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Special patrol boat for environmental raids

2011-08-19

Next week, a new patrol boat equipped with special equipment for marine environmental protection control and accident prevention will be put out to the Baltic Sea. The Environmental Protection Department of Klaipėda Region, the new owner of the boat, named it “Jurinis” (“Marine”). This is how ancient Lithuanians called the west wind.

The new boat, which will patrol the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Bay, is equipped with a modern offshore oil spill detection system. It will help locate such spills within a radius of several kilometres and model their possible movement depending on the local weather conditions. In the Curonian Bay, the boat will protect wildlife: it will carry out special environmental controls during the fish spawning period.

The purchase of the boat was supported by the EU. The European Regional Development fund contributed LTL 5.6 million. “This modern sea patrol will help our country meet its international commitments and comply with national legislation on the marine environmental protection and control as well as accident prevention, reduce the impact of marine transport and activities on the marine environment, efficiently control the use of natural resources and ensure better protection of marine biodiversity”, said Andrius Kairys, Director of the Environmental Protection Department of Klaipėda Region, highlighting the advantages of the new boat. The vessel that was previously used for environmental purposes is no longer serviceable or reliable.

Prepared by the Ministry of Environment, tel. 266 3660

19 August 2011

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas