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Unique shipping operation to Pechenga

Unique shipping operation to Pechenga 27.10.2008
The cargo ship Storfoss yesterday delivered fish feed to two salmon farms in the Pechenga Bay. The operation is the first of its kind to the bay, which is part of the militarized Russian border zone.

The Storfoss, a ship owned by Eimskip, operates within the frames of the Northern Maritime Corridor (NMC) project, an EU-supported initiative on the facilitation of shipping between western European and Northwest Russian ports.

The ship delivered 270 tons of feed to the two salmon farms in the bay, both of them run by the company Russian Salmons.

Representative of Eimskip, Trond Lorentzen, says to BarentsObserver that there were no problems with Russian customs and veterinary authorities and that he is very content with the operation. He also praises Russian Salmons for good service and cooperation.

Project leader in the Stratmos project Northern Maritime Corridor, Harald Sorensen from the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, says the operation is a new and important step for the NMC.

- The regular shipping to the Pechenga is something new, not at least considering that this is a border zone with business restrictions. The fact that foreign companies see the value and possibility to use the sea-way instead of land roads is evidence of the fruitfulness of our work, Mr. Sorensen underlines.

Source: www.barentsobserver.com, photo: the Storfoss (skipsrevyen.no)

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