RENNES (REUTER) - A ship carrying processed nuclear waste from France to Japan will skirt Africa and sail through the southwest Pacific to reach the port of Mutsu Ogawara by mid-March, the reprocessing company said on Tuesday. The French state company COGEMA gave no other details than saying the ship would sail around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa, across the Indian Ocean and through the southwest Pacific. New Zealand and other South Pacific nations have expressed concern that the ship`s route will take it through their self-declared nuclear-free area. The waste initially came from Japan and was processed at La Hague under a deal between the French state company COGEMA (Compagnie Generale des Matieres Nucleaires) and 10 Japanese power companies. Greenpeace, which is protesting at the secrecy surrounding such shipments, said it expected 3,000 cargoes of plutonium waste to be moved over the next 10 to 15 years.