New seagoing tugboat "Alexander Piskunov" joins Russian Navy's auxiliary fleet (photo)
The tug "Alexander Piskunov," built at Khabarovsk Shipyard (part of Far Eastern Centre of Shipbuilding and Ship Repair) has entered service with the Pacific Fleet's auxiliaries, the ECSSR press release said.
A ceremony of hoisting flag of auxiliary fleet was held at Berth No 33 of Korabelnaya embankment of Vladivostok.
This is the first support vessel in the Pacific Fleet named after Captain, Cap. 1 rank Alexander Piskunov, who was chief of the Pacific Fleet's service fleet in 1998-2009.
The tug "Alexander Piskunov," is designed to perform towing and refloating of stranded ships, for fire fighting on stricken ships and onshore facilities, as a diving support vessel at depths of 20 m. The vessel has an unlimited area of operation, including the Arctic seas (class Arc4). Cruising range at 12 knots - 4,000 nm. Azipod propulsion units coupled with the bow thruster provides good steerability and increased maneuverability while assisting stricken vessels in narrow waters. The tug also features comfort for the crew, has a sports room with fitness equipment, a dining room for 14 seats, a sanitary cabin, sauna, laundry, etc.
General characteristics: LOA - 56.8 m, LBP - 52.3 m, breadth overall - 11.8 m, depth - 5.8 m, draft - 3.7 m, displacement - 1410 tonnes, crew / seats - 19/27. Propulsion system: three main diesel generators of capacity of about 1500 kW each, one 200kW harbor generator and an emergency diesel generator of capacity of about 150 kW.