Russian shipyard fire damages Project 12700 minesweeper
Russia's Project 12700 (Alexandrit-class) minesweeper Georgiy Kurbatov will still be delivered on time, despite the vessel catching fire at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard in St Petersburg on 7 June, according to a spokesperson for the shipyard.
According to Russia's Emergencies Ministry, the inner plating of the ship caught fire. The ministry ranked the fire, which covered an area of 600m², at its third level of severity (out of five).
The spokesperson said the fire will not affect the ship's construction as it remains at an initial stage and shipborne weapon systems have not been mounted on the vessel. The vessel, the second Project 12700 minesweeper, is due to be delivered in mid-to-late 2017.
It was planned to be floated out at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard on 29 July and start undergoing trials in 2017. However, according to Maxim Meiksin, the Chairman of the Committee on Industrial Policy and Innovations of St Petersburg, the minesweeper will now be floated out later than scheduled.
The Project 12700 class has a displacement of 890 tonnes, a maximum speed of 16.5 kt, a length of 61 m, a width of 10.5 m, and a height of 8 m. Its crew will total 44.