A minister in Peru's military Government denied this week that the harbour at Paita was being used by the Soviet Navy as an atomic submarine base.
GV Fishing boats covered in flags in Paita Harbour (2 shots)
GV Crowds watch from shore
GV People holding large banner calling for 200-mile fishing limit
GV Pesca Peru fish canning factory building (2 shots)
GV INT Women skinning and flaking fish (4 shots)
SV Women canning tuna fish
CU & SV Tins on conveyor belt (2 shots)
SV Tins of fish coming out of machine and one being inspected
SV & CU Fish being de-gutted and packed into boxes (2 shots)
GV EXT Aircraft flying overhead PAN DOWN TO large crowd in square
GTV Massive crowd in square
SCW Peruvian Minister of Fisheries speaking to crowd
GV Crowd cheering
GV Harbour with shipping
GV Submarines in harbour (2 shots)
GV Fishing boats in harbour
Initials BB/1710 NPJ/AW/BB/1730
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: A minister in Peru's military Government denied this week that the harbour at Paita was being used by the Soviet Navy as an atomic submarine base. He was the Minister of Fisheries, General Javier Tantalean Vanini, who was opening the new industrial fisheries complex at the port.
He said that reports that Russian atomic submarines were based at the port, were just rumours spread by "enemies of the revolution". As he was speaking at the opening ceremony, two unidentifiable submarines were clearly visible anchored in the bay.
The Peruvian Government claims that the Paita Fisheries complex will be the biggest in the world by 1984. The sections that had been completed in time for the opening were the port area, the canning factory, and the freezing factory.
Paita Port lies on the northern coast of Peru, and provides about fifty per cent of Peru's annual fish catch for human consumption. To begin with it will be processing about 250 tons of fish per day, but later it is expected to cope with a daily total of 360 tons. The Paita complex will provide employment for about 3,500 people.
Russia provided 2.3 million dollars (GBP1 million sterling), for the supply and installation of generating and refrigeration machinery in the complex. The equipment was estimated to cost about 500,000 dollars less and the difference covered the cost of technical assistance, installation and financing charges.
Peruvian technicians also received training in the Soviet Union under a peruvian-Russian technical cooperation agreement, and some Peruvian students received scholarships to study at fisheries institutes in Russia.
Equipment for the canning and freezing factories was supplied by Denmark and Japan. The canning factory is a wholly-owned Peruvian enterprise. The freezing factory company has been formed by Peruvian state-owned enterprises in cooperation with Mitsubishi and Saiyo of Japan.