Klaipeda Seaport Authority expands its fleet with new oil response and diving support vessel
Klaipeda Seaport Authority says its fleet has increased by one new vessel – the anew built oil response and diving support vessel "Naras" entered the Seaport on the 5th of December 2017. This modern and functional vessel will allow the employees of the Seaport Authority to work more efficiently and will facilitate the implementation of nature protection requirements.
"This vessel will allow to perform better and more rapidly the subsea technical works and supervision in Klaipeda Seaport and Port access areas. The vessel is equipped with pressure chamber, providing the possibility for divers to perform safely works in deeper waters (even up to 50 meters). It will perfectly serve as nature protection instrument as well as in the event of an oil spill the vessel can respond to oil spills and collect garbage spread on the water surface. The vessel‘s bow is equipped with crane for removal of bottom obstacles (sunk tires, anchors, chains and other sunk objects)" – the Head of Port Fleet Department Gintaras Petreikis named the advantages of the vessel "Naras".
Vessel "Naras" was built in Estonia, in "Baltic Workboats AS" ship building yard. Her length is 23,2 meters and width is 6 metres. Maximum draught is 1,52 metres. The vessel can reach the speed of 11,5 knots.
"In order to provide the streamlined Seaport activity we must constantly be ready to assure the necessary depth and to remove the possible obstacles in the Seaport waters‘ territory or alongside the quays, for example boulders that remain after capital dredging works and etc. Therefore we must always be prepared technically. The new vessel will allow us to assure more efficiently navigation safety in the Seaport“, told Director General of Klaipeda State Seaport Authority Arvydas Vaitkus.
The price of vessel "Naras" was 2,895 million euros. The single crew of the vessel will be composed of a captain, engineer and a motorman. The team of three divers will be constantly working on the vessel.
The name of the vessel "Naras" were selected by the employees of the Seaport Authority.