Construction after 2021 of the environmental fleet for 3.1 billion rubles. is included in the program of social and economic development of the Arctic, said the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia Sergei Donskoy at a meeting of members of the Maritime College under the government of the Russian Federation.
“The state program of social and economic development of the Arctic, on the initiative of the Ministry, included an event for the construction of the nature protection fleet in order to ensure environmental supervision in the seas and on the continental shelf in 2021 with a funding volume of 3.1 billion rubles,” Donskoi said.
According to him, such a fleet will increase the safety of maritime activities and will significantly level out possible environmental risks for marine ecosystems.
Another way to reduce environmental risks, the minister called the transition to the use of ships on liquefied natural gas (LNG), or Green Shipping. He suggested starting with the Northern Sea Route.
“Construction of icebreakers using LNG as fuel has already begun. The first such vessel, Polaris, was built on the Finnish shipyard Arctech, owned by the Russian USC. In turn, the Ministry of Natural Resources, within the framework of implementing the projects of the Arctic Council, participates in the creation of three river tankers for LNG for Volgotrans, the minister added.
He noted that the Ministry of Natural Resources also initiated a project for the construction of ships and the preparation of safe from the point of view of the sea ecology of the GSHipping routes, under which the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a preferential credit line for 100 Russian environmental contribution to the global environmental fund million euro, which is currently frozen.