Russian Pacific Fleet to deliver 10,000 metric tons of freight to remote Arctic and Far Eastern regions
The Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet will deliver 10,000 metric tons of freight to remote Far Eastern regions, including Arctic areas, in line with expedition projects and the Arctic freight delivery program, RIA Novosti reports, quoting Roman Martov, head of the Information Support Department of the Eastern Military District's press service.
"Seven bulkers and tankers from partner companies and auxiliary Pacific Fleet vessels will deliver freight. During the first stage, there are plans to deliver all petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) to the Primorye Territory. In the first 10 days of June, shipments will arrive at remote areas in the Kuril Islands, the Magadan Region, Chukotka, Kamchatka and Arctic ports on Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt," Martov said.
In all, there are plans to deliver about 10,000 metric tons of petroleum, oil and lubricants, coal, firewood, ammunition and food to 30 light-houses and observation posts in remote sectors of the Sea of Japan, the Okhotsk Sea, the Kuril Islands, the Bering Island, Anadyr and Magadan, Martov noted.
"An environmental protection unit will be established during freight deliveries to Arctic areas. Its members will collect waste and equipment that have expended their service life, and they will deliver these items to mainland Russia for subsequent recycling. Expedition-project deliveries will depend on weather conditions and will last until October 1, 2016," Martov added.
With the onset of cold weather, regular sea links will only be maintained with the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Chukotka Autonomous Area and the Magadan Region.