VESSEL REVIEW | Beysug – Third 80-metre workhorse in series joins Rosmorrechflot’s salvage and rescue fleet

VESSEL REVIEW | Beysug – Third 80-metre workhorse in series joins Rosmorrechflot’s salvage and rescue fleet


A new multi-purpose vessel was recently commissioned into the Marine Rescue Service of the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transportation (Rosmorrechflot)

Named Beysug after a river in the Krasnodar Krai district of Southwestern Russia’s North Caucasus region, it is the third of a planned quartet of Project MPSV12 all-steel, shallow-draught salvage and rescue vessels to be built by United Shipbuilding Corporation’s (USC) Nevsky Shipyard for the same operator.

The Project MPSV12 vessels were developed beginning in 2015 in response to Rosmorrechflot’s need for an ice-capable marine salvage and search and rescue (SAR) platform that could operate in the open sea as well as in shallower inland waterways. Further, in addition to performing salvage and SAR, the Project MPSV12 vessels were also expected to carry out towing of navigation aids and damaged vessels, casualty evacuation, limited transport of passengers and cargo, dive support, operation as a vessel of opportunity for remotely controlled vehicles, and firefighting and oil spill response even in areas with temperatures as high as 60 degrees Celsius.

Beysug has an LOA of 79.85 metres, a moulded beam of 16.8 metres, a depth of 6.7 metres, a draught of 3.2 metres, and a deadweight of 1,920 tonnes. There is onboard space for a standard crew of 12 as well as 24 salvage technicians and other specialists, though the vessel has been designed to accommodate up to 150 people should the need arise, such as in instances of evacuating survivors from distressed large passenger vessels.

Two 2,610kW main engines drive a pair of controllable pitch propellers, and this configuration will enable the vessel to sail up to a maximum unrefuelled range of 4,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Like its Project MPSV12 sisters, Beysug was designed by local naval architecture firm Marine Engineering Bureau to be able to take on the full range of typical marine salvage and rescue duties and other associated tasks. Hence, it is equipped with a broad array of features for every conceivable mission.

The vessel is capable of delivering a bollard pull of 50 tonnes when towing buoys and other vessels using an onboard automatic double-drum winch. For oil spill response, two hydraulically powered, trawl-mounted oil collectors and a 12-metre telescopic boom from Finnish pollution control specialist Lamor have been fitted.

The vessel also comes equipped with a self-propelled daughter craft for SAR work. The boat is powered by an inboard diesel engine, has seating for up to six people, and is to be used primarily for picking up survivors of marine incidents in areas where the Project MPSV12 ships could not operate due to their size.

Beysug‘s firefighting equipment consists of two water pumps, two foam pumps, and three monitors capable of pumping out water and foam at 1,200 m³/h and 300 m³/h, respectively, over an estimated distance of 70 metres. The monitors could even be used to extinguish fires on objects with surface heights of up to 55 metres, thus allowing Beysug and the other Project MPSV12 ships to provide a more effective firefighting response to incidents on larger vessels and tall structures such as offshore oil and gas platforms.

The dive support equipment consists primarily of a mobile quick-release station that would enable divers to operate at a depth of 60 metres to carry out underwater inspections and repairs of offshore structures.

The vessel could even perform self-loading and unloading of cargo with the aid of a crane with a lifting capacity of 24 tonnes mounted on the 430-square-metre aft deck. The deck is also capable of accommodating a work-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) configured to operate at a depth of 3,000 metres to carry out research, survey, and inspection duties.

In the event of an emergency that would necessitate the evacuation of all on board, Beysug is equipped with four 51-person life rafts and two 101-person life rafts as part of a complete marine evacuation system (MES) package provided by Viking Life-Saving Equipment. The Viking MES also includes a slide that not only allows the vessel’s occupants to quickly and safely descend into waiting life rafts on the water when abandoning ship, but would also facilitate direct boarding from the water, like in the case of adrift survivors being brought on board.

Beysug has been assigned to the Marine Rescue Service’s branch whose main area of responsibility includes the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov off the northwestern coast of Russia, as well as nearby rivers.

See more stories from this month’s Tug and Salvage Week here.

