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

December  18,  2000
Federation of Electric Power Companies
Electric Power Company's Transport Headquarters
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Chubu Electric Power Company
Kansai Electric Power Company
Kyushu Electric Power Company
Japan Atomic Power Company

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


1. The vessel will leave port on 19 December 2000

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

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 press room will open at 6 :00 AM local time on 19 December 2000.


Contact Telephone Number in France



Mr. Herve Hacard

Ms. Catherine Tissot- colle

(+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 Swan

Cargo: Eight vitrified waste shipment flasks (containing a total of 192 canisters, 84 for Kansai Electric Power Company, 60 for Tokyo Electric Power Company, 20 for Chubu Electric Power Station and 14 each for Kyushu Electric Power Company and the Japan Atomic Power Company)

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