The Bahamas Join U.S. Megaports Program

The Bahamas have become the sixth country to join the U.S. Megaports Initiative, which is intended to prevent illicit shipments of nuclear and radioactive materials, the U.S. Energy Department announced yesterday (see GSN, Dec. 22, 2004).

Under the agreement, radiation detectors would be installed at one of the Bahamas’ busiest seaports, the department said in a press release.

“Helping better protect the world’s maritime shipping network from nuclear smuggling is an important objective we are working to achieve,” U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said in the release.  “Cooperating with the Bahamian government will enable our countries to further international nonproliferation efforts and better protect the citizens of the Bahamas, the United States and other countries against nuclear terrorism” (U.S. Energy Department release, Jan. 11).

January 12, 2005
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The Bahamas have become the sixth country to join the U.S. Megaports Initiative, which is intended to prevent illicit shipments of nuclear and radioactive materials, the U.S. Energy Department announced yesterday (see GSN, Dec. 22, 2004).

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