Port Aids Shipments of Weapons Incinerators
The Port of Baltimore is doing its part to eradicate Cold War chemical munitions. Rukert Marine Terminals has shipped two metal parts furnace (MPF) systems created by Surface Combustions Inc. to the Kizner Chemical Weapons Destructions Facility (CWDF) in the Udmurt Republic of Russia.
Raytheon, a defense and aerospace systems supplier, oversaw logistical operations and the transportations of the MPFs as a subcontractor for Surface Combustion Inc.
Raytheon and Surface Combustion Inc. used several service providers for the shipment. Linden International provided documentation for the cargo, while Maryland Overpack packaged it. The equipment was shipped on an Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers vessel in June.
“We are comfortable handling complex shipments, because of the expertise of the many service providers here in Maryland, we know the customers’ needs will be met,” said MPA Trade Development Manager Cynthia Burman.
Retha Carole Waltemyer, CIS Deputy Tranportation Project Manager at Raytheon, contacted the MPA to arrange a private tour of the Port prior to shipping. The Tour was intended to show how the Port would be able to handle such important cargo.
“Cynthia Burman was great in providing us with general overview of Port Services as well as support in vital areas,” said Waltemyer.
The furnaces were developed as part of a global effort to reduce the number of weapons of mass destruction and weapons –useable materials. The CWDF is using the MPF systems to destroy thousands of tons of deadly chemical agents from old Soviet arsenal. Since 202, about 30% percent of the 40000 metric tons of chemical weapons stockpiled at the Kizner facility have been destroyed.
The Current project is being funded by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) as part of the G8-led Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction.
Source: “The Port of Baltimore”; September/October 2010; p. 10