Italian delegation visited Zvezdochka shipyard

Publish date: March 19, 2004

Late January Italian representatives had the first talks about funding of nuclear submarines’ dismantling and the shipyard’s infrastructure development.

Italy promised to allocate 360m euros for Russian nuclear submarines’ dismantling and environmental nuclear safety programs during 10 years. The first talks on implementation of this program took place at the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk in the end of January, Nord Media Company reported. The Italian delegation spent two days examining the shipyard’s capacity and talking to the specialists.

The Italians said at the meeting that their main wish is to contribute practically to the rapid and safe submarines dismantling in the frames of G8 partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Therefore, the meeting in Severodvinsk was mostly dedicated to financing of the dismantling works and further improvement of the Zvezdochka infrastructure. However, the source of Nord Media Company in Severodvinsk said the first practical steps of Italy in this direction were expected not before summer.