Kenya’s nuclear authority inspects Denmark ship over radioactive material
Kenya says it has quarantined a ship from Denmark that has been reported to be carrying radioactive materials for fear of poisoning citizens.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe, said that the ship Seago Piraeus Voy 1475 B/L214735979 container emission threatens the health and lives of Kenyans by emission of radioactive materials. “The ship should be quarantined for the purposes of inspecting any part and also conduct medical examination on any person on board,” Kagwe said in a statement issued in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital city.
He noted that any person on the ship will be required to answer questions in accordance with the Kenya public health act. Kagwe directed the Kenya Nuclear and Regulatory Authority (KNRA) to inspect the content of the container to determine the radioactive material in question, possible quantity and position within the cargo container.
He noted that Kenya has an international obligation to prevent, intercept, interdict and combat illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear material and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, having ratified international instruments.
A search on vesselfinder.com
shows that the ship sails under a Denmark flag and that in the past one month
it has been to Kenya, Oman, India and Pakistan.
African nations have long been at the center of incidents involving hazardous waste dumping mostly by Western countries.
The Basel Convention, established in 1989, prevents the shipment and disposal of hazardous waste from industrial to developing countries. This international treaty establishes a procedure of strict requirements and consents of any transboundary movement of hazardous waste. To complement the Basel Convention, African Nations established the Bamako Convention in 1991.
The first Conference of the Parties (COP-1) to the Convention took place from 24 to 26 June 2013 in Bamako Mali. One of the outcomes of this Conference is a declaration by African Ministers of Environment in which they state their determination “to prevent Africa from becoming a dumping ground for toxic wastes through an effective implementation of the Bamako Convention”.
The declaration further states that “the import of hazardous waste into Africa is a crime against humanity” and commit “to prompt action to overcome barriers to effective management and minimization of waste in Africa through increased knowledge on waste scenarios in order to prevent harm to health and environment.”