JSC Yantar Shipyard (affiliate of United Shipbuilding Corporation) on Feb 9 started mooring trials of research ship Seliger built under Russian Defense Ministry’s order, reports the shipyard’s press service.
Quality of construction, assembling and calibration of equipment will be checked during the trials. Also, it is planned to test main propulsion plant and auxiliary systems providing damage control and safety of the ship. Part of the trial program was carried out in the pre-mooring period. At present, the ship is being prepared for settlement of the crew.
Mooring trials of research ship Seliger are held in the basin of Yantar shipyard and will last till middle March. The next phase will be sea trials.
Research ship Seliger is the lead vessel of Project 11982 developed by Almaz Central Design Bureau. The ship is designed for equipment trials, deep-sea researches, and search-and-rescue works. The shipbuilding contract was tied between JSC Yantar Shipyard and Russian Defense Ministry in Feb 2009. Keel-laying ceremony was held on July 8, 2009. Seliger is supposed to be commissioned in this year.
Yantar Shipyard (Kaliningrad, Russia) was established in July 1945 on the basis of Koenigsberg shipyards F. Schichau. It is specialized in construction of light and intermediate tonnage naval and civil vessels as well as ship repair works. Through the 66-year long history, the yard has built 154 warships and over 500 civil vessels. Currently, Yantar’s majority shareholder is Russian Government represented by United Shipbuilding Corporation.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, February 14, 2012; Image: Yantar