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Concerning the Departure Date and Vessel for the Seventh Return Shipment of Vitrified Waste from Europe to Japan

December  3,  2001
Federation of Electric Power Companies
Electric Power Company's Transport Headquarters
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Chubu Electric Power Company
Kansai Electric Power Company
Chugoku Electric Power Company
Shikoku Electric Power Company
Kyushu Electric Power Company

The above parties today released details of the departure date, vessel name and port being used for transport of the seventh return shipment of vitrified waste from Europe to Japan. The relevant details are as follows:


1. The vessel will leave port on 5 December 2001

2. The name of the vessel being used is "Pacific Sandpiper"

3.The port being used is Cherbourg, France


[Appendix 1]


Facilities for the Press in Cherbourg


To aid the press in their coverage at Cherbourg, COGEMA have set up a room for the media in the Hotel Mercure. The pressroom will open at 7 :00 AM local time on 5 December 2001.


Contact Telephone Number in France



Mr. Herve Hacard

(33) 2-33-02-63-22


Hotel Mercure

Gare Maritime 50100 Cherbourg

(33) 2-33-44-01-11


[Additional information]


Description of Vitrified Waste Canisters


Height: approximately 1,340mm

External diameter: approximately 430mm

Volume of vitrified waste: approximately 150 litres per canister

Weight: approximately 490kg per canister

Canister material: stainless steel


Description of Shipment Flasks


Name: TN28VT

Total length: approximately 6.6m

External diameter: approximately 2.4m

Total weight: approximately 112 tonnes

Contents: 28(or 20) vitrified waste canisters per flask

Primary flask material: stainless steel, carbon steel


Description of Transport Vessel


Total length: approximately 104m

Width: approximately 17m

Total tonnage: 5,000 tonnes

Load capacity: 3,000 tonnes

Vessel name: Pacific Sandpiper

Cargo: Six vitrified waste shipment flasks (containing a total of 152 canisters, 62 for Kansai Electric Power Company, 28 each for Tokyo Electric Power Company and Chubu Electric Power Station, 14 for Kyushu Electric Power Company and 10 each for Chugoku Electric Power Company and Shikoku Electric Power Company).


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