US preps Syria chemicals delivery

A Norwegian cargoship is preparing to deliver a cargo of chemical weapons precursors handed over by Syria’s military to Port Arthur, Texas, according to US government documents.
DFDS's Ark Futura carried some of the Syrian chemical weapons precursors.

DFDS's Ark Futura carried some of the Syrian chemical weapons precursors.

The ship will deliver five chemicals in 16 containers for destruction in the US port city by Veolia ES Technical Solutions.

The 20-foot ISO shipping containers container five of 19 precursor chemicals as part of an international agreement struck with Syria’s government to dismantle the country’s chemical weapons program.

The vessel has not been named, but a draft environmental impact statement (EIA) prepared for the operation says the ship enjoys Norwegian sovereign immunity. The EIA was released by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Phmsa), a US chemical regulatory agency.

The cargoes include hydrogen fluoride, diphosphorus pentasulfide and phosphorus trichloride.

As TradeWinds has reported, the 2,308-lane-metre ro-ro Ark Futura (built 1996), which is controlled by Denmark’s DFDS, has also transported some of the 19 different precursor chemicals that Syria handed over to UN officials.

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