Type of vessel: Salvage/SAR vessel
Classification: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
Port of registry: Port of Novorossiysk, Russian Federation
Flag: Russian Federation
Owner: Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transportation
Operator: Marine Rescue Service, Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transportation
Designer: Marine Engineering Bureau, Russian Federation
CAD software: Cadmatic; Autocad
Builder: Nevsky Shipyard, Russian Federation
Hull construction material: Steel
Superstructure construction material: Steel
Deck construction material: Steel
Length overall: 79.85 metres
Length waterline: 70.28 metres
Length bp: 73.39 metres
Beam: 16.8 metres (17.36 metres with fenders)
Draught: 3.2 metres
Depth: 6.7 metres
Displacement: 4,573 tonnes at full load
Deadweight tonnage: 1,920 tonnes
Gross tonnage: 3,030 tonnes
Net tonnage: 909 tonnes
Main engines: 2 x diesel engines rated 2,610 kW each
Gearboxes: 2 х vertical offset, single reduction gearboxes
Propulsion: 2 x controllable pitch propellers
Generators: 2 x Cummins 800kW
Side thrusters: 3 x Wuhan Kawasaki Marine Machinery Products side thrusters, each 790kW
Steering system: 2 x electro-hydraulic steering engines with 100 kNm
Range: 4,000 nautical miles
Bollard pull: 50 tonnes
Hydraulic equipment: 2 x Lamor trawl-mounted oil collectors
Electronics supplied by: BMA, SAIT Marine
Radars: Furuno S-Band Radar ARPA 10cm (3GHz); Furuno X-Band Radar ARPA 3cm (9GHz)
Depth sounder: Skipper GDS101
Radios: Ship earth station inmarsat-miniC with EGC/ SSAS/ LRIT; MF/HF radio installation 250 W with DSC and telex; VHF radio installation with DSC controller and CH.70 DSC watch keeping receiver; VHF radio-telephone station; inmarsat- fleet-broadband ship earth station; navtex receiver; two-way VHF radio-telephone apparatus; EPIRB cospas-sarsat; radar transponders (SART)
Weatherfax: Furuno FAX-30
Compasses: Reflecta-Raytheon magnetic compass; Tokyo Keiki GC-85 gyrocompass; Furuno SC-110 satelite compass
GMDSS: Compliant with IMO and flag state requirements for marine areas A1+A2+A3+A4
GPS: GPS AIS Rx; 2 X GPS Rx; 2 X DGPS Rx for DP system
AIS: Thrane and Thrane Sailor 6280 AIS
Audio video system: Unicont TCOH-1003 television system with night vision equipment; Current Corporation Night Navigator 220 night vision camera
Winch: Automatic double-drum (with two ropes) towing winch with pull load about 100 tonnes at drums
Capstan/windlass: Bow mooring-anchor winch which provides automatic tension and etching of mooring ropes; 2 x aft mooring capstans
Cranes: Offshore deck crane with 24-tonne capacity and 20-metre reach; cargo davit
Other deck equipment: 60-tonne towing hook with quick release
Watermaker: Quantum QTM RO 12T SW
Other equipment installed: Work-class ROV; mobile quick-release diving station
Alarm systems: Fire alarm and gas detection system; alarm and monitoring system
Paints/coatings: Two-component ice-resistant paint over anti-fouling coating from ice belt to maximum loadline waterline
Lighting: Fluorescent fixtures
Interior designer: Marine Engineering Bureau
Liferafts: Viking Life-Saving Equipment MES with four 51-person life rafts and two 101-person liferafts
Rescue boats: Self-propelled rescue boat with capacity for six people
Type of fuel: MGO
Fuel capacity: 481 cubic metres plus 407 cubic metres for cargo
Freshwater capacity: 285 cubic metres plus 543 cubic metres for cargo
Sewage/blackwater capacity: 121 cubic metres
Accommodation: Block cabins
Crew: 12 crew; 24 technicians
Passengers: 150
Type of operations envisaged: Marine salvage, search and rescue, towing of buoys and damaged vessels, casualty evacuation, limited transport of passengers and cargo, dive support, use as vessel of opportunity for ROVs, firefighting, and oil spill response

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