VESSEL REFIT | Evgeny Gorigledzhan – Rescue tug converted into oceanographic research ship for Russian Defence Ministry

VESSEL REFIT | Evgeny Gorigledzhan – Rescue tug converted into oceanographic research ship for Russian Defence Ministry

Photo: United Shipbuilding Corporation

Russia’s Yantar Shipyard has completed conversion of a former rescue and salvage tug into an oceanographic research vessel to be used by the country’s Ministry of Defence. Originally constructed in Poland in 1983 as the Soviet Navy tug MB-305, the vessel has been rebuilt to perform ocean research and related activities, having been renamed Evgeny Gorigledzhan after a famed Soviet and Russian engineer who specialised in the design of nuclear-powered submarines.

Design work on the vessel, the sole example under the Project 02670 series of oceanographic research ships, was provided by engineering firm Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, Yantar Shipyard’s sister company under the United Shipbuilding Corporation umbrella. The vessel will now be used by the Defence Ministry’s Main Directorate of Deep-Sea Research for missions including oceanographic surveys, marine environmental monitoring, and secondary duties such as search and rescue (SAR) and undersea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR).

MB-305 prior to conversion (Photo: Russian Ministry of Defence)

Evgeny Gorigledzhan has a length of 81 metres, a beam of 16 metres, a displacement of 4,000 tonnes, and accommodations for 32 crewmembers and up to 25 researchers and technicians. The vessel can stay out at sea for a maximum of 30 days, allowing for the execution of scientific missions of extended duration.

The vessel retains its ice class and its spacious open aft deck, which is now fitted with a large crane and a stern A-frame. This equipment will be used to deploy and recover towed sensors and small craft such as manned and unmanned submersibles that are to be transported on the aft deck.

Evgeny Gorigledzhan was rebuilt to have a service life of around 20 to 25 years. The vessel’s main navigational area will encompass the Black and Mediterranean Seas, though it is capable of also operating in other regions, even those in higher latitudes, thanks to its ice class.

Photo: United Shipbuilding Corporation

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Evgeny Gorigledzhan
Type of vessel:Oceanographic research vessel
Owner:Russian Ministry of Defence
Operator:Main Directorate of Deep-Sea Research, Russia
Designer:Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, Russia
Builder:Yantar Shipyard, Russia
Length overall:81 metres
Beam:16 metres
Displacement:4,000 tonnes
Other deck equipment:A-frame
Operational areas:Black Sea; Mediterranean Sea

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