A NUCLEAR cargo boat believed to be transporting the first of 21 shipments of radioactive waste to Belgium has left Scrabster.
The Atlantic Osprey arrived at the port early on Thursday evening to pick up a consignment of intermediate level-waste from Dounreay for dispatch to the BR2 reactor in Mol.
The vessel is heading for Antwerp from where the load will be taken by road to the research reactor.
The movements, which has been sanctioned by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, involve 153 tonnes of nuclear waste being shipped to the continent over a four year period.
Under the tie-up with the state-owned Belgian research reactor, spent fuel was sent to Dounreay where it was converted into fresh stocks and returned to produce medical isotopes.
A total of 123 drums are due to be dispatched as part of the return-to-sender condition.
Protestors against the sea transportation of nuclear waste have criticised the Atlantic Osprey claiming it is not fit for purpose to carry out the work.
DSRL and Scrabster Harbour Trust both refused to comment on the details of the ship’s arrival.
Read more in Friday’s John O’ Groat Journal.