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No removal of Russian shipwreck on Bear Island

Norwegian authorities consider a removal is too dangerous The wreck of the Russian transport vessel "Petrozavodsk" will not be removed from the remote Bear Island in the Arctic. Norwegian authorities consider a removal too dangerous.The Norwegian Coastal Administration has inspected the wreck and concluded that a removal cannot be done on safety reasons:- The wreck lies beneath a steep cliff with frequent rock slides. We consider it too dangerous to enter the wreck to prepare it for removal, says Johan Marius Ly in the coastal administration to NRK.The ship-owner has earlier been instructed to remove the wreck, but this order has now been withdrawn. All dangerous substances have already been removed."Petrozavodsk" ran aground right in the middle of the breeding area of large sea bird colonies in May 2009. Both the captain and mate of the vessel were charged for breaking the Maritime Code by drinking while on duty. Satellite tracks showed that the vessel held steady course straight towards the shore, as BarentsObserver reported.Bear Island is home to the largest bird colony on the Northern hemisphere, with some 1.5 million nesting birds. The island has been a nature reserve since 2011.Right after the accident, dead and injured seabirds were ...

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Greek government unable to salvage the wreck of Sea Diamond

Raising the wreck would cost more than 150 million Euro The Greek government on May 24, 2011, said it was not in a position to salvage the wreck of the "Sea Diamond" which sank of the coast of Santorini after it hit a rocky outcrop close to the islands shore in April 2007.The wreckage of the ship has remained on the sea bed ever since, much to the annoyance of the islands residents. Responding to a question in Parliament, Marine Affairs Minister Yiannis Diamantidis said that the government could not afford to remove the ships hulk.Raising the wreck would cost more than 150 million Euro, this being an issue that the shipowner and insurance company have to deal with. Louis Cruise Lines, which owned the ship, has firmly rejected any responsibility for the sinking.Source: Vesseltracker

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