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Wreck of Petro­za­vodsk to be remo­ved

The Rus­si­an fishery sup­port ves­sel Petro­za­vodsk ran aground on the sou­the­as­tern shore of Bjørnøya in May 2009. A recent report sta­tes that small amounts of envi­ron­men­tal toxins inclu­ding bro­mi­na­ted fla­me retar­dants, lead, cad­mi­um and others are still on board and can be tra­ced in sea-bot­tom sedi­ment and mari­ne orga­nisms adja­cent to the wreck, alt­hough con­cen­tra­ti­ons are so far repor­ted not to be harmful to mari­ne life.

The wreck sits at the bot­tom of some of the lar­gest sea­bird colo­nies of the north Atlan­tic, which are strict­ly pro­hi­bi­ted by Nor­we­gi­an law. The Sys­sel­man­nen has now recom­men­ded that the ves­sel, which is alre­a­dy bro­ken into two parts, should be remo­ved, ack­now­led­ging that this ope­ra­ti­on would be cos­t­ly and may its­elf lead to the release of envi­ron­men­tal­ly dan­ge­rous sub­s­tances or invol­ved per­son­nel being put at risk.

The wreck of Petro­za­vodsk on the sou­the­as­tern coast of Bjørnøya, ear­ly July 2010

Wreck of Petrozavodsk to be removed

Quel­le: Sys­sel­man­nen

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