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Norwegians dismantle Soviet radioactive ship. Workers have begun deconstructing a hazardous Soviet warship that ran aground off the coast of Finnmark over 10 years ago. The ‘Murmansk’ was on a journey southwards to be decommissioned and scrapped when it was caught in a storm, sinking outside Sørvær on Christmas Eve in 1994.   Weighing 17,000 tons and 211 metres in length the ship, originally manned by a crew of 1,800, has become not only a nuisance to locals, but also a hazard.

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Norwegians dismantle Soviet radioactive ship

Published on Saturday, 4th June, 2011 at 13:50 under the news category, by Kyle Blythe.
Last Updated on 5th June 2011 at 20:55.

Workers have begun deconstructing a hazardous Soviet warship that ran aground off the coast of Finnmark over 10 years ago.

'Murmansk'
'Murmansk'
Photo: AF Gruppen


The ‘Murmansk’ was on a journey southwards to be decommissioned and scrapped when it was caught in a storm, sinking outside Sørvær on Christmas Eve in 1994.  

Weighing 17,000 tons and 211 metres in length the ship, originally manned by a crew of 1,800, has become not only a nuisance to locals, but also a hazard.

Residents in the fishing village have raised concerns for years about the threat to their health and the environment.

In 2005, the Mayor of Hasvik, Eva Husby, wrote to Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Helga Pedersen stating the wreck could contain dangerous chemicals, reports NRK.

Ms Pedersen, now Labour’s (Ap) Parliamentary leader, acknowledged fears, advising in a recent press statement that “the government is taking local worries about the wreck seriously.”

The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) has also confirmed evidence of radioactive pollutants aboard the ship.

Norway’s Coastal Administration (NCA) has now commissioned AF Decom to remove the ship.

Using a method considered safest for health, the environment, as well as for technical feasibility, the company will be dry-docking ‘Murmansk’ at its current location, before breaking the wreck up with construction machinery.

AF and the NCA are documenting the ship’s removal, and have installed a webcam providing a live feed of the deconstruction.



Published on Saturday, 4th June, 2011 at 13:50 under the news category, by Kyle Blythe.
Last updated on 5th June 2011 at 20:55.

This post has the following tags: murmansksovietship, norwegianradiationprotectionauthority, soervaerwreck.





  
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