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Technical Fleet: More Alive Than Dead

February 19, 2010

The course toward upgrading under the motto “Come On, Russia!” announced by the President Dmitry Medvedev is to change the fate of the national fleet, particularly, that of the technical fleet. This is conditioned by the fact that taking into account the respectable age and rate of mortality of the technical fleet, it is impossible to meet targets set by the President and assure maintaining dimensions and depth of inland waterway navigable channels without constructing new and upgrading existing dredge ships, dredging pumps, service, sounding operations and other auxiliary ships.

Thus, deplorable facts were sounded at the meeting dedicated to the dredging fleet issues held under the chairmanship of Oleg Shakhmardanov, Deputy Director of the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency. To ensure safety of navigation, inland waterway dredging operations are carried out in the volume of 23 mln. cubic meters and 90 thousand of landmarks and floating marks are maintained. There are 2850 technical vessels, of them 2510 (88.1%) vessels being ready for service, are on the balance sheet of state basin managements for waterways and navigation. In order to attend inland waterways, about 2180 technical vessels (86.8% of effective vessels or 76.5% of the total amount) are put into operation annually. For the last decade, the number of dredge ships at inland waterways decreased from 210 to 168. By 2010, standard operation time of 119 of these 168 vessels is to expire, and for 151 vessel this characteristic will be outlasted by 2015. For some time past, the number of decommissioned ships grew from 17 to 38 items per year. And nearly one third of the fleet is to be decommissioned by 2015.

Non-operable vessels excluding unique ones (backhoe dredgers, self-propelling dredgers, rock-crushing dredgers) are not to be reconditioned and to be decommissioned. Immediate actions not taken, only 28 operable vessels of the technical fleet aging 17 years will be left by 2015. While the technical fleet needs in view of its planned volumes of engineering works and ship decommissioning is to amount to 796 items, of that 81 dredging vessels, 125 – service ones, and 59 ecological ones.

Construction of 22 dredge ships is assumed by the Federal Target Programme for the Development of the Transport Infrastructure of the Russian Federation (2010-2015). In order to remedy the situation of the technical fleet, the representatives of NPO Golfstrim offer construction of less expensive non-propelled dredge ships with personnel accommodation onboard floating landing stages or leading slurry pipeline pontoons. According to Sergey Shtin, Director of NPO, up to 8 state-of-the-art Russian non-propelled dredging pumps and mining machinery (soil pumps, cutters, slurry pipeline components) are being constructed at hydraulic earthmoving plant Golfstrim (Alexandrov, the Vladimir Region) annually. These dredging pumps are equipped only with domestic machinery, so their cost reduces significantly.

Oleg Shakhmardanov, Deputy Director of Rosmorrechflot, adheres to the idea of extended use of non-propelled dredging pumps, and notices that in view of modern sanitary standards for noise and vibration placing accommodation superstructure on operating dredge ships will result in significant rice in price of the vessel. At the same time, as to the fleet upgrading issue he is committed to the principle of making engineering solutions with due consideration of insufficient means allocated for the construction of the dredging fleet.

The dredging pump fitting-out by order of Rosmorrechflot is being finished at Nizhegorodsky Teplokhod Plant, OJSC. The ship design developed in the 80’s had to be altered, upgraded. This newly-built ship is looked forward by the beginning of the navigation. And the launch of this dredging pump planned for spring can become a turning point in the history of the national technical fleet.


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