Pella Shipyard Starts Building Russian Navy’s New Tug
Pella Shipyard held a keel-laying ceremony for a special vessel based on the tug of project 16609, building No 629 on July 24th.
This vessel pertains to the series of the project 16609 vessels being built for the Russian Federation’s (RF) Navy. The solemn ceremony saw the participation of the troop unit Commander of RF Navy, Vice-Admiral Burilichev Aleksey Vitalievich and the officers of the troop unit of RF Navy and the governance of Open JSC “Pella”.
The tugboat will be delivered to the State Customer and put into operation within the RF Baltic Fleet in 2014.
The vessel is intended for towing and berthing operations in special areas complying with R2 navigation area (not more than 100 miles from place of shelter)
- Length, max 28.5 m
- Width, max 9.5 m
- Draft 4.3 m
- Speed ab. 12 knots
- Bollard pull 47 tones
- Class notation KM Arc4 R2 Aut1 FF3 WS Tug provided by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
- Propulsion complex Z-drives US 205, Rolls-Royce, FPP into nozzle
- Power 2×1500 kW at 1600 rpm, Cat 3512B
- 10 t bow anchor-towing-mooring winch, Fluidmecanica, providing 1383 kN brakes keeping force
- towing hook SWL 47 t with quick release devise
The tugboat is also equipped with a crane-manipulator HM 6/3 S, Fluidmecanica, with the capacity of 910 kg at the boom of 6 m.
In order to fulfill fire-fighting operations the tugboat is equipped with external fire fighting system made by FFS (capacity of which is 800 m3/h, 2 water monitors, water curtains system).
Press release, August 2, 2013; Image: Pella Shipyard