The company and owner of the Russian Oleg Naydyonov trawler detained in Senegal expects that all issues with the release of the boat will be resolved on Monday, director of the Murmansk company Phoenix, which owns the Oleg Naydyonov, Yury Parshev told Interfax.
"Meetings were held during the weekend and it has been accorded that Monday is the day when the vessel should go to sea," Parshev said.
Thus, the detention of the Oleg Naydyonov trawler detained in early January will amount to 17 days. It concerns posting bail with an appeal in court to follow, not paying a fine, Parshev said.
The Oleg Naydyonov trawler was detained by Senegalese servicemen on January 3 in the Atlantic Ocean, 46 miles off the shore of Guinea-Bissau. The crew of the ship is comprised of 62 Russian citizens and 23 natives of Guinea-Bissau. Their detention was carried out without an explanation of the reasons behind it and the vessel was escorted to the military port of Dakar.
The Senegalese authorities claim that the Russian boat was fishing illegally in the economic zone of Senegal, while according to the Oleg Naydyonov's captain, the trawler was in the zone of Guinea-Bissau. Russia is preparing to file a lawsuit with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg.
Russia's fisheries agency Rosrybolovstvo said that it felt that the incident was related to the growing competition for biological resources on the western coast of Africa.