Almaz Offered Russian Navy Rescue Towboat to Replace “Foty Krylov” Class Ocean Tugs

Rubric: Russia, Industry

The Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau has developed a blueprint project of the long-range multifunctional rescue towboat for the Russian Navy, announced Anuar Shamalov, the company's deputy head designer at the round table "Development trends of special equipment and undersea technologies in the Russian Armed Forces". The activity was held on August 24 at the Army-2018 forum.

The ship is designed for search-and-rescue operations of the Russian Navy anywhere worldwide. The project has Arc5 ice class.

Multifunctional rescue towboat

Length of the ship is 97 meters, beam is 17.8 meters, full load displacement is about 6,000 tons, full speed is approx. 19 knots, cruise speed is 14 knots.

Operational range is 11,000 nautical miles, fresh water/food endurance is 60 days. The ship can be applied in short- and long-range sea zones, as well as ocean zones of all Russian Navy’s fleets.

Crew is 45 men, plus 60 rescued people or 20 mission participants.

It is planned to equip the ship with an integrated electric power system, including an energy distribution system, 6 x 3,500 kW diesel generators 28-9DG with type SGDM 3500-6.3-1000 generators, 2 switchgears, 2 x 9,000 kW propulsion motors, 2 fixed-pitch propellers, 2 x 800 kW retractable steering thrusters, and 2 x 800 kW lateral thrusters.

Multifunctional rescue towboat

The rescue towboat will carry a diving station to operate at the depths down to 60 meters, remotely controlled unmanned submersible, winches, towing equipment, tools for underwater operations, 2 hydraulic cranes lifting 30 ton-force, and a manipulator crane lifting 5 ton-force. Vacant deck space for sea containers is about 380 sq. meters.

The designers offer the new ships as a substitution for Project R-5757 Foty Krylov-class ocean tugs. Currently, the Russian Navy operates two ships of this project.

Almaz bureau is ready to draft the technical project of the new rescue towboat within a year, taking into account performance of the corresponding R&D works.
An insider in shipbuilding industry told Mil.Press Today that earlier in 2018 the project had been submitted to the Russian Navy’s Search & Rescue Operations Service. The project has already obtained preliminary approval.