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Port Allows Ship After Radiation Test

September 14, 2002|From Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — A ship ordered offshore for testing after radioactivity was detected in a container was cleared to return to port, federal officials said.

Inspectors determined Friday there was no threat from the M/V Palermo Senator, a 708-foot container ship registered in Liberia, according to a statement from the FBI, Coast Guard and Department of Energy.

The Coast Guard ordered the ship into the Elizabeth, N.J., port Tuesday for an inspection after hearing suspicious sounds during a routine boarding offshore.

Later that day, the ship was ordered out to sea after radioactivity was detected among its 650 shipping containers. It remained in a security zone six miles offshore.

The low-level radioactivity came from ceramic tile in the cargo and was harmless, the agencies said.

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