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Radioactive ship drifting off Scottish coast forces oil platform evacuation

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posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 07:50 AM
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Dozens of people had to be evacuated from an oil platform overnight as a radioactive ship drifted off the Scottish coast.
A fire in one of the Parida’s funnels forced the cargo ship to cut its engines in the North Sea on Tuesday evening.
The blaze was extinguished with no injuries to the 15 people on board, the coastguard said, and the crew attempted to put down its anchors to stop being forced nearer land by rough seas.
As the Parida began drifting towards the Beatrice oil platform in the Moray Firth, it was shut down and evacuated as a precaution, Shetland Coastguard said.
The incident, around 20 nautical miles south-west of Wick, started at 7pm.


Radioacti ve ship drifting off Scottish coast forces oil platform evacuation

A spokesperson from the plant said it is the lowest form of waste and had been cemented in 500 litre drums.
"Everything is still secure," he added. "The nature of the cargo is it is safe and the cargo is not damaged. There is no danger to the crew."




posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 08:26 AM
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a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

File: Things we do to our beautiful world.


F&S



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 08:42 AM
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a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

nnnnnnnoooo

not the Scottish sardines



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 08:51 AM
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a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

I'm more worried about possible oil/diesel and chemical contaminants if their was a collision, however I just hope they successfully anchor her down so she can be repaired or towed.

North sea weather is going to get a lot harsher in the coming weeks.



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 09:05 AM
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a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

Well...

Thats two potential balls ups within close proximity to one another. I say balls ups, because all oil rigs are a catastrophy waiting to happen, and because obviously, no matter how low level the radioactive material on board this ship might be, it is a significant risk to have it bobbing about un powered, and without any control over its destiny.

SNAFU much?



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 10:21 AM
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Why oh why oh why ...



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 11:47 AM
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Why dont we send nuclear waste on a one way trip to the sun? Those who create it certainly make enough money to be able to afford the costs.



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 02:02 PM
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a reply to: VoidHawk
Rockets don't always make it, imagine the disaster of radioactive waste raining down on us from the sky.



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 03:59 PM
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a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

So if this radioactive waste is safe and secured, fire is out and crew apparently all OK why evacuate the platform?


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posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 04:03 PM
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originally posted by: TKDRL
a reply to: VoidHawk
Rockets don't always make it, imagine the disaster of radioactive waste raining down on us from the sky.


dirty bomb on steroids



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 04:54 PM
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WHO'S IS PISSED AT Scotland now,they got their damn vote...



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 05:00 PM
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originally posted by: TKDRL
a reply to: VoidHawk
Rockets don't always make it, imagine the disaster of radioactive waste raining down on us from the sky.


Not to mention the $10k per lb that it costs to boost a payload to LEO.



posted on Oct, 8 2014 @ 05:16 PM
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originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

So if this radioactive waste is safe and secured, fire is out and crew apparently all OK why evacuate the platform?



Because the ship was drifting out of control when the decision was made to evacuate.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 01:03 AM
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originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: Lady_Tuatha

So if this radioactive waste is safe and secured, fire is out and crew apparently all OK why evacuate the platform?



Because it's a precaution.
It even says it in the article.
Geez Louise.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 04:48 AM
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a reply to: mortex

Must be true then if the article says so. I mean it's not like the dangers of radioactive waste have ever been downplayed or downright lied about.

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posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 05:03 AM
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originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: mortex

Must be true then if the article says so. I mean it's not like the dangers of radioactive waste have ever been downplayed or downright lied about.

The article says:


It is owned by Belgian authorities and was transporting waste back to Belgium after collecting it from Dounreay nuclear plant in Caithness, where it had been reprocessed.

A spokesperson from the plant said it is the lowest form of waste and had been cemented in 500 litre drums.


Thats not "low level" waste. If they have "reprocessed it" and sealed it into casks with cement and its from a nuclear plant, then its not low level.

Fire on board, radioactive waste on board, ship drifting towards an oil platform in rough seas…

Whew, got out of that one.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 05:09 AM
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a reply to: intrptr

Low level, my eye. It's from Dounreay which was on fire itself yesterday:


A small fire broke out in part of Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor facility in the early hours of Tuesday. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) said the alarm was raised at 01:30. The Caithness site's fire brigade extinguished the blaze in the PFR's sodium tank farm within 30 minutes.
DSRL said no-one was hurt in the incident and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and regulators had been informed. The reactor ceased operating in 1994 and is more than halfway through a process of being decommissioned.


BBC Highlands

I'm not a nuclear expert, but a fire in a nuclear sodium tank doesn't sound like much of a laugh to me.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 05:22 AM
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sig - the danger [ real danger ] is not from the cargo - its from an unpowered vessel 100m long weighing 5800 tons drifting into the platform

the risk would be the same whatever cargo it carried



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 05:40 AM
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a reply to: beansidhe

Thanks for that link. The rabbit hole deepens. It appears the fire at the plant was "Among storage tanks". The same tanks are aboard ship apparently. Heres another story about it.


The material, which was sent to Dounreay from Belgium for reprocessing in the 1990s, was being shipped back to Belgium.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said the Parida was carrying two containers called flasks each holding three 500-litre drums of intermediate level waste.

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Apparently its not from the reactor being decommissioned but was sent there to be reprocessed. Since the plant closed this stored "intermediate level waste" is being shipped back to customers.


In 2011, it was announced that more than 150 tonnes of intermediate level waste would be transported back to Belgium in 21 shipments over the next four years. The Belgian material had been at Dounreay for reprocessing, but is being returned because the Scottish site is being decommissioned and demolished.

Also in 2011, bosses at Dounreay started discussion on the return of several hundred tones of waste to customers in Australia and Germany.

So a fire at the site among the "flasks farm" and a fire aboard a vessel transporting those flasks back to customers without having been reprocessed. The "without having been processed" is interesting enough. Although they are restating there is no "nuclear incident", it is interesting to note the coincidental fires in both places within close proximity to some "hot" waste. Of course they are telling us the truth.

I wonder how long the shelf life was for that waste if not processed as intended? How long before the materials in the flasks heats up enough to combust and burn? Just musing here… if the fires at the site among these flasks happened yesterday and the fire aboard ship was coincidentally at the same time, that "shelf life" may have been exceeded. Stay tuned for more "fires".



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 05:47 AM
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Another link further describing the waste and history of the reactor site.

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