The Arctic Sunrise ship seized and anchored in the Murmansk seaport after the Greenpeace demonstration near the Russian Prirazlomnaya oilrig in the Pechora Sea may be restored within several weeks, Interfax learned from Greenpeace Russia.
The Arctic Sunrise needs an extensive overhaul after being idle and deprived of any maintenance for nine months, Greenpeace Russia quoted captain Daniel Rizzotti as saying on Friday.
He said the ship was a mess and a substantial part of navigation and communication equipment was either missing or damaged. All systems of the ship will be restored in a few weeks so that the ship can depart from Murmansk, the captain said. He said they wanted to restore the icebreaker's capacity to join the Greenpeace Arctic conservancy campaign.
Greenpeace said on June 27 the crew had returned to the Arctic Sunrise kept under arrest in the Murmansk seaport for nine months.
The Russian Investigative Committee repealed the Arctic Sunrise arrest on June 6. The ship was detained after environmentalists had protested against oil drilling by the Prirazlomnaya rig in the Pechora Sea.
The State Duma declared an amnesty in December 2013 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution and the Arctic Sunrise crew qualified for the amnesty.
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