JSC “Admiralty Shipyards” (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) has started factory sea trials of the ice-resistant self-propelled platform “North Pole”.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation Alexander Kozlov took part in the procedure for sending a unique vessel for the implementation of the test program. The head of the department noted the importance of the production process and said that LSP “North Pole” is a complex facility, the construction of which is “from scratch”. The Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation emphasized that such a gift to world science can only be made by a country like Russia.
“There are no analogues of the platform in the world,” said Alexander Kozlov. – The Admiralty shipyards did everything to ensure that this stage took place on time, on time. You are now seeing an excellent embodiment of those plans that were born on a sheet of paper and were supported by the leadership of our country. I will say that we received further instructions to develop new ships for the Arctic, and we hope that the Admiralty Shipyards will act as our reliable partner in the subsequent implementation of these projects.”
“If we talk about those expeditions in the Arctic that took place several decades ago, it can be noted that most of the time the scientists spent fighting for survivability,” said Alexander Buzakov, General Director of Admiralty Shipyards. “Today, thanks to the platform, it has become possible to devote most of the time directly to science.”
During the tests, which will take place in the Baltic, the company’s specialists will check navigational certificates for communication, location and navigation systems, as well as check the operation of auxiliary diesel generators, the main diesel engine, service systems, auxiliary boiler plants and main ship units.
The enterprise is building the North Pole LSP on the order of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring as part of the implementation of the state program for the socio-economic development of the Arctic zone.
The contract between Admiralty Shipyards and Roshydromet for the construction of LSP was signed in April 2018. The vessel was laid down on April 10, 2019. The construction of the order takes place as part of the implementation of the state program for the socio-economic development of the Arctic region of the Russian Federation.
LSP “North Pole” has the functionality of a research center and is intended for year-round expeditions in the high latitudes of the Arctic Ocean. The vessel is designed to conduct geological, acoustic, geophysical and oceanographic research; capable of passing through the ice without the involvement of an icebreaker, as well as taking on board heavy helicopters of the MI-8 AMT (Mi-17) type. LSP will provide comfortable and safe working and living conditions for the crew and scientific personnel at the polar station at temperatures down to -50 o and 85% humidity.
The main performance characteristics of the LSP: length – 83.1 m; width – 22.5 m; displacement – about 10390 tons; power plant – 4200 kW; speed – at least 10 knots; hull strength – Arc8; autonomy in terms of fuel reserves – about 2 years; service life – not less than 25 years; crew – 14 people; scientific staff – 34 people. The ice-resistant self-propelled platform “North Pole” is being built to the class of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping: KM(*) Arc5 AUT1-C HELIDECK-F Special purpose ship.