Danish ship Ark Futura (L) is docked next to US ship Cape Ray at port of Gioia Tauro, southern Italy, on July 2, 2014 for the transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to be destroyed.
GIOIA TAURO, Italy: A Danish freighter carrying Syrian chemical weapons arrived at a port in southern Italy on Wednesday ahead of their destruction at sea.
The weapons are to be transferred to a US military ship and then destroyed in international waters in the final phase of a programme to rid Syria of its chemical arms stockpile.
The port of Gioia Tauro has stepped up security for the shipment's arrival, sealing off access roads and barring entry to any non-authorised people, while a military helicopter flew overhead.
The chemical agents will be transferred from the Danish ship the Ark Futura to the US cargo vessel MV Cape Ray and then destroyed.
Syria shipped out its stockpile of chemical weapons under the terms of a UN-backed and US-Russia brokered agreement to head off Western air strikes against the regime last year. (AFP)