Unloading a transport cask
This photo was taken in the port of Cherbourg while unloading the Pacific Sandpiper, a special-purpose vessel designed to carry radioactive materials between Japan and France. In one direction, spent fuel packages from Japanese power plants are unloaded for processing in La Hague. Several years later, MOX fuel assemblies and vitrified waste from the reprocessing activity are shipped back to Japan. These marine transportation operations are rare and tightly controlled.