Russia seeking NOK 90 million bond for detained Norwegian vessel

Published on
May 24, 2017

A Norwegian fishing vessel has been detained in the Russian Coast Guard in the port of Murmansk, allegedly due to an error in the boat’s licensing documents for fishing in Russian waters.

Norway’s government is working to get the commercial fishing vessel released, while Russia is requested NOK 90 million (USD 10.8 million, EUR 9.6 million) in bail, according to Norway’s Ministry of Fisheries and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The bail amount is 10 times greater than the value of the catch on board the boat, according to Fiskebat, the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association.

“The requirement is in no way in relation to the realities of the case, and this requirement makes the situation not possible for management to handle,” said Audun Marack, CEO of Fiskebat.

The Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk said the crew of 17 are being well taken care of, according to Fiskebat.

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