Thursday, November 25, 2004


Dutch company may participate in recovering Russian submarine K-159



ST. PETERSBURG. Nov 23 (Interfax-Northwest) - The Dutch company Mammoet will likely participate in raising the K-159 submarine from the bottom of the Barents Sea.

A company official told Interfax on Tuesday that the Russian Malakhit design board, which is planning the raising of the submarine, has invited Mammoet to share in the project but an official invitation will not likely be issued until Russia resolves the crucial financing issue.

The official did not rule out the possibility that Malakhit is engaged in similar talks with other companies.

No significant decisions are likely to be made before the end of the year, he said. What may be important for Russian though is that Mammoet cooperated with Russian organizations in raising the Kursk nuclear-powered submarine, the official said. He added that Mammoet is prepared to provide aid again.

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