13 Apr '11, 2am

Nuclear fears keep shippers wary of travel to Japan: SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Foreign crew members remain hesitant

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Foreign crew members remain hesitant to travel near Japan's quake-crippled nuclear plant, including to some ports outside the exclusion zone, forcing shippers to use Japanese vessels instead to transport goods, senior industry executives said. Maritime companies were supplying crew members travelling to the Tokyo Bay area, located 240 km (150 miles) from the damaged Fukushima nuclear complex, with special anti-radiation suits, Geiger counters and medicine. That was despite daily assurances from Japan's transport ministry that radiation levels in the area, which included the main container ports of Tokyo and Yokohama and the Chiba oil port, were at a "very safe" level. "Crews do not want to go there. Even Chiba, crews still do not want to go," Kyuho Whang, chief executive of South Korea's SK Shipping, told reporters at an industry conference in Singapo...

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