(ANSA) - Rome, March 6 - A Danish cargo vessel that is to be
used in a ship-to-ship transfer of Syrian chemical weapons in
the southern Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro could depart for
Italy at the end of April, the Organization for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Thursday.
The estimated time-frame was based on the current rate at
which Damascus is delivering its chemical arsenal for
destruction under the terms of a November 2013 international
So far, 25% of the material destined for destruction
outside the country has been loaded onto the Danish cargo ship
Ark Futura and the Norwegian vessel Taiko at the main port of
Latakia and at least two further consignments are expected this
Once fully loaded, the Danish vessel will sail to Gioia
Tauro where the weapons will be transferred to the American MV
Cape Ray before being destroyed in international waters.
The transfer will take place using special carriageways so
the chemical weapons do not have to touch land.
On Wednesday the head of the joint United Nations-OPCW
mission Sigrid Kaag said so far "about one third of Syrian
chemical weapons and materials have been removed or destroyed".
Under the November agreement, all Syrian chemical weapons
should be removed or destroyed by June 30.