A radiation survey on the container no. TSAU2600500 which was kept at the Colombo Port premises was carried out by the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) on 02.05.2014.
Details of the consignment inspected are as follows:
Container No. : TSAU 2600500
Country of Origin : Bangladesh
Items in the Container : Stainless Steel Scrap
The Sri Lanka customs suspected the container number APHU 6385138 which contain used machineries and spare parts for radioactive contamination from Megaport detectors. Atomic Energy Authority has been carried out radiation survey at request of Sri Lanka customs.maximum radiation level recorded was 2 micro seivert per hour on the surface of the container. Measurement of the container for radiation using the following instruments confirmed that the one or more items of the container were contaminated with both Cs-137 and Cs-134 radioactive materials.
A portal monitor at Colombo port was triggered by a container arrived from Mumbai India and Sri Lanka customs informed the AEA that container showed a high radiation level. The AEA team visited the site on 13.09.2012 and detailed analysis of the container was done with portable radiation survey meters and nuclide analyzers. One side of the container indicated high radiation level. container was opened and contaminated items were identified. 128 packages of steel bowl were contaminated with Co-60.