The Russian Government has given Atomflot the task to work out a project for a unified center for reloading and service of all of the country’s nuclear-powered vessels: icebreakers, naval vessels and submarines, including submarines belonging to the Pacific Fleet. The center will probably also be handling the floating nuclear power plant “Akademik Lomonosov”, Bellona writes.
“The idea of concentrating service of civilian and military nuclear-powered objects under the competence of one single company has many advantages”, says leader of Bellona Murmansk Andrey Zolotkov. He believes that such a center can lead to a standardization of processes connected to repairs and service of nuclear installations and reloading of reactors. “Today there are large differences between equipment being used for reloading of civilian objects and military objects”.
But on the other hand is the question of economics and safety. Zolotkov suggests that Atomflot’s special service vessels will be sailing from Murmansk to the Pacific and back again along the Northern Sea Route – “and this is no short distance”, and on their way back they will probably have used radioactive fuel on board. Later the used radioactive material will have to be transported by railway to Siberia, where Russia’s plant for handling such material is located.
Bellona underlines that no decision has yet been taken on the question of establishing an all-Russian service base at Atomflot.
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.