Canadian specialists to check shipyard Zvezdochka after tragedy

Publish date: August 11, 2005

A delegation from Canada arrived at Zvezdochka plant for inspection after two workers died while dismantling a nuclear power submarine. Canada sponsored the dismantling.

The head of the delegation is one of the Global Partnership Program in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, who supervises programs on nuclear submarine dismantling, Interfax reported referring to the sources in Zvezdochka. The Canadian specialists requested the inspection after the last week tragedy when during the dismantling works sponsored by Canada two young workers died.

The members of the delegation intend to inspect the place of the tragedy and the materials of the interdepartmental commission investigating the accident. They will also examine the Russian safety regulations for such works. Earlier the official representative in the Canadian embassy said to Interfax that the Canadian government takes the accident very serious.

Canada pledged total $100m in the frames of the Global Partnership Program for Russian nuclear submarines dismantling. At the moment one Canada sponsored nuclear sub Victor-I class is dismantled, two Victor-III class submarines are being dismantled now. When visiting Severodvinsk in April, the Canadian Ambassador said Canada would sponsor dismantling of 12 submarines during four years: three subs per year, Interfax reported.