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					KYSTDIREKTORATET
                                                                                         Horten 19. desember 2006

       PRESS RELEASE


       The Norwegian Coastal Administration recommends encasing
       and covering the wreck of the submarine U-864
       Based on field studies performed during the past three years, the Norwegian
       Coastal Administration recommends encasing the wreckage of U-864 and covering
       the sediments surrounding the wreck. Such an encasement would prevent the
       mercury in the wreck from leaking into the marine environment.

       World-wide, about 30 large-scale encasing and coverage operations of mercury-
       contaminated debris have been performed in the past 20 years. Extensive
       documentation shows that these measures have been effective. Encasing and
       covering the wreck are regarded as permanent environmental protection measures.
       The Norwegian Coastal Administration recommends covering the wreckage with a
       special type of sand as an absorption layer, and reinforcing the upper layer to
       prevent erosion.

       The Norwegian Coastal Administration does not recommend raising the wreck of
       the U-864 due to a high operational risk and the considerable risk of further
       dispersal of the pollutant.

       The German submarine U-864 was sunk on 9 February 1945, on its way from
       Germany via Norway to Japan with a cargo of war material. According to historical
       documents, the submarine was carrying about 65 tonnes of metallic (liquid)
       mercury, stored in steel containers. The wreck of the U-864 was found by the Royal
       Norwegian Navy in March 2003. It lies at a depth of approx. 150 metres, about 2
       nautical miles west of Fedje.


       For more information, contact:

       Ane Eide Kjeras, Information Officer
       The Norwegian Coastal Administration

       Phone: + 47 33 03 48 14
       Mob.: + 47 90 09 92 27




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