Initially, it was planned that the Maritime Rescue Service would receive the vessel at the end of 2021
The multifunctional rescue vessel (MFASS) of the MPSV06 Kerch Strait project, under construction at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant (ASZ, part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC), will leave the completion pier in the spring of 2024 and will be transferred to the enterprise’s branch in Vladivostok to prepare for testing. Currently, work is continuing on the tugboat to paint and isolate the interior of the superstructure, followed by presentation to the customer and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), according to the Telegram channel of the ASZ.
Specialists of the company’s assembly shop are currently working on the final installation of gas exhaust pipes, alignment and installation of pumps for a special fire extinguishing system. The electrical installation shop tightens the internal and main cables and installs the outdoor lighting system. Work continues on the preparation of equipment and systems for commissioning and further mooring tests.
Recall that the Kerch Strait ice-class rescue tug for the Arctic and cold seas was laid down in the summer of 2010, but then its construction stopped. In 2018, it was reported that the ASZ will additionally receive about 5 billion rubles for the completion of the MFASS. In October 2020, the ship was launched. It was expected that the tugboat would be handed over to the customer at the end of 2021, then the company planned to transfer the Kerch Strait to the Maritime Rescue Service at the end of 2023.
The emergency rescue vessel “Kerch Strait” of the MPSV06 project is designed for patrolling, emergency rescue duty in areas of navigation, fishing, offshore oil and gas fields; servicing transport operations in ports; searching and assisting ships in distress with evacuation and accommodation of people, providing them with medical assistance.
Amur Shipbuilding Plant is one of the largest shipbuilding enterprises in the Far Eastern region of Russia. The production facilities and technical equipment of the enterprise are adapted for the construction of ships and vessels with a launch weight of up to 10 thousand tons, a length of up to 150 m and a width of up to 20 m.