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Order of February 6, 2021 No. 264-r

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Order of February 6, 2021 No. 264-r

The waters of the Far Eastern Federal District (DFO) will be freed from sunken ships. The plan of measures aimed at solving this problem was approved by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The implementation of the action plan will eliminate the negative impact of abandoned ships on the environment, and will make navigation in the waters of the Far Eastern Federal District safer.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko, the Magadan Region will act as a pilot region for raising ships. In the Nagaev Bay, the lifting and removal of the first four vessels must be carried out within 60 days from the date of signing the state contract with the contractor. Until July of this year, the Ministry of Transport, together with the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Property Management Agency, will assess the prospects for spreading the experience gained in the Magadan region to other constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

“With the support of the Prime Minister, we have come to a solution to the problem that has been accumulating for decades. We are giving a start to the practical implementation of “general cleaning”, clearing the country’s water areas from sunken ships ”, – commented Victoria Abramchenko. She noted the particular importance of such works both for the ecology of the territories and for the purposes of economic development, increasing their tourist and recreational potential, ensuring proper navigation and fishing.

The Deputy Prime Minister noted that at the same time, by March 1, 2021, the Ministry of Transport, Rosmorrechflot, the administrations of seaports and inland waterway basins, together with the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District, should form a list of sunken and subject to recovery. By April 1, orders on the need to raise the remaining sunken vessels will be sent to the well-known owners, who will have to turn to the captains of the seaports for setting deadlines and issuing permits for lifting ships. The Ministry of Transport has been instructed once a year (from March 1, 2022) to send a report to the Government on the situation with clearing the water areas.

In addition, as noted by the Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko, the road map provides for the improvement of legislation in this area. In particular, during the spring session, a draft federal law will be introduced to the State Duma, providing for the establishment of a procedure for the removal of sunken property.

“On the one hand, conditions will be created for the recovery of the ships remaining at the bottom, compensation for environmental damage, and on the other hand, to prevent such harmful practices in the future from the ship owners. Flooding is not recycling, it is the creation of a ship graveyard, which negatively affects not only the ecology of water bodies, but also the economic development of territories. Property owners should be responsible for the decommissioning of their vessels, and a clear procedure will be formulated for this, ”said Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko.

The Road Map was adopted following the results of Mikhail Mishustin’s working trip to the Far East. Then the Prime Minister visited the fish terminal of the Magadan seaport, where, in particular, he discussed with local residents the problem of disposal of sunken ships.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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