• Short Summary

    Dutch transport unions have refused to unload a cargo of Chilean copper from a ship which had been diverted to Rotterdam to avoid the cargo being seized under a French court order.

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    Dutch transport unions have refused to unload a cargo of Chilean copper from a ship which had been diverted to Rotterdam to avoid the cargo being seized under a French court order.

    The West German freighter Berthe Oldendorff was bound for Le Havre, France when a Paris court granted a temporary seizure order on behalf of a United States company - the Braden Kennecott Corporation.

    The company took the action because it had not been compensated for the nationalisation of its plants in Chile fifteen months ago.

    The Dutch transport unions said they had boycotted the cargo because French dockers had refused to unload the copper. The cargo is valued at GBP100,000.

    Meanwhile, in Amsterdam harbour, port authorities imposed stringent safety measures for the loading of about 1,000 tons of cyanide poison onto the German vessel, Neckerthal.

    The 2,500 metal and concrete canisters of cyanide waste from West Germany was to be dumped in the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles (150 kms) north of the Azores.

    The cyanide had been shipped down the Rhine and the vessel was expected to leave amsterdam on 18 October as soon as loading was completed.

    The shipping and dumping of the cargo was supervised by Dutch port officials and experts from the West german Ministry of transport who will accompany the dangerous cargo to the final dumping area.

    SYNOPSIS: Dutch transport union workers have refused to unload a cargo of copper from a ship which had been diverted to Rotterdam to avoid seizure under a French court order.

    The West German freighter, Berth Oldendorff, had been bound for Le Havre in France.

    A Paris court granted a temporary seizure order on behalf of a United States company - the Braden Kennecott corporation. The company took the action because it had not been compensated for the nationalisation of its plant Chile. The 1,250 tons of Chilean copper on board is valued t 100,000 pounds sterling.

    When the freighter berthed, the Dutch transport workers refused to unload the copper. Union spokesmen said the cargo would be left on board because French dockers had refused to unload it in solidarity with the Chilean government.

    Mean while, in the port of amsterdam, strict safety measures were in force for the loading of an estimated 1,000 tons of cyanide poison to be duped at sea.

    The ship was expected to leave Amsterdam on Tuesday night as soon as loading is completed.

    The shipment, on a West German vessel, was supervised by Dutch port officials and experts from the West German Ministry of Transport, who will accompany the dangerous cargo to its final dumping place.

    The cyanide will be dropped into the sea about 90 miles north of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The poison is packed in 2,500 metal and concrete canisters.

    The cargo of cyanide waste arrived in Amsterdam on Sunday night, after being shipped down the Rhine from Wet Germany.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1FUZ13J1C2K2I8TD94EIVKHNJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FUZ13J1C2K2I8TD94EIVKHNJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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