Italy: Rossita Completes RS Survey for Transporting Radioactive Material


The “Rossita” is the vessel tasked with transporting radioactive material from the dismantlement of Russian nuclear submarines. RS completed survey over construction of a new vessel for the carriage of irradiated nuclear fuel. The modern vessel Rossita with displacement equal to 4 000 t was designed for irradiated nuclear fuel and radioactive wastes transportation.

Rossita was constructed under the agreement between the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM and the Ministry of the Economic Development of Italy to the RS class at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The vessel will be operated by the Russian Federal State Unitary Enterprise ATOMFLOT.

The RS surveyors carried out design appraisal and survey during construction of the vessel. The vessel is capable to carry 16 containers for irradiated nuclear fuel.

Main characteristics

Cargo capacity 640 t

Gross tonnage 1,260 t

Crew 23

Length overall 84 m

Height from construction line 6.2 m

Breadth 14 m

Contractual speed 12 knots

Autonomy 3,000 nm

Engines: Built by Isotta Fraschini Motori

Type V1716T2MLH

Maximum Continuous Power 2 X 1,300 Kw

Source: fincantieri, August 11, 2011.