The Russian Navy has taken delivery of the semisubmersible floating platform, Itarus, built by Fincantieri at its Muggiano shipyard in Italy.
The semisubmersible platform will be leveraged to transport nuclear submarine reactor compartments decommissioned by the Russian Navy to and from the storage area of Sayda Bay to the Nerpa Shipyard, facing the Kola Peninsula in the Barents Sea.
The platform, which has been built for Russian RosRAO, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise for radioactive waste management, will be used to ferry special material decommissioned by the Russian Navy.
The 79m-long and 29m-wide Itarus has a deadweight capacity of 3,000t, and is equipped with living areas to accommodate a crew comprising six members.
The vessel has a maximum draught of 24.5m, achievable during the cargo dock by virtue of 45 ballast tanks for a total capacity of 25,000m³ of ballast water, fed by four pumps of 2000m³/h capacity.
Construction of the platform was monitored by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and was supported by the facility of Palermo.
In November 2013, a contract was signed by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, RosRAO and Fincantieri during the Italy-Russia Business Forum, held in Trieste.
The contract follows the 2003 cooperation agreement between the Russian and Italian Governments for the disbanding of nuclear submarines and the safe management of radioactive waste and nuclear fuel, encapsulated within the framework of the Global Partnership, started in the 2002 G8 summit in Canada.