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Project 23120M Mooring Ship

The ships of this project can be considered as a supply vessel. After all, they are able to perform a fairly wide range of tasks. For example, some of the ships will be purposefully engaged in the transportation of dry cargo, while others are towing ships or used to work with raid equipment. The ship is able to do as a casual surface and underwater work and rescue operations that involves the rescue of the crew or repair work on the ship.

The ship is designed to work with road equipment, transportation of dry cargoes, the installation of floating piers, towing ships and vessels, as well as interaction with the rescue submersible. It is assumed the equipment decompression chamber, a technical workshop, two electro-hydraulic cranes 100 ton and 50 ton external fire fighting system and a hospital room for 6 beds. Provided heliport is for takeoff and landing of helicopters all in the family "Ka". These multifunctional vessels were extremely interested in the military department, so soon it would be possible to expect the conclusion of contracts for the supply of a batch of ships for military needs. Specialists noted that the Arctic version of this model is also being developed, which was named Arc4 and the more extended version - Arc6.

Lead logistics support ship of Project 23120, Elbrus, was laid down at Severnaya Verf shipyard on November 14, 2012. According to the contract, the ship was supposed to be commissioned after two years. The shipyard delayed construction due to the project amendment. As for Dmitry Bulgakov, deputy defense minister, the lead Elbrus will join the Russian Navy in 2017, and the first serial ship, Vsevolod Bobrov, in 2018. Construction of the second serial vessel, Kapitan Shevchenko, was frozen.

Earlier it was reported that the kinetrators for the Ministry of Defense would be built at the Yantar plant, but the contract was never concluded. Now representatives of Pella hope that this contract will be given to them.

By May 2017 the Baltic shipyard Yantar was at risk of missing the chance to kick off construction of the Project 23120-based mooring ship in 2017: the shipbuilding contract had not been signed yet. Designer of technical project and operational documentation has not been determined either. Thus, the keel-laying timeframe shifted to the next year. Potential designers, Spetssudoproject and Pella Design Bureau, will need at least six months to develop the ships technical project and prepare operational documentation. Therefore, Yantar would lay the keel of the ship not earlier than 2018.

According to the Kommersant newspaper, Yantar was supposed to win the contract for construction of the Project 23120M auxiliary ship in the first quarter 2017. The newsmakers say the Russian Navys command made such decision late in the last year. Representatives of Yantar shipyard (member of USC) told Mil.Today that the company still expected signing of the contract, however, the timelines are unknown. Information on the ships designers might be found at the defense ministry or United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), added the shipbuilders.

The ships cost estimated by Yantar shipyard is 12 billion rubles. The company is capable to build this kind of a ship within three years. However, the Navy is not satisfied with such price and wants to cut it down to eight billions. Holder of original documentation for the basic project 23120 is its designer, CJSC Spetssudoproject, the design bureaus director Anton Sobolevsky told Mil.Today. As for him, creation of the technical and detailed projects of the retrofitted mooring hulk may take 0.5-1 year.

The Leningrad Shipyard Pella proposed its own version of the Arctic-based mooring ship as well. The question is the Project 23120M developed by Pellas affiliate, Pella Zitas based in Hamburg with active participation of Baltsudoproject. According to the shipyards deputy director, Ilya Vaisman, development of technical and detailed project will take at least six months. The Pella project is intended not only for the Navy but also for Arctic explorations and industrial use. Pella shipyard is about to build mooring ships at its Hamburg branch.

Head of designing sector at the Krylov Scientific Center Aleksey Litsis told Mil.Today that competition in the ship-designing industry had been heavily aggravated in recent times. It is connected with funding cutoffs in the Navy. "Technical specifications for the base ship Elbrus were developed by naval experts", he said. "There are some certain institutes that develop concepts, ask them for details", Litsis said. He added that designing of such kind of a vessel is a complex process; design bureaus strictly follow customers instructions. "They are like craftsmen doing a particular job, in this case, creation of technical project and development of detailed docs. Step right or step left youre shot!"

The developer of the project is the Leningrad Shipyard "Pella". The project's head, Mikhail Trushin, said that a ship was on display at the International Military Technical Forum "Army-2017", which is capable of performing rescue operations. And they consist not only in the immediate rescue of people in the maritime space, but also in the simultaneous repair of a damaged or simply failed ship. At the moment, the company planned to release the main ship, which is for the period of 3 years and one 23120M per year.

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