Cover-up? Burning ship with tons of radioactive uranium hexafluoride, explosives — Tens of thousands nearby for Evangelical church day — Public not told of “near-catastrophe” (PHOTO)

Published: May 17th, 2013 at 2:50 pm ET


Title: Burning ship had tonnes of radioactive material
Source: The Local
Date: May 17, 2013

Burning ship had tonnes of radioactive material

[…] Fire fighters said they had only narrowly been able to prevent a catastrophe on May 1st when the freighter “Atlantic Cartier” caught fire – complete with its radioactive load.

Tens of thousands of people were gathered just a few hundred metres away to celebrate the Evangelical church day when the ship went up in dramatic flames.

[…] The authorities confirmed that the ship had been carrying around nine tonnes of the dangerous uranium hexafluoride, a toxic chemical used in the nuclear industry, as well as four tonnes of explosives, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported. […]

Most of the shipments were due for a uranium-enriching facility […]

Anjes Tjarks, Green spokesman for harbour policy

  • “Hamburg just managed to scrape past a catastrophe on May 1st”
  • “It is a monstrosity that the government did not inform the public about this near-catastrophe of its own initiative”
  • “One has to speak of a cover-up attempt”

Full report here

Published: May 17th, 2013 at 2:50 pm ET


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26 comments to Cover-up? Burning ship with tons of radioactive uranium hexafluoride, explosives — Tens of thousands nearby for Evangelical church day — Public not told of “near-catastrophe” (PHOTO)

  • We Not They Finally

    It went up in flames! What is the "near" part of the "near-catastrophe"? And why were several tons of explosives on the same ship as radioactive materials ANYWAY?

  • From Nuclear Industry Manual. (guessing)

    Never report an event or possible incident or give warning in a timely manner. Any use of the 'R' word may prematurely panic people. …and possibly shed a bad light on the Nuclear Industry.

    ? Explosives and Radioactive material on the same boat.

    Nobody could be that stupid. 😉

    • amberlight amberlight

      I read an account in one of Annie Proulx's books ("Shipping News") about how the owners of merchant ships would overload the vessels to the point of making them unsafe and then insure them to cover all potential losses. That way whether the ships made it safely to port with their massive cargo or sank with all hands on board, it was a win-win… for the ship's owners!

      Could that explain the incomprehensible stupidity of piling tons of radioactive materials and explosives on the same boat? Does anyone know what the insurance payoff for this "near" disaster will be? Was Larry Silverstein seen skulking about?

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Each year, more than 180 tons of nuclear materials, divided into more than separate transports, reach the Hamburg harbour. It's especially dangerous as in Hamburg the harbour is literally in the middle of the city. And it's telling that it was again a member of the green party who made the official demand for publishing this information.
    Merkel and her ilk surely hate it.
    Apparently, the nuclear containers had been removed from the ship before the firefighting began – as the substance reacts heavily with water.
    Just lovely.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Funny thing about that photo, it looks like the whole city is on fire in the background. But terrorists and government perpetrators take note; such shipments occur about every three days in this harbor. Human race; ultimate recipients of the Darwin award

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      The smoking "city" in the background actually IS the ship……

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        OK, DRAMATIC! Clearly it didnt release any toxic material into the air. Nice they could get on board to take away the bad stuff before the ensuing conflagration.

  • Jay

    The cost of the Cleanup alone is a sweet jackpot !

    Please , do read or listen to what undercover NYPD detective Pistone disclosed about the criminal mind , basically its design doesn't give a s*it about anybody . It's genetics that we know about yet not willing to Clean it .

    BTW , where is the society-changer Terra Hertz Laser scanner ???

  • Baha 2012 Baha 2012

    Maybe they were counting on a window of safe warning if things were to have gone terribly wrong .. but like so many comments have pointed out “Explosives and Radioactive material on the same boat“ should have never been unless this was one of the many apparently deliberate and sinister plans put in play that was not allowed to take place …

  • m a x l i

    Ship in flames, nine tonnes of uranium hexafluoride, four tonnes of explosives… Just another normal day! Let's watch football!

  • Replacant Replacant

    So is it normal to have explosives & uranium on the same ship? Something smells rotten in Denmark or Hamburg.
    The lack of control over these materials is amazing; in a world gripped by fear of a terrorist group getting a hold of radioactive material to make at least a dirty bomb, they don't need to; the industry will do it for them on a much bigger scale.

  • Jebus Jebus

    US Law…

    49 CFR 176.30 – Dangerous cargo manifest.

    Browse a bit and you will see, that basicaly all you have to do is declare it and pay.

    Like a parade…

  • Jebus Jebus


    The website for the international dangerous goods professional.

    And they tell me I gotta luv ALL them humans…

  • Madashell10 Madashell10

    Its like the explosion at the fertilizer plant in texas couple of weeks ago. 15 dead And the patsy is already found … Just like clockwork …..Next victim please

  • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

    Humans are, in the main stupid.

  • My thoughts are why would you ship explosives with radioactive waste! Are these people freakin brain dead! And wouldn't you evacuate people ASAP. If they aren't telling people of potential danger on this level, would they tell us about a bigger event, like an asteroid? And ALSO what haven't they told people that has already happened that might be killing people now?

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    and how does this compare to the guy who blew up a truck that closed the uranium mine in Africa? Who was potentially the threat to more people? Just thinking…

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    After a freighter went up in flames at the start of the month while carrying radioactive material into Hamburg's harbour, it has emerged that the German port city receives such hazardous cargo up to seven times a month.