Russia demands NOK 90 million in bail to release trawler
The Norwegian foreign service is working on the case where a Norwegian prawn trawler is held back in Murmansk by the Russian Coast Guard. Russia demands NOK 90 million in bail.
The Russian surety requirement is ten times greater than the value of the catch inside the vessel, according to ‘Fishing boat’ (Fiskebåt). Fiskebåt is an interest and employer’s organization for the Norwegian high seas fishing fleet.
– The request is in no way comparable to the realities of the case, and this requirement means that the situation is not possible for the ship owners to handle.
Responsibility lies with Norwegian Governing powers
Additionally, responsibility lies with Norwegian Governing powers. We had hoped that the case would be resolved quickly, says Audun Maråk, Managing Director of the organization.
The vessel ‘Remøy‘ with 17 people on board, was stopped in a routine control by the Russian coast guard and transported to Murmansk on May 10th . This happened after discrepancies surrounding the license to fish in Russian zone was discovered.
The Directorate of Fisheries has admitted that they failed to tick of trawling for shrimp fishing on Remøy’s application to the Russian authorities, according to NRK.
Two of the crew are from the Faroe Islands, the rest are Norwegian. The crew are dong well, says Fiskebåt.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) handles the contact with the Russian authorities on behalf of Remøy shipping, who is the owner of the trawler.
The original story about the arrest of the trawler can be found in this article.
Basic facts on the ‘Remøy’
- IMO: 9660451
- Name: REMOY
- MMSI: 258984000
- Vessel Type: TRAWLER
- Gross Tonnage: 3909
- Summer DWT: 1500 t
- Build: 2013
- Flag: NORWAY
- Home port: FOSNAVAAG
Read more about the vessel on the Marine Traffic website
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