In 1990, the inhabitants of this former fishing village were forced to vacate when Sayda Bay became a military area for storing hulls and reactor compartments from nuclear submarines dismantled at Severodvinsk, Nerpa, and Gadzhiyevo. The bay itself is approximately 10 kilometers long and two to three kilometers wide, with a 100-meter-wide mouth. The base includes three piers, the oldest of which could sink at any time, according to experts at the base, and scarce funds prevent the construction of new piers. As of April 1995, twelve nuclear submarine hulls and twelve reactor compartments were docked at these piers. While the spent fuel has been removed from these twelve reactor compartments, one contains 20 metric tons of solid radioactive waste.
In 1998, jurisdiction over the storage facility was transferred to the Nerpa Shipyard. As of February 2001, 43 nuclear submarine reactors were stored afloat in special metal protective enclosures; two of the reactors had not yet been defueled. Nerpa experts do not know the condition of the reactors or radiation levels inside the containers because the military has not revealed this information.
Североморск– 20,8 км
Мурманск– 32,1 км
Защитникам Советского Заполярья в годы Великой Отечественной войны (Алеша)– 29 км