What is going on aboard the brand-new ‘Elbrus’ tug?

14:3906 Apr, 2016 2360
Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

Right now the service support head ship of the Project 23120 is undergoing docking trials in Saint Petersburg at the ‘Severnaya Verf’ shipyard. Anastasiya Voskresenskaya and Oleg Kuleshov got aboard ‘Elbrus’ to find out all the details and to take pictures.

‘Severnaya Verf’ is 103 years old, it has given birth to 600 ships and vessels. Now the shipyard makes both military and civil ships, including support vessels.  

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

Project 23120 was developed by the ‘Spetssudoproekt’ Saint-Petersburg design bureau, while the ship itself was keel laid at the ‘Severnaya Verf’ shipyards in 2012. 

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

‘Elbrus’ is designed for embarkation, storage, transportation and transferring the cargo to the shore and other ships as well as for tugging and rendering assistance to crews of the ships and vessels in distress.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

As part of the fitting-out process, they are now performing enclosure and assembling of the equipment in sanitary and housing premises, adjusting works at various aggregates and devices, assembling and hydrotests of the hull and power systems. 

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

The inner premises of the ship are ready. They are now arranging and fixing the furniture.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

Shipbuilders are now preparing to test the main power system, to launch the diesel-generators and support systems.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

At this stage, shipbuilders test all systems of the ship by over 120 procedures of docking trials.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

Works at the ‘Elbrus’ are in full swing.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

There is a temporary office aboard the ‘Elbrus’ to solve problems at hand.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

Tests of the emergency diesel-generator are complete, harbor diesel-generator is launched.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

Main characteristics of the Project 23120 are: length – around 95 meters, width – about 22 meters, water displacement – around 10000 tons, operational range – about 5000 miles, sea endurance – some 60 days. The ship is designed for 27 crew-members, however, in case of rescue operations the number can increase to 43 persons aboard.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

As for the cargo transportation, the ship’s capability is to transport forty twenty-foot containers. There are two symmetrically located 50-tons cranes for cargo handling operations.  

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

The ‘Elbrus’ has a high ARC4 class, which makes it possible to sail in the Arctic.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

Panel-board is the energy center of the ship. Electric supply from the shore now goes through it but the system is ready for sailing.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

There are single and double cabins at the ‘Elbrus’.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

There are several types of insulation, including the liquid ‘Teplotor’. This system did well in the Arctic conditions.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy

As for the captain’s bridge, in addition to the commander and the watch officer, cane operators are also going to be working from here. This is why portholes at the ‘Elbrus’ allow to see both water and the sky.

Photo: Oleg Kuleshov/Warmy
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