Oceanographic survey vessel
Project 11982 oceanographic survey vessels are designed by Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau for the Russian Navy.
The primary mission of the class is to conduct hydrographic and oceanographic surveys, as well as research activities in deep waters. The vessels can also perform search-and-rescue of sunken objects, and inspection of underwater communications and pipelines to eliminate breakdowns.
A total of three Project 11982 oceanographic survey vessels have been built to date. The lead ship, named Seligher, was built by JSC Yantar Shipyard, while the remaining two vessels were built by Pella Shipyard.
The Russian Ministry of Defence awarded a contract to Yantar Shipyard for the construction of an oceanographic research vessel named Seligher in February 2009. The keel-laying ceremony of the vessel was held in June 2009, followed by the launching ceremony in July 2011.
The ship’s factory acceptance trials were conducted in the Baltic Sea between May and October 2012. The vessel was inducted into the Russian Navy’s Main Directorate of Underwater Research in December 2012.
Keel for the second vessel, named Ladoga (keel no 150), was laid in September 2014, while its launching ceremony took place in July 2016.
Keel-laying ceremony of the third ship, Ilmen (keel no 151), was held in December 2014, while the launch was made in December 2017. The ship will be inducted into the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet after completing factory and state trials.
The Project 11982-class ships oceanographic survey vessels are designed according to the KM Ice 2 – Arc 5 1 AUT 1 FF2 WS class notation of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
The ship features raked bow design, which helps reduce wetness and increase manoeuvrability. The overall length and width of the ship are 63.8m and 10.8m respectively, while the maximum draught is 3.8m and displacement is 1,117t.
The vessel is manned by a crew of 16 people and accommodates up to 20 personnel, including nine oceanographic research officers.
The wheelhouse is located amidships with an antenna mast on top of it. The antenna mast is fitted with marine radars and navigation and communication systems to ensure safe operation at sea.
The ships carry a number of advanced research and ocean survey equipment, including an ARS-600 autonomous underwater search-and-rescue vehicle to search for underwater objects at greater depths. The vehicles can be launched and recovered at the stern using cranes.
The vessels are also fitted with acoustic equipment, an RT-2500 unmanned underwater vehicle, and diving complex with pressure chamber to perform oceanographic research operations in deep waters.
The propulsion system of the Project 11982-class ships consists of two 950hp 12FP Rolls Royce electric motors coupled with two rudder propellers, two azipods, two 280kW VA-280 diesel generators, and three 840kW VA-840 diesel generators.
Two 200kW Thruster Schottel STT170TLK type bow thrusters are installed to improve the manoeuvrability of the ship. A dynamic positioning system is installed to control and maintain the ship’s position in the sea.
The vessel has a speed of 12kt and a cruising range of 1,000mi, while it is capable of operating at sea for approximately 20 days.
The ship’s ice strengthening hull allows for navigation through open ice.
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