From CBC – Jan 17, 2011
Regulators have boarded a ship carrying uranium in B.C. waters,
figuring out how to handle a spill of radioactive material in the ship’s
The ship left Vancouver just before Christmas, bound for China. It is
carrying powdered uranium concentrate from the Saskatchewan mining
But bad weather during the Pacific crossing caused two drums of
uranium to spill into the cargo hold, prompting the crew to turn the
ship back to British Columbia.
The uranium is safely contained within the ship’s hold, Cameco spokesman Rob Gereghty said Monday.
“We’re going through an assessment process right now but the hatch
was sealed once the uranium was found to be on the floor,” Gereghty
said. “We requested the ship to come back so that we could assess,
secure and remediate the situation.”