ZNT Yard Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Four SAR Boats for RF Defense Ministry
ZNT Yard OJSC laid the keels of four search-and-rescue boats (project 23040) ordered by RF Defense Ministry.
In late March, 2013, ZNT Yard OJSC signed a state contract for construction of 16 search-and-rescue boats (project 23040) by the order of RF Defense Ministry.
23040 project boat is a continuation of a series of ten diving boats (project А160, construction numbers 801-810) built by ZNT Yard in 2010-2012 for the state sea rescue service Gosmorspassluzhba, and diving boat Pelikan (project ZT28D) developed by the shipyard’s design department.
As compared with the most known Flamingo boats and their successors, boats of project 14157, these rescue boats have larger dimensions, higher specific power and ice class, which enables them to work at and beyond the roads, of up to 50 miles from shelter.
According to ZNT Chief Designer Andrey Chichagov, the boat’s additional function is the possibility to conduct search/examination/inspection works with the help of small-size remotely operated vehicle and towed sonar. Besides, joystick control is a novelty for such boats.
The boat’s major characteristics:
• length overall – 28.09 m
• breadth overall – 5.56 m
• depth aforeship – 3.4 m
• draught – 1.5 m
• full displacement – about 118 tonnes
• main engine – 2х441 kW
• diesel-generator – 2х80 kW
• emergency diesel generator – 1х20 kW
• speed – about 13.7±0.3 knots
• crew – 3 prs, divers – 5 prs
“According to the contract, the shipyard will fulfill its obligations within 3 years. First 4 vessels will be delivered and dispatched to Novorossiysk (Black Sea fleet). Next vessels will be built and delivered to the Caspian Flotilla (3 units), Baltic Fleet (3 units – to Kronshtadt and 6 units – to Baltijsk),” told ZNT Director General Sergey Konovalov.
Press Release, June 27, 2013; Image: flotprom