With the acquisition, Virma wins a long-lasting fight with the powerful Intraros, a group closely associated with business tycoon Gennady Timchenko. The two companies were the only bidders for the state-owned fleet. Intraros offered 80 million rubles less that Virma, newspaper Vedomosti reports.
The Arkhangelsk Trawler Fleet is with its significant quotas one of the major players in the Russian fish industry. The company owns a total of 21 trawlers and controls major infrastructure as well as a fish processing plant. As previously reported, the privatization of the fleet has been followed by a major political hassle between conflicting corporate and public interests. The Arkhangelsk regional administration has from its side stressed that the company must remain based in the region in order to meet social obligations.
After several years of major deficits, the company in 2012 had a net profit of 32,9 million rubles.
The new owner of the Arkhangelsk trawlers is a company controlled by the Union of Northern Fish Processors (SRPS), a powerful group of industrial interests, many of them based in Murmansk. The SRPS reportedly controls 100 percent of the Russian crab quotas and as much as 40 percent of halibut quotas. The company controls a total of 15 crab fishing vessels and several trawlers. According to sources in the fishery industry, the owners of the SRPS are Dmitry Ozersky and Gennady Mirgorodsky, Vedomosti reports.
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.