Russia: Research Ship Yantar One Step Closer to Launching
Research ship Yantar on May 31 left covered workshop of JSC Yantar Shipyard and was moved to open slipway, reports the shipyard’s press service.
Although moving of the 2,000-ton hull took less than an hour, it needed thorough preparation. As a result, the hull was placed at a pre-launch position to be put afloat in Aug 2012.
Presently, the hull of Yantar has been completely shaped; most of general-purpose equipment, rudder propellers, and lateral thrusters have been installed. Shipwrights continue constructing of deck erection and planting of internal equipment. Before the ship is launched, the yard’s staff and contracting organizations will have to install all basic equipment and start to lay feeder mains, to assemble pipelines, and to insulate premises.
The ship’s construction goes on in accordance with approved work schedule.
Research ship Yantar is the lead Project 22010 oceanographic vessel developed by Almaz Central Design Bureau. The ship was laid down on July 8, 2010 on the 65-th anniversary of Yantar Shipyard and named after it. The orderer was Russian Defense Ministry. According to the contract, the ship is to be delivered in 2013.
Subsea World News Staff, June 04, 2012; Image: RusNavy