MURMANKS, January 21 (RAPSI) – Russian trawl ship Oleg Naidenov, detained by the Senegalese auhtortities, remains in docked in Dakar, despite the previous release agreements, says Yuri Parshev of Phoenix, company that owns the ship.
According to Parshev, both sides reached an agreement that the ship should be released on Monday, and expected the ship to get back at fishing. No official charges have been made still, he added.
Each day of Oleg Naidenov spends moored in the dock costs the ship owner 1 million rubles ($30,000), and the total damage to the company now amounts to 19 million rubles ($565,000).
The Russian-flagged Oleg Naidenov was detained by Senegalese border guards on January 4 with 62 Russians and 23 Bissau-Guinean crew members on board. After its detention, the ship was transported to the port of the Senegalese capital of Dakar, where it remains thus far.
Senegalese officials threatened the ship's owners with a fine of $800,000 for illegal fishing.
The ship’s captain and several crew members complained of physical abuse by Senegalese border guards. Guinea-Bissau detained several Senegalese fishing boats on Monday in alleged retaliation against the detention of its nationals, who remain on board the Oleg Naidenov.
Russia’s Federal Fisheries Agency said earlier that the negotiations failed because of an alleged Greenpeace intrusion.