As a consequence of increased activity and larger areas of responsibility in the High North, the Norwegian Government has decided to improve capacities for search and rescue on Svalbard.
The Tromsø-based company Lufttransport has won a tender to operate search and rescue (SAR) services for the Governor of Svalbard. The six years contract has a NOK 1,3 billion (app €177,4 million) price tag.
Lufttransport will have to Super Puma AS332L1 helicopters capable of conducting SAR in Arctic areas operational on Svalbard from April 1, 2014. The helicopters are equipped with the newest technology for search and improved equipment for communication and safety. They can take aboard up to 18 persons within a radius of 120 nautical miles.
“This means that we strengthen the emergency preparedness on Svalbard. We want to secure Norway’s abilities to take responsibility for rescue in our own and adjacent areas”, says Minister of Justice and Public Security Grete Faremo to the ministry’s web site.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.