VTB Bank is acting as a guarantor for contractual commitments and as a service provider on a project to build two multi-purpose salvage ships – the Murman and the Beringov Proliv.
The newly built ships were commissioned by the Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport (Rosmorrechflot) under the federal targeted programme for developing sea transport. After passing sea trials, the ships will be transferred to the customer at their ports of registration – Murmansk and Korsakov (Sakhalin Region). The ships will be operated by the federal agency’s Sea Rescue Service.
Once put into service the Murman and the Beringov Proliv will be the largest and most high-tech vessels in Russia’s search-and-rescue fleet. They will patrol the seas and conduct rescue missions for navigation, fishing, and off-shore oil and gas operations.
VTB Bank Management Board Member Valery Lukyanenko said: “VTB is taking an active role in a number of government programmes aimed at developing key sectors of the national economy. These new search-and-rescue ships will improve navigational safety in several areas.”
The 7MWt nuclear powered multi-purpose salvage ships belong to Icebreaker 6 class. Their main operational uses are: searching for and rescuing ships in distress; breaking through ice up to 1.5 metres thick; extinguishing fires at floating and coastal facilities; rendering help in cleaning oil spills; exploring the sea bottom and damaged objects at a depth of up to 1,000 metres.