The ice-resistant platform “North Pole” was laid in St. Petersburg
16:00 10 апреля 2019
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The ceremony of laying the ice-resistant self-propelled platform “North Pole” of the project 00903 was held at “Admiralty Shipyard” in St. Petersburg. It will be built in the interests of the Federal service for hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring (Roshydromet) within the state program for development of the Arctic, as RIA “Novosti” informs.
“Today we are laying the unique product that radically changes life of polar explorers. I am sure that with that attitude to work we shall definitely achieve the tasks set by the President”, said the head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Aleksey Rakhmanov.
The platform, which has no analogues in the world, is designed for year-round research in high latitudes of the Arctic Ocean. The vessel will be able to conduct geological, acoustic, geophysical and oceanographic observations, to move in the ice without involvement of an icebreaker, to receive heavy helicopters MI-17. According to the terms of the contract, the ship will be delivered to the customer in 2020.
The platform has the length 83.1 meters, the width — 22.5 meters, the water displacement — about 10 thousand 400 tonnes, the speed at least 10 knots. The crew consists of 14 people, the scientific personnel — 34 people.