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"Out, Pacific Swan of Chilean seas," hung up by Greenpeace activists at a building housing the British embassy in Santiago, January 9, 2001. The vessel "Pacific Swan," owned by a unit of British Nuclear Fuels, is loaded with 76.8 tones of vitrified spent fuel, a highly radioactive product made of waste material from Japanese nuclear reactors. The ship is scheduled to sail past Cape Horn mid January, an area renowned for its strong currents that make navigation difficult. Greenpeace activists said that the amount of radioactivity released into the environment in the case of an accident would be comparable to that of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in Ukraine.