Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bonus Process Wednesday: The US Navy's newest chemical plant

From the Reuters wire comes news that the U.S. Navy is planning to actually be deploying the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System (that I had blogged about) on the MV Cape Ray to destroy Syria's nerve agents (emphasis mine):
The U.S. government has begun outfitting a ship in its reserve ready force with equipment to enable it to destroy some of Syria's chemical weapons at sea in the event Washington is asked to assist in the effort, a defense official said on Sunday. 
The Maritime Administration vessel MV Cape Ray is being equipped with the newly developed Field Deployable Hydrolysis System, which was designed by the Defense Department to neutralize components used in chemical weapons, a defense official said on condition of anonymity. 
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which supervising the disposal of Syria's chemical arms, said last week the United States had offered to destroy some of the components on a U.S. ship and was looking for a Mediterranean port where the work could be carried out.
Say, what's that boat ship doing over there? Oh, it's just neutralizing chemical weapons. (Does a Pfaudler warranty for a titanium reactor cover saltwater exposure?) The Washington Post says that 2 of the units will be installed on the Cape Ray.

(The Beeb has some nervous questions about it, specifically how Syria's chemical weapons are going to get from where they're stored now to the Cape Ray. Details, details.)

UPDATE: The Guardian says that a Danish ship will be used to transfer the chemical weapons from the harbor to the Cape May. Wow. 

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