UPDATE: The vessel’s owner is safe and sound in Norway. Two friends of the owner were on their way to Norway with the boat when the rudder broke. After one week trying to sail with a makeshift rudder, they were rescued by a passing cruise vessel and abandoned the sailing boat.
Vessels from the Northern Fleet and Black Sea Fleet that are on a trans-Atlantic campaign on Saturday discovered an abandoned 10-meter long single-masted sailing boat carrying the Norwegian flag in the Bermuda triangle. Sails and rudders on the boat were partly broken.
Navy personnel entered the boat, where they found identification papers of a 65 year old Norwegian man who probably was the vessel’s owner, TV Zvezda reports.
The sailing boat is being tugged to harbor in Havana, Cuba. All information about the findings has been given to the naval command. There is no information about any missing Norwegian sailor in Norwegian media yet.
The Russian vessel group includes the Black Sea Fleet’s missile cruiser “Moskva”, the Northern Fleet’s destroyer “Vice Admiral Kulakov”, supply vessels and tankers. The group was formed in Portuguese waters on July 18 and is expected to reach Cuba on August 4, Murmanskiy Vestnik reports.
Russia plans to resume testing of the submarine-launched ballistic missile Bulava this summer. The country’s two newest strategic nuclear-powered submarines will start trials as soon as the ice conditions in the White Sea will allow.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
More than 900 reindeer die of hunger on the Russian Arctic island of Kolguyev following a critical lack of available local pasturelands. The reindeer stocks in the area are too badly managed, regional authorities admit.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.