Russia intercepted Finnish research vessel in international waters
Russian military ships have twice recently intercepted the "Aranada" in international waters in the Baltic Sea, the the Finnish Environment Institute said on Oct 11, 2014. A Russian warship ordered the "Aranda" to change course east off the Swedish island of Gotland on Aug. 2, 2014, through radio contact. It obeyed the first but ignored the second request, and later noticed a submarine nearby. In September, a Russian helicopter and a military ship passed the vessel very close. The crew and Swedish researchers onboard considered the incident as threatening. In neither case did the Aranda change its course or speed and continued its research into marine samples in the area. Finland's foreign ministry said it was concerned by the preliminary information it had received about the incidents and that Finnish defence forces were investigating.
Research ship ARANDA investigates Baltic Sea radiation levels
The maritime research vessel Aranda on Saturday started a voyage aimed at determining the condition of waters in the eastern Gulf of Finland. Levels of radiation, oxygen and marine life at the sea floor of the Gulf will be examined in both Finnish and Russian territorial waters. Algae toxins and nutrient concentrations will also be monitored. Aranda set sail from the port of Kotka on Saturday. The Finnish Environmental Institute’s research vessel will also call in at St. Petersburg for a public exhibition of its work. The Baltic is the most radioactive sea in the world. Most radiation has seeped into the sediment at the floor of the sea. The largest single dose resulted from the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 25 years ago.Upload News