening aren't strictly necessary."
A leading anti-nuclear figure has cast doubts over the integrity of radiation screening in Port [...]
The disasters directly affected many auto, electronics and other parts makers’ plants, causing disruptions to supply chains. They also caused the immediate shutdown of four nuclear power plants, including the Fukushima No.1 plant at the center of the ongoing nuclear crisis.
As a result, many factories in a wide range of industries, even in the [...]
Five shipping containers detained in Rotterdam after testing positive for radiation probably left Japan before a screening program started, the Asian nation’s transport ministry said.
Japanese authorities officially began scanning cargo boxes for radiation on April 28 because of concerns about leaks from a nuclear plant crippled by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Port of Rotterdam
Dutch authorities have found traces of radiation on 19 containers originating from Japan, two months after an earthquake and tsunami there caused leaks from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
Five of the containers, scanned on arrival at the Port of Rotterdam, were quarantined because the level of contamination was above the [...]
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Dockworker Jose Lillo said:
“In the morning when we came in for our shift, customs officials came to give us an information session and that is when we found out that there were cars that were suspected of having radioactivity.”
From the Journal of Commerce:
Tachinoura Container Terminal in Western Japan
Shoei Utsuda, chairman of the Japan Foreign Trade Council, predicted at a press conference on Wednesday that Japan’s overall exports will post a “fairly big” decline in April. Utsuda is also chairman of trading giant Mitsui & Co.
Many analysts agree with Utsuda [...]
Rates for panamaxes, the largest coal and iron-ore carriers to pass through the Panama Canal, may jump about 55 percent as Japan buys more raw materials to generate power and rebuild after its worst-ever earthquake.
Japan may need to buy an extra 6 million metric tons of coal after the disaster crippled nuclear plants, Credit [...]
Authorities in the state of Goa, India, say they have no way of testing the ballast water for possible radiation contamination. Photo shows Goa's Mormugao Port.
Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has asked the two main ports in the state not to allow the ships arriving from Japan to de-ballast the water, in [...]
Japan will conduct radiation checks on ships and containers leaving three main international ports in and near Tokyo beginning April 28, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced Friday.
The inspections at the ports of Tokyo, Yokohama and Kawasaki, which account for about 40 percent of foreign trade containers, will measure radiation levels [...]
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Monday that the country’s auto makers have started testing their vehicles for radiation prior to shipments to domestic and overseas markets, in a bid to mitigate concerns among customers about purchasing Japan-made products due to the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The move comes on the [...]
European ports should check radiation levels on all ships coming from Japan to see if they exceed a new limit after last month’s nuclear accident, the European Union’s executive said on Friday.
“We want to exclude any risk, even if it is a very small one, for the safety of the workers in the harbors [...]
An EU official says the first ship to reach Europe from Japan since that country’s nuclear accident has arrived in the Dutch port of Rotterdam.
EU spokeswoman Marlene Holzner says no abnormal levels of radiation have been detected in the ship, which arrived Thursday. She says other ships from Japan are also on their way.
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force personnel stand on a U.S. military barge carrying pure water (bottom) near the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant on April 4. Foreign ships are avoiding the northern parts of the country due to radiaction leaks at the plant.
International shipping companies, worried about radioactive contamination of their vessels, are starting to [...]
Foreign crew members remain hesitant to travel near Japan’s quake-crippled nuclear plant, including to some ports outside the exclusion zone, forcing shippers to use Japanese vessels instead to transport goods, senior industry executives said.
Maritime companies were supplying crew members travelling to the Tokyo Bay area, located 240 km (150 miles) from the damaged Fukushima [...]