Defense-oriented Zvezdochka Shipyard held, on Dec 20th, a keel-laying ceremony for new Project 20183 sea-going transport vessel “Academic Alexandrov”. The vessel, developed by the Saint-Petersburg-based Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, will be built for the Russian Navy.
This is the third ship of this class that is going to be built at Zvezdochka Shipyard. According to the shipyard press release the multipurpose ice-class vessel is designed for search and rescue missions and for escort of heavy, bulky structures, containers etc.
Displacement – 5400 tons,
Max. Speed – 14 knots,
Crew – 70
Employing about 14,000 persons, Zvezdochka is one of Russia’s leading shipyards specialized in repair and upgrading of nuclear-powered submarines. The shipyard has also mastered construction of surface ships, including fishing trawlers. Zvezdochka has two covered slipways and seven shipbuilding sites meant for overhaul and construction of ships weighing up to 18,000 tons.
World Maritime News Staff, January 1, 2013