Norway fines French Arctic adventurer

2017-03-21 21:37
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Oslo - A Norwegian court on Tuesday slapped the leader of a French maritime expedition in the Arctic with a fine of $3 500 for violating the regulations of the Svalbard archipelago.

Gilles Elkaim was convicted of violating several local rules including anchoring in a forbidden nature reserve, failing to notify the authorities of his stops in protected areas and travelling with dogs without necessary veterinary authorisation.

A court in Tromso, located in northern Norway, also ruled the 56-year-old Frenchman must reimburse legal costs of about $1 500.

"It's a safe bet that we will appeal the decision if it's not favourable," Elkaim said earlier, slamming the case as a "parody of justice".

Pump failure

Norwegian authorities impounded his Arktika 2.0 vessel, a 15m sailboat carrying three people and seven sled dogs in Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard, in October last year.

Elkaim claims to have decided to spend winter in a northeastern fjord of the archipelago due to a pump failure and bad weather that prevented his boat from reaching its point of departure in the Arctic.

The purpose of a planned two-year expedition was to drift in icy waters between the islands of New Siberia and Greenland, then reach the North Pole by sledge.


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