Court to reconsider $2.13 mln against Defense Ministry for submarine's repair
MOSCOW, November 17 - RAPSI, Alyona Yegorova. A Moscow district commercial court submitted for reconsideration a lawsuit filed by the Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard to recover 65.794 million rubles ($2.13 million) from the Pacific Fleet Management Department state enterprise and the Defense Ministry for nuclear submarine repairs, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) on Thursday.
Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard is a leading Russian shipyard. It is involved in repairing nuclear submarines and is the only enterprise in the Far East specializing in reequipping and modernizing nuclear submarines, the enterprise's official website reads.
In autumn 2009, the Russian authorities decided to build a joint shipyard with South Korea to construct a fishing fleet.
The Defense Ministry entered into a state contract with the Zvezda shipyard to repair the "Omsk" submarine cruiser in June 2007.
Russia allocated 449.963 million rubles ($14.61 million) for the repairs to extend Omsk's lifespan. However, the shipyard discovered that additional repairs not stipulated in the contract were also needed during their activities.
The shipyard repaired "Omsk" in full and spent over 65 million rubles ($2.11 million) in doing so. However, the state enterprises did not pay for their additional expenses.
Thus, the shipyard appealed to the court.
The shipyard gave "Omsk" to the Pacific Fleet in August 2008. The solemn ceremony was held in the city of Bolshoy Kamen in the Primorye Territory.
On November 16, the court overruled lower-court decisions previously upholding the shipyard's lawsuit.