August 7, 2020 (Google Translation) – Until the end of this year, the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) will include two new large hydrographic boats (BGC) of project 23040G “Vladimir Kozitsky” and “Boris Slobodnik”.
The boats have a length of 33 m and are designed for high-precision areal surveying of the bottom relief and survey of navigation hazards at depths of up to 400 m, survey of the bottom relief with a single-beam echo sounder at depths of up to 2 thousand m.
In addition, the boats are capable of performing rescue and search operations, pilotage of submarines and large ships. They have a high power-to-weight ratio and ice class, which allows them to operate on external roadsteads with a distance of up to 50 miles from their bases.
The ships are equipped with hydrographic complexes, which consists of a system for high-precision determination of the coordinates of the location of the boat, a tide gauge, side-scan sonar, multi-beam and single-beam echo sounder, as well as other equipment.
Currently, the boats are undergoing state tests in the Black Sea. During the tests, all life support systems, on-board equipment and running capabilities of boats are tested.
After the completion of the state tests, both vessels will be included in the hydrographic service of the Black Sea Fleet.