The head of Kamchatka, Vladimir Solodov, asked to compensate part of the costs of lifting the ships sunken in the water area of the region through the federal budget. According to him, the lifting of ships can be completed in two to three years. The need to clear the water area was previously announced by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
“In the future, I consider it important to consolidate large lots so that it becomes expedient to massively raise scrap metal and compensate for a number of costs. Of course, some compensation will be required from the federal budget, ”said Mr. Solodov during his report to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko (quoted by RIA Novosti).
The head of Kamchatka explained the need for financing by the fact that scrap metal pays for no more than 10-15% of the total cost of lifting. In response to this, Mr. Chernyshenko noted that “the main thing here is not to get economic efficiency, but to fulfill the prime minister’s instructions and clean up the bay.” According to Vladimir Solodov, some of the vessels that have “grown into the bottom” will not be lifted, as it may turn out to be “very expensive”. “About half – about 40 vessels – will be raised. The real speed that we can reach is 15–20 ships per year. If the technology is developed, it will go faster, and we will be able to complete this work in two or three years, ”he said.
Mikhail Mishustin, during a visit to the Far East in August 2020, said that the region has opportunities for the development of tourism, but for this it is necessary to carry out a general cleaning there and clear the territory of landfills and “ship graveyards”.
For more details on the execution of the prime minister’s instructions, see the article by Kommersant, “The Far East is waiting for decisions.”