Russian Twins Named at Nordic Yards

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Seventeen months after steel was first cut at Nordic Yards, the naming ceremony for two identical ice-breaking rescue and salvage vessels has taken place today.  The Beringov Proliv and Murman were built for the Russian Ministry of Transport (Rosmorrechflot) for use in the Sakhalin region and North-East Passage around Murmansk, respectively.

During the naming ceremony Dr Vitaly Yusufov, Chairman of the Management Board of Nordic Yards, stated: “Today we are naming two of the world’s most modern and specialised rescue vessels. With their high-tech equipment and performance capacities these ships are capable of fulfilling the highest requirements”. He added: “It was a demanding challenge to build these technologically complex ships, and today we are really proud to be able to present the results of our work.”

The so-called multipurpose rescue and salvage vessels (MPRSV) are 88 meters in length, nearly 19 meters wide and can accommodate a crew of up to 38.  Thanks to their high-tech equipment they can also carry out search and rescue operations as well as emergency towing even in extreme weather conditions, while their on-board hospital facilities enable the medical treatment of people who have been rescued. The ships are also equipped to extinguish fires and combat oil spills, and in harbours or open water they can break through ice with a thickness of one meter. In addition, the vessels contain technological instruments for searching the seafloor and damaged objects to depths of up to 1000 m. Both have a helipad on the bow.