New Arctic supertanker starts commercial operation.
The Mikhail Ulyanov Arctic supertanker built at the Admiralty Shipyards to Sovcomflot's order has been supplied to the Russian commercial fleet. The tanker goes on its first voyage on Sunday. It will carry several tens of thousands of petroleum products from the Primorsk seaport in the Leningrad region to West European terminals.
The tanker has the deadweight of 70,000 tonnes, the length of 257 meters and the width of 34 meters, Admiralty Shipyards General Director Vladimir Alexandrov told Itar-Tass.
The construction of similar high-tech tankers will continue, in particular, for developers of circumpolar shelf deposits. The Admiralty Shipyards has orders for the next two or three years within the framework of the Russian shipbuilding program for the period until 2020.
The Kirill Lavrov supertanker will be supplied to Sovcomflot this year. The tanker was launched on December 18, 2009. An Antarctic research vessel and the Igor Belousov ship for rescuing submarines in distress will be ready in 2011.
The construction of a new research vessel at the Admiralty Shipyards is on schedule. The Federal Hydro-Meteorological Service ordered the vessel. It will replace the Academician Fyodorov and give support to the Russian Antarctic expedition ? bring in explorers and cargo, conduct oceanic research, and take away litter from Antarctica.
The Baltsudproyekt Design Bureau, a branch of the Krylov Central Research Institute, designed the new ship, which would carry eight modern laboratories for rapid processing of information about oceanic and atmospheric conditions and results of scientific experiments.
The ship will move at the speed of 16 knots (30 kilometers per hour) in open waters and two knots (3.8 kilometers per hour) through the ice with the thickness of 1.1 meters. The ship will be capable of autonomous voyages of 45 days on the range of 15,000 nautical miles. It will carry a crew of 59 and 80 researchers, as well as two Kamov Ka-32 helicopters.
?The new research vessel, which will be launched from the Admiralty Shipyards in 2011 will no less than double the capacity of Russian Arctic and Antarctic expeditions,? Director of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of the Federal Hydro-Meteorological Service Ivan Frolov told Itar-Tass.
The shipyards are considering the possible construction of Arctic icebreakers of 25 megawatt and ferries for the Ust Luga ? Kaliningrad line, Alexandrov said.
The Admiralty Shipyard is one of the oldest and largest shipyards in Russia, located in Saint Petersburg. The shipyard's building ways can accommodate ships of up to 70,000 metric tons deadweight, 250 meters in length and 35 meters in width. Military products include naval warships such as nuclear and diesel-powered submarines and large auxiliaries.
The shipyard was founded as the Galley Yard by Peter the Great during the Great Northern War in 1704 and located in the open ground along the Neva River behind the Admiralty building. It was administered by the Russian Admiralty, hence its later name.
In the 1990s, Admiralty Shipyard became a joint stock company and in 1997 it started construction of ice class tankers of 20,000 deadweight designed for simultaneous transportation of up to four different cargo grades. These tankers have been equipped with the latest automated ships systems of world class. The tanker has double hull and is able to run in solid-ice up to a half-meter thick. During recent years the shipyard constructed five ships for Russia's LUKOIL-the Astrakhan, Magas, Kaliningrad, Saratov, Usinsk. All of which are working on the Northern Sea Route.
Military shipbuilding consists of orders from the Russian Ministry of Defense and export orders for foreign governments. The shipyard's military orders are primarily submarines, but also include non-military repair, modernization and building of other underwater technical innovations for oceanic development.
In more than three hundred years of its existence, the shipyard has built 2,500 warships, commercial and research vessels.