Japan attempts to reassure owners who refuse to call at ports in Yokohama and Tokyo
The Japanese class society has kicked off a monitoring campaign to alleviate fears over ship contamination.
ClassNK has started to test and certify radiation levels on ships as Japan attempts to reassure owners who are refusing to call at ports in Yokohama and Tokyo in fear of contamination from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The movestarted one month after the earthquake and tsunami and at a time when cruiseship operators are not calling in Tokyo Bay and as many as 20 boxship calls in the area have been cancelled.
Although the Tokyo-based Japanese classification society does not have any radiation-testing equipment itself, it is subcontracting the work, counter-signing the documentation and then offering its own certification.
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