Talking to the press after his meeting in Moscow this week, Orlov underlined that the federal government supports the position of the regional administration. The trawler fleet will remain based in Arkhangelsk, and the buyer will have to meet a number of social obligations for the fleet employees, a press release reads.
As previously reported, the 100 percent state-owned trawler fleet is up for sale, and several key players in Russian fisheries and fish processing are about to place their bids. Among the companies which so far have approved for participation in the tender are the Virma company and the Severnye Investitsii. Also the powerful company “Russkoye More”, owned by amongst others oil tycoon Gennady Timchenko, has been approved.
Because of its important role in fish supplies, the Arkhangelsk Trawler Fleet has status as a “strategic” company, which means that foreign entities have restricted rights as bidders. Still, the “Russkoye More” has got the FSB’s blessing for participation in tender, although it is formally registered at Cyprus, Izvestia reports.
The tender is due early 2013.
The Arkhangelsk Trawler Fleet employs about 3000 people in Arkhangelsk Oblast. It has 20 trawlers and is one of the biggest catch quota owners in the Barents Sea. The price tag of the company is estimated to 1,9 billion RUB.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
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.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.