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.
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.
‘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.
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.
The inner premises of the ship are ready. They are now arranging and fixing the furniture.
Shipbuilders are now preparing to test the main power system, to launch the diesel-generators and support systems.
At this stage, shipbuilders test all systems of the ship by over 120 procedures of docking trials.
Works at the ‘Elbrus’ are in full swing.
There is a temporary office aboard the ‘Elbrus’ to solve problems at hand.
Tests of the emergency diesel-generator are complete, harbor diesel-generator is launched.
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.
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.
The ‘Elbrus’ has a high ARC4 class, which makes it possible to sail in the Arctic.
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.
There are single and double cabins at the ‘Elbrus’.
There are several types of insulation, including the liquid ‘Teplotor’. This system did well in the Arctic conditions.
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.