Tivat – charge d’affaires in the embassy of the USA in Podgorica Arlin Feril, has officially yesterday, on the festivity in Tivat’s Arsenal, a regional center for the training of the divers and underwater de – mining (RCUD) from Bijela, given a ship for the support of the divers for the research and de – mining of the underwater world to use, and it got the name “Explorer”.
“Explorer” is actually a former hydrographic barge BH – 11 of the Navy of Montenegro, which RCUD was given to a year ago by the former Minister of defense of Serbia and Montenegro, Prvoslav Davinic.
By the donation of the Government of the USA, BH – 11 was completely repaired and reconstructed, in Arsenal, into a ship for the support for diving and research of the underwater world. Among the valuable equipment for the research of the underwater world the device for the mapping of the sea bottom and sank objects through the ultra sound stands out.
American people, through state department and IFT – International fund for de – mining and help to the victims of the mines from Ljubljana, had donated 92.000 dollars for the equipping of the ship and the affairs of remodeling, which were done by the shipbuilding factory in Tivat.
This boat is adapted and modernly equipped in order to serve in the following period for the training of the divers for the underwater de – mining and underwater research, as well as for the training of the sports divers, who will use their knowledge to protect the sea. “Explorer”. “Explorer” will be used for the necessities of Montenegrin, but also for the necessities of diver from the entire region – said the director of RCUD – Vesko Mijailovic. Thanking to the Americans for the donation, he added that that vessel represents also a great advantage for further development and popularization of Montenegro as an attractive destination for the diving tourism.
– One of the best aspects of this project is that this ship, which earlier was used in military purposes, is now being used in peaceful purposes – said Arlin Feril.
Reminding that the Government of the USA until now has donated about 950.000 dollars, she emphasized that she considers that to be very useful “because our help has been used for the construction of some very unique capabilities of RCUD”.