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Nuclear Free Pacific Flotilla arrive at Spot X

19 JULY 2002

MEDIA ADVISORY

Nuclear Free Pacific Flotilla arrive at Spot X - Tasman Sea

The Nuclear Free Pacific Flotilla arrived at its protest spot between Norfolk and Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea today about 600 miles northeast of New Zealand

The flotilla is protesting the transport of a radioactive cargo of plutonium MOX waste from Japan through the region on its way back to the UK. The two armed UK freighters, Pacific Pintail and Pacific Teal, are due in the mid-Tasman in the next few days.

The Nuclear Free Pacific Flotilla consists of 11 boats which have come from New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu and France. The flotilla is made up of individual boat owners with crews onboard ranging from 3 to 60 years old. Nationalities represented onboard include New Zealand, Australia, Holland, UK, USA, Germany, France, Poland, Lebanon and South Africa.

Crew are available for interviews on the following vessels:

SV Nanu - New Zealand registered: Iridium phone #: 008816 315 25590

SV Fio-Oko - French registered: Interviews arranged via SV Nanu

SV Moontide - Australian registered: Iridium phone #: 008816 315 25591

SV Ranui - New Zealand registered: Iridium phone #: 008816 314 29569

SV Tiama - New Zealand registered: Inmarsat phone #: 00872 762639082

For any other details contact:

Pia Mancia - Nuclear Free Flotilla Coordinator - 021 799 661 or (09) 372 6661


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