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MPSV06 – Multi purpose salvage vessel

MPSV06 class vessels are a series of three icebreaking salvage vessels, one of which is being built in Russia and two that have been ordered from the German shipbuilder Nordic Yards Wismar. The first vessel of the class, Spasatel Petr Gruzinskiy, was reportedly laid down at Amur Shipbuilding Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, already in 2010 but is not yet operative. The second and third vessels, Beringov Proliv and Murman, were laid down in November 2013 at Nordic Yards and launched in September 2014. Both ships were delivered on December 2015.

The ice class of the vessels, assigned by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, is Icebreaker. They have two large cranes, for salvage, and a landing platform for helicopters. They are capable of operating remotely operated underwater vehicles, and have decompression facilities sufficient to support a team of deep divers.

Multi Purpose Salvage Vessel MPSV06

Multi Purpose Salvage Vessel MPSV06


Soya: from a cargo to an Antarctic vessel – da cargo a nave antartica

Soya is a japanese museum ship (by Tokyo Maritime museum) that previously served as icebreaker and was the first Japanese ship used for an Antarctic expedition.

Soya è un rompighiaccio oggi musealizzato al Museo Marittimo di Tokyo che fu utilizzato per la prima spedizione Giapponese in Antartide.

The vessel that became the Japanese icebreaker Sōya was originally ordered from the Matsuo shipyard Koyagi Island by the Soviet Union. She was launched from the shipyard February 1938 as Volochaevetz but she was never handed over due to political tensions between Japan and Soviet Union.

L’unità che divenne il rompighiaccio giapponese Soya era stato originariamente ordinato al cantiere Matsuo – Koyagi Island dall’Unione Sovietica. Varata nel 1938 come Volochavetz non fu però mai consegnata a causa della crescente tensione tra i due stati.

MV Soya (Volochaevetz) as in 1938

Completed as an ice-breaking cargo freighter she was renamed Chiryō Maru until Nov. 1939 when she was requisitioned by IJN and she got the name Soya with assigned duties as auxiliary ammunition ship/survey vessel.

Completato come cargo rompighiaccio fu chiamata Chiryō Maru  fino al novembre 1939 quando venne requisita dalla Marina Imperiale Giapponese: le venne dato il nome Soya e venne destinata al servizio di nave da trasporto munizioni e di sorveglianza.

Ammunition ship Soya as in 1941

After the war she served as a repatriation ship and then as a lighthouse supply ship until 1956 when she was overhauled and modified to make her ready for Antarctic research