The Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad on Thursday is to lay down a head oceanographic vessel of the principally new project 22010 on the order of the Russian Defence Ministry, the enterprise's spokesman Sergei Mikhailov told Itar-Tass.
"The first oceanographic research vessel of the new project 22010 is designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau and comprises the latest innovations of Russian designers," Mikhailov said.
Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, founded in 1949, is a leading Russian Naval Company designing fast speed missile and patrol ships and boats. The bureau's design activity covers the following fields: research and development of innovation technologies (hydrofoils, hovercraft, SES, ride control systems with interceptors); designing corvettes, FAC, patrol ships and boats, ACV, MCM vessels, SAR vessels, floating docks, fast ferries. The Company cooperates with 11 Russian and 7 foreign shipyards, as well as with 9 leading European manufacturers of marine equipment. The Company's Quality Control System is certified to meet MS ISO 9001-2000 requirements.
The RF Defence Ministry's contract on the building of the new research ship at the Kaliningrad-based Yantar shipyard was signed last February. The vessel's displacement is 5.2 thousand tonnes, length - 108.1 metres and width - 17.2 metres. The vessel is to be commissioned in the middle of 2013.
The laying down of the new vessel coincides with the enterprise's jubilee date: the Yantar shipyard is turning 65 on July 8.
"It has been decided that as a sign of recognition of the plant shipbuilders' merits, the vessel will be named Yantar," the spokesman noted.
Taking part in the laying down ceremony of the new vessel are expected to be high-ranking officials of the RF Defence Ministry, United Shipbuilding Corporation and government of the Kaliningrad region.
At present, Yantar shipbuilders, also on the RF Defence Ministry's order, are building the Seliger research vessel of project 11982. It is planned to be commissioned in June 2011. Although this vessel is considerably smaller in size, but furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, it will also be capable of fulfilling important and responsible tasks in seas and oceans.
The Baltic shipbuilding plant Yantar in Kaliningrad was founded on July 8, 1945. It is specialising in the building of small- and medium-tonnage civilian and military ships and vessels, as well as in conducting ship repairs. Over 65 years of operation the enterprise has built 154 warships, including: antisubmarine ships, patrol ships, large landing ships, space communication ships, and over 500 civilian vessels. The state holds the controlling stake in the Yantar shipyard.
According to the enterprise's website, the Shipyard Yantar was established on the base of the Koenigsberg branch of Schichau Werft in 1945 after the end of World War II. Several generations of Kaliningrad shipbuilders put their labour in the development of the new enterprise and production of hundreds of ships. For the years of its operation the Yantar shipyard has become a famous builder and repairer of the modern war ships and high-effective civilian vessels.
Today Yantar is a modern and dynamically developing enterprise having wide experience in building and repair of vessels and ships of different classes and purposes. The shipyard has developed wide range of production directions: commercial shipbuilding, naval Shipbuilding, metal structures manufacturing, ship repair and conversion, shipbuilding from aluminium alloys, mechanical engineering production.
Yantar is the only Russian shipyard, which is situated in the Southeast of the Baltic region in the nearness of the largest industrial centres of Europe. The city of Kaliningrad is the only Russian ice-free port on the Baltic Sea and the centre of the most western region of Russia owing status of the Special Economic Zone with the developed transport infrastructure.
For shipbuilding process the enterprise has five slipways, heated building hall and full complex of workshops which are necessary for "the turnkey" building of vessels of various types up to 20,000 dwt. Vessels are launched through a launching floating dock. Experience gained in building of sophisticated naval ships allow the shipyard to compete successfully on the western market in the fulfilment of export orders.
Since 1945 hundreds of commercial vessels of various types there have been built at the Yantar's slipways including: multipurpose dry cargo vessels, timber carriers, railway & passengers ferries, tugs, salvage vessels and other special purpose vessels.
An important direction of the shipyard's production programme is fabrication of ships' hulls with deep outfitting for ships of various types. In recent years Yantar has built a great amount of partly outfitted ships' hulls for western customers including: dry-cargo vessels of river-sea class, river tankers and dry-cargo vessels, arctic trawlers, environment and fishery protection vessels, pilot and customs boats from aluminium alloys, etc.
Cooperation launched by Yantar at the beginning of the 1990s with a number of foreign companies from Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries has become long-term and mutually beneficial partnership.