Chemicals meant for Syrian weapons heading for Marchwood Military Port

Daily Echo: Chemicals meant to Syrian weapons heading for Hampshire Chemicals meant to Syrian weapons heading for Hampshire

A SHIPMENT of 150 tonnes of chemicals originally stockpiled to make deadly weapons by the Syrian regime will pass through a Hampshire port.

The consignment of so-called B precursor chemicals is expected to arrive in Marchwood Military Port from the war torn Middle Eastern country this summer.

The substances- which include ingredients stored by the Assad regime as part of its chemical weapons programme - are being shipped as part of a major international scheme to destroy the country's chemical weapons.

They will be treated using specialist equipment on a US ship before being loaded onto lorries at Marchwood and driven to Ellesmere Port in Cheshire for destruction.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said they were yet to finalise a date of arrival due to delays in Syria but expected it to be the end of August.

She stressed they pose no hazards to the public as they have been treated en-route and said:

“The chemicals will have been diluted to such an extent that will minimise their potential and there is no risk to local populations.

“There are detailed plans to liaise with local councils and the Environment Agency and community groups.”

The deadline for destroying the weapons set by the international community is June 30.
But it is likely to take at least another month to load the ships before a journey of more than a week to Britain.

From Marchwood they will travel overland to be incinerated at Ellesmere Port at a specialist plant owned by Veolia.

A spokesman for Veolia said that B precursor chemicals were routinely used in the pharmaceutical industry and were similar in nature to standard industrial materials safely processed at its plant.

The company's executive vice president for UK and Northern Europe Estelle Brachlianoff said: “We will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Defence and relevant UK authorities to ensure the safe destruction of these chemicals in line with our high environmental, health, safety and operating standards.”

Syria is believed to posses 1,300 tonnes of chemical agents, including the nerve agent sarin, which was unleashed by President Bashar al-Assad on civilians in Ghouta last August, when more than 1,000 people died.

The components have deliberately been separated into two different vessels for safety so that they cannot be used to create weapons.

A Norwegian ship Taiko will transport the chemicals to the USA, while the Danish vessel Ark Futura will travel to Britain.

En route it will stop at the US ship MV Cape Ray, where most of the more toxic substances will be neutralised by the process of hydrolysis.

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6:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

apm1954 says...

should send it to liverpool they want everything else from southampton
should send it to liverpool they want everything else from southampton apm1954
  • Score: 14

6:38pm Mon 9 Jun 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

So what is the problem?
So what is the problem? MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 9

6:43pm Mon 9 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

Surely it would be easier, greener and safer to ship them directly to Ellesmere Port rather than offload them in Southampton then transport them by road.
Surely it would be easier, greener and safer to ship them directly to Ellesmere Port rather than offload them in Southampton then transport them by road. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 17

6:58pm Mon 9 Jun 14

halibutjackson says...

Do these chemicals have to be destroyed or will we just 'recycle' them and sell them on?
Do these chemicals have to be destroyed or will we just 'recycle' them and sell them on? halibutjackson
  • Score: 7

7:15pm Mon 9 Jun 14

downfader says...

halibutjackson wrote:
Do these chemicals have to be destroyed or will we just 'recycle' them and sell them on?
Some of the stuff the Syrians were utilising were ingredients for things like industrial paint. I suppose they're destroying them rather than recycling as the quality might not be good enough to reuse.Some of it may not be safe enough in other capacities (industrial waste is sometime destroyed like this by Veola and its pretty similar)
[quote][p][bold]halibutjackson[/bold] wrote: Do these chemicals have to be destroyed or will we just 'recycle' them and sell them on?[/p][/quote]Some of the stuff the Syrians were utilising were ingredients for things like industrial paint. I suppose they're destroying them rather than recycling as the quality might not be good enough to reuse.Some of it may not be safe enough in other capacities (industrial waste is sometime destroyed like this by Veola and its pretty similar) downfader
  • Score: 5

7:15pm Mon 9 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

i could do with a decent weed killer
i could do with a decent weed killer mickey01
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

halibutjackson says...

downfader wrote:
halibutjackson wrote:
Do these chemicals have to be destroyed or will we just 'recycle' them and sell them on?
Some of the stuff the Syrians were utilising were ingredients for things like industrial paint. I suppose they're destroying them rather than recycling as the quality might not be good enough to reuse.Some of it may not be safe enough in other capacities (industrial waste is sometime destroyed like this by Veola and its pretty similar)
Thanks for the answer. I learn all sorts here.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]halibutjackson[/bold] wrote: Do these chemicals have to be destroyed or will we just 'recycle' them and sell them on?[/p][/quote]Some of the stuff the Syrians were utilising were ingredients for things like industrial paint. I suppose they're destroying them rather than recycling as the quality might not be good enough to reuse.Some of it may not be safe enough in other capacities (industrial waste is sometime destroyed like this by Veola and its pretty similar)[/p][/quote]Thanks for the answer. I learn all sorts here. halibutjackson
  • Score: 2

7:37pm Mon 9 Jun 14

search for the truth says...

halibutjackson wrote:
Do these chemicals have to be destroyed or will we just 'recycle' them and sell them on?
These chemicals are going to Veolia Environmental Services, in Ellesmere Port on the south bank of the River Mersey for incineration. This plant is situated next door to Stanlow oil refinery.
[quote][p][bold]halibutjackson[/bold] wrote: Do these chemicals have to be destroyed or will we just 'recycle' them and sell them on?[/p][/quote]These chemicals are going to Veolia Environmental Services, in Ellesmere Port on the south bank of the River Mersey for incineration. This plant is situated next door to Stanlow oil refinery. search for the truth
  • Score: 4

7:47pm Mon 9 Jun 14

forest hump says...

mickey01 wrote:
i could do with a decent weed killer
Unfortunately, thanks to our Euro laws, we have been denied the ability to use any decent weedkillers anymore. The stuff we buy now is near useless. Better option is to use a good old fashioned paraffin flame gun and toast the little bu**ers.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: i could do with a decent weed killer[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, thanks to our Euro laws, we have been denied the ability to use any decent weedkillers anymore. The stuff we buy now is near useless. Better option is to use a good old fashioned paraffin flame gun and toast the little bu**ers. forest hump
  • Score: 3

9:14pm Mon 9 Jun 14

downfader says...

forest hump wrote:
mickey01 wrote:
i could do with a decent weed killer
Unfortunately, thanks to our Euro laws, we have been denied the ability to use any decent weedkillers anymore. The stuff we buy now is near useless. Better option is to use a good old fashioned paraffin flame gun and toast the little bu**ers.
I always found simply pulling up the blighters worked the best anyway. Decent weedkillers just killed off the lawn in places.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: i could do with a decent weed killer[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, thanks to our Euro laws, we have been denied the ability to use any decent weedkillers anymore. The stuff we buy now is near useless. Better option is to use a good old fashioned paraffin flame gun and toast the little bu**ers.[/p][/quote]I always found simply pulling up the blighters worked the best anyway. Decent weedkillers just killed off the lawn in places. downfader
  • Score: 1

9:43pm Mon 9 Jun 14

forest tony says...

Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles!
Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles! forest tony
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

forest tony wrote:
Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles!
And those stockpiles are where?
[quote][p][bold]forest tony[/bold] wrote: Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles![/p][/quote]And those stockpiles are where? Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 2

9:56pm Mon 9 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
forest tony wrote:
Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles!
And those stockpiles are where?
dont believe a word they say on syria BS PROPAGANDA from our dodgy government !! THEY LIE LIE LIE ,thats all they have ever done false flag after white wash after lie after lie , rant over .It would help the situ if israel america and gb pulled the merceneries OUT !
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest tony[/bold] wrote: Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles![/p][/quote]And those stockpiles are where?[/p][/quote]dont believe a word they say on syria BS PROPAGANDA from our dodgy government !! THEY LIE LIE LIE ,thats all they have ever done false flag after white wash after lie after lie , rant over .It would help the situ if israel america and gb pulled the merceneries OUT ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: -2

10:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

forest tony says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
forest tony wrote:
Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles!
And those stockpiles are where?
Probably with all that fluoride they want to dump in our water......fluoride is used in chemical weapons!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest tony[/bold] wrote: Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles![/p][/quote]And those stockpiles are where?[/p][/quote]Probably with all that fluoride they want to dump in our water......fluoride is used in chemical weapons! forest tony
  • Score: 0

10:37pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Poppy22 says...

forest hump wrote:
mickey01 wrote: i could do with a decent weed killer
Unfortunately, thanks to our Euro laws, we have been denied the ability to use any decent weedkillers anymore. The stuff we buy now is near useless. Better option is to use a good old fashioned paraffin flame gun and toast the little bu**ers.
Thanks to those particular Euro laws there might be bees to pollinate crops in the future, and the right balance of insects to keep crops healthy, so that in our old age, and for future generations, there might be enough food for us to eat!
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: i could do with a decent weed killer[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, thanks to our Euro laws, we have been denied the ability to use any decent weedkillers anymore. The stuff we buy now is near useless. Better option is to use a good old fashioned paraffin flame gun and toast the little bu**ers.[/p][/quote]Thanks to those particular Euro laws there might be bees to pollinate crops in the future, and the right balance of insects to keep crops healthy, so that in our old age, and for future generations, there might be enough food for us to eat! Poppy22
  • Score: 7

10:39pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Poppy22 says...

Shame the headline didn't make it clear that the chemicals would be "pre treated" and safe when they arrive here. The way the headline reads, it looks like an advert to terrorists to come to Southampton and help yourself to the chemicals when they come in! (or worse!). Very irresponsible, Echo. Please don't advertise the date in a later article ...!
Shame the headline didn't make it clear that the chemicals would be "pre treated" and safe when they arrive here. The way the headline reads, it looks like an advert to terrorists to come to Southampton and help yourself to the chemicals when they come in! (or worse!). Very irresponsible, Echo. Please don't advertise the date in a later article ...! Poppy22
  • Score: 7

8:20am Tue 10 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

No doubt Iran and Saudi are now busy making more to arm their proxies in Syria.
No doubt Iran and Saudi are now busy making more to arm their proxies in Syria. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

11:43am Tue 10 Jun 14

southy says...

forest tony wrote:
Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles!
You got very close apart from the common chemicals that are used in every day products the UK and the USA supplied a Saudi Prince with chemical and armed weapons to be supplied to the Freedom Fighters Terrorist that are trained by Mercenaries from Academi and from the UK security the same people who have 400 mercenaries in the Ukraine to support and prop up the Fascist Government in Kiev that is not wanted by the majority of Ukrainians
[quote][p][bold]forest tony[/bold] wrote: Like elsewhere, we probably supplied these chemicals in the first place, so suppose they are just coming home........we sell them to them, then nick them back, surely it would have been a sounder option not to make the stuff in the beginning, I wonder when we will destroy our own stockpiles![/p][/quote]You got very close apart from the common chemicals that are used in every day products the UK and the USA supplied a Saudi Prince with chemical and armed weapons to be supplied to the Freedom Fighters Terrorist that are trained by Mercenaries from Academi and from the UK security the same people who have 400 mercenaries in the Ukraine to support and prop up the Fascist Government in Kiev that is not wanted by the majority of Ukrainians southy
  • Score: 3

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