Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation – Volgo-Baltic expedition Greenpeace scheduled on this morning still hasn’t started because of the obstacles from Russian River Register. The Boat “Beluga II” completely ready for sailing continues standing on the English embankment.
On yesterday evening a
representative of Russian River Register who had to examine the
vessel for compliance with the rules of passing vessels on inland
waters of the Russian Federation came to the embankment. The
inspector didn't contact with the captain, didn't came on boat,
didn't read the documents nevertheless he made a decision that the
boat didn't meet all the necessary requirements. However, the
official said that the shipowner might apply to the specialized
commercial organization, which for a fee could quickly resolve
these issues and bring the ship into compliance with current
regulations. And the statement of facts wasn't drawn up. Neither
the team nor the ship owner were not given any information about
the specific inconsistencies.
Today, at the urging of Greenpeace,
the examiner came to the boat again and examined it according to
the rules. However he again refused to approve sailing promised to
provide "an act of non-compliance", which until now has not been
received. Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation - Volgo-Baltic
expedition Greenpeace scheduled on this morning still hasn't
started because of the obstacles from Russian River Register. The
Boat "Beluga II" completely ready for sailing continues standing on
the English embankment.
The boat "Beluga II" regularly walks
on the rivers and seas of Europe, enters the ports of different
countries and meets all the international standards, has all the
certificates and equipment for safe walking on rivers and sees. The
crew of the Beluga II is dealing with such a problem for the first
"All this show that the officials
are deliberately preventing the expedition as there isn't any
reason for banning movement of the boat which has all the necessary
equipment and the certificates required by the international rules.
Compare to the other vessels regularly plying on the Saint
Petersburg water, "Beluga II" is in perfect technical conditions
and meets the highest safety standards" - convinced Dmitry
Artamonov, the head of the St. Petersburg branch of Greenpeace.
Greenpeace intends to apply to apply
to the Public Prosecutor of St. Petersburg due to the illegal
actions of representatives of the Russian River Register.
Earlier a statement of the Public
Council at the Federal Agency of sea and river transport appeared
in the mass media. The statement says that according to the order
of passage of foreign non-commercial pleasure and sporting boats on
inland waterways of the North-West and the White Sea-Onega basins
of Russia, foreign vessels are prohibited from conducting business,
missionary, fishing and research activities. However, the effect of
this order applies only to vessels of not more than 20 meters, for
which there is a simplified procedure for walking on the
territorial waters of Russia. "Beluga II" isn't such a boat so to
passes through the Volga-Baltic way a special order of the
Government of the Russian Federation was issued.
Recall that this morning Greenpeace
boat "Beluga II» had to go to the Volga-Baltic expedition. The
purpose of the expedition is to determine the degree of
contamination of Russian rivers in the part of its waterway and get
the authorities to ban the dumping untreated industrial effluents
into the river, including, through the sewerage system.
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