Ashdod port evacuated following discovery of radioactive material in a container

Ashdod port evacuated following discovery of radioactive material in a container

Port workers were evacuated from Israel’s Ashdod port yesterday when radioactive material was discovered in a container onboard a Chinese vessel.

Environmental Protection Ministry officials stressed that there was no threat to the area.
“At the instruction of the Environmental Protection Ministry, the container was transferred to an insulated area at the Ashdod Port,” a statement from the ministry said. “There is no risk to the public.”

The port returned to normal operations in the early afternoon.

The local port authority said in a statement that the offending piece of metal contained “minimal levels” of radioactive material.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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