The Russian trawler Melkart was accused for pollution in Barents Sea. The vessel was boarded by Norwegian Coast Guard at the terminal in Batsfjord, who spotted earlier the fishing trawler to dump fish overboard on several nautical miles off the shore. The local authorities and coast guard imposed a fine to the skipper and ship owner of the Russian trawler Melkart. The vessel was detained at the port of Batsfjord, Norway until further investigation for the accident and pollution. If skipped and ship operator refuse to pay the fines, the vessel will be arrested and even might be confiscated.
According to official statement of Norwegian Coast Guard, the skipper of Russian trawler Melkart was fined with 3,600 USD fine, while operator of the vessel received penalty of quite higher amount.
The Russian trawler Melkart (IMO: 7426863) has overall length of 56.00 m, moulded beam of 11.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 735 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,021 GRT. The Russian trawler Melkart is owned and operated by the company Murman Seafood.