Rosmorrechflot accepts into service oblique icebreaker Baltika (photo)
The acceptance commission of the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot) has accepted into service a multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel Baltika of project Р-70202. The vessel registered at Big Port St. Petersburg is to be operated by FBI Sea Rescue Service of Rosmorrechflot, press center of Rosmorrechflot says.
Representatives of Rosmorrechflot’s Sea Rescue Service have signed the acceptance service today, December 30, 2014.
The construction of the vessel was ordered by FGI Directorate of State Contracting Authority for Marine Transport Development Programme within the framework of the federal special-purpose programme “Development of Russia’s Transport System (2010-2020)”.
The design was developed by Shipyard Yantar (Russia, Kaliningrad region) jointly with Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. (Finland). The vessel was built at the production facilities of the Finnish company in Helsinki.
The innovative vessel Baltika is the world’s first icebreaking ship with an asymmetric hull. The vessel features an asymmetric hull, patented oblique design and three 360 degrees rotating propulsors, which allow the vessel to operate efficiently sideways, astern and ahead. In oblique mode the vessel will be able to generate 50 m wide channel in 0.6 m thick ice. Bow and stern first the vessel can operate in 1.0 m thick ice.
The icebreaker’s main particulars: Length - 76.4 m, Breadth overall - 20.5 m, Depth – 9m; Draught maximum - 7 m, Propulsion power - 7.5 МW, Speed - 14 knots, Speed in flat ice 1.0 m thick - 3.0 knots, Crew - 24, Special personnel - 12, Sea endurance - 20 days (24 persons); Class notation – KM Icebreaker6, , AUT1-ICS, OMBO, FF3WS, EPP, DYNPOS-1, ECO-S, Oil recovery ship (>60°C), Salvage ship, Tug, HELIDECK.
The vessel was laid down in Kaliningrad on June 6, 2012. Under the contract, Yantar, as the principal executor of the order, was in charge of hull works. They were completed in May 2013 and the ship then underwent fitting-out in Finland. Baltika was launched on December 12, 2013 and fulfilled the programme of sea trials in the Baltic Sea.