Project 23700 "Rescue Support Ship" Voyevoda
The Project 23700 ship Voyevoda is designed to support rescue operations and transport and supply small search and rescue craft. The ship can carry four boats and two helicopters. The vessel has a displacement of 7,500 tons, a length of 111 meters, a width of 24 meters, a speed of 22 knots and endurance of 5,000 miles. According to the technical specification, the structure of the rooms of the superior comfort of the ship of the project 23700 includes eight residential blocks with a bedroom, a bathroom and an office, a conference room, a mess room for passengers with a canteen, walk-through facilities.
Voevoda is the project's head ship 23700 developed by designers Northern PCB. The Yantar Shipyard in west Russia laid down the Project 23700 rescue support ship Voyevoda, shipyard spokesman Sergei Mikhailov told TASS. The Yantar Shipyard is a subsidiary of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation.
"The rescue support vessel Voyevoda is the Project 23700 lead ship developed by the Severnoye Design Bureau. It was ordered by Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry," Mikhailov said. Under the contract signed in December 2016, the vessel is expected to be delivered to the customer in November 2019, he added. Russia’s Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport (Rosmorrechflot) will operate the vessel Voyevoda.
Voevoda was laid down on 21 April 2017 at 14.00 in the boathouse of the Stabel. Amber hosted a ceremony Bookmark Ship. The solemn ceremony was attended by representatives of of the ship's customer – the Ministry of Industrial Russia, its Project designer, the northern PCB, United Shipbuilding Corporations and bodies Authorities of the Kaliningrad region. The plaque was attached to the ship’s first hull section by Acting Governor of the Kaliningrad Region Anton Alikhanov, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Oleg Ryazantsev, President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov and General Designer of the Severnoye Design Bureau Vladimir Spiridopulo.
Even on the eve of the laying down on April 21, 2017, at the Yantar APS, the head “vessel for emergency rescue operations” of the “Voevod” project 23700 (serial number S-370), the Kommersant newspaper gave opinions “interlocutors from the shipbuilding industry” who expressed doubts that the vessel would be an emergency rescue vehicle, according to Yantar. Assumptions ranged from a “special dual-purpose vessel” to a “high-profile yacht”.
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