Over four weeks, the servicemen in The Northern Fleet’s ecology platoon collected about 176 tonnes of scrap metal on the Arctic Kotelny Island (New Siberian Islands Archipelago).
The ecology platoon began the works in early July, the Fleet’s Head of Press Service Captain 1st Rand Vadim Serga told reporters from the Russian news agency TASS.
During the current season, the military will collect about 300 tonnes of scrap metal. The ecology platoon will continue the cleaning on the Kotelny Island to September, he added.
"Over four weeks, they (the servicemen) collected, pressed and prepared for further transportation to the mainland about 176 tonnes of scrap metal," the Captain said.
"Those are 34,000 200-liter metal barrels (136,000 tonnes) and 40,000 tonnes of scrap metal, which have been there since the Soviet times."
"Everything they prepare for further transportation will be taken both by the Northern Fleet and by specially freighted vessels within the summer navigation along the Northern Sea Route," the Fleet’s representative said.
According to the news agency the fleet also continues similar work on other Arctic territories – such as on the islands of the Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land Archipelagos, amongst other places.