Transport Minister Austin Gatt said in parliament on Tuesday evening that the containers that arrived in Malta with radioactive material had originally left Kazakhstan. The containers were loaded onto CMA CGM Magellan at Le Havre and brought to Malta. Replying to questions by Labour MP Joseph Sammut, Gatt said that usually the trip takes five days but it depends on the conditions of the sea.
Gatt also said that CMA CGM Magellan does not carry radio active material every time it comes to Malta.
Kazakhstan has 15% of the world's uranium resources and an expanding mining sector, producing some 19,450 tonnes U in 2011, and planning for further increase to 2018.
In 2009 it became the world's leading uranium producer, with almost 28% of world production, then 33% in 2010 and about 35% in 2011.