U.S. to provide vessel to destroy Syrian chemical weapons

December 3, 2013DAMASCUS The most dangerous types of toxic substances from Syria’s chemical weapons arsenals will be removed from the country by December 31 and destroyed on a vessel provided by the United States, Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement. “The United States has offered to contribute a destruction technology, full operational support and financing to neutralize Syria’s priority chemicals, which are to be removed from the country by 31 December,” the statement says. “The neutralization operations will be conducted on a US vessel at sea using hydrolysis,” the statement says. Uzumcu also reiterated that 35 commercial companies have expressed on interest in participating in the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons. These offers will now undergo evaluation, he said. US ship readied for possible Syria’s chemical arms destruction. The U.S. government has begun outfitting a ship in its reserve ready force with equipment to enable it to destroy some of Syria’s chemical weapons at sea in the event Washington is asked to assist in the effort, a defense official said on Sunday. The Maritime Administration vessel MV Cape Ray is being equipped with the newly developed Field Deployable Hydrolysis System, which was designed by the Defense Department to neutralize components used in chemical weapons, a defense official said on condition of anonymity. 
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which supervising the disposal of Syria’s chemical arms, said last week the United States had offered to destroy some of the components on a U.S. ship and was looking for a Mediterranean port where the work could be carried out. “The United States is committed to supporting the international community’s efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons in the safest, most efficient and effective means possible,” Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said in an email on Sunday. “We have offered and are currently outfitting a U.S. vessel with field deployable hydrolysis system technology to support the OPCW’s efforts,” she said, adding the U.S. remained “confident that we can meet the milestones for destruction set out by the OPCW.” The OPCW aims to remove the most critical chemicals out of Syria by the end of December, with the remainder due out by Feb. 5. The Cape Ray, a 648-foot (198-meter) vessel with built-in ramps to enable cargo to be efficiently rolled on and rolled off, is part of the Maritime Administration’s ready reserve force of 46 ships. The force was organized to provide strategic sealift for U.S. military forces, but it is part of the Transportation Department. The Pentagon would lease the Cape Ray if it participates in the Syrian chemical weapons destruction, the defense official said. The OPCW said last week 35 firms had expressed an interest in bidding for commercial contracts to dispose of some 800 tonnes (1 tonne = 1.102 metric tons) of bulk industrial chemicals that are safe to destroy in commercial incinerators. Another 500 tonnes of chemicals, including nerve agents, were seen as too dangerous to import into a country or to process commercially. The OPCW was considering the US offer to neutralize those chemical agents on a vessel at sea. –VOR
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2 Responses to U.S. to provide vessel to destroy Syrian chemical weapons

  1. niebo says:

    WARNING: What “they” fail to mention is that, according to the CDC, chemical hydrolysis involves a reaction between WATER and CHEMICAL that neutralizes the CHEMICAL. However, there are left-overs, one of which is “treated waste” water.


    So, what happens to this “waste” that, in the final step of the process, becomes “discharge”? Will they dump it into the Mediterranean? The sea that is semi-closed to the radioactive and super-polluted oceans? And what unstudied, long-term, disastrous consequences might this have on the life therein and in the region?

    Oh, what am I thinking? It can’t be worse than Fukushima (right?), and, according to “them”, Fukushima is handled . . . so, please, forget I said anything, really; there is no reason to worry.


  2. Moco says:

    What is org against chem weapons? Really, we fight “friendly wars”. Any moron that believes that we are not singled out for slavery, deserves what’s coming anyway.


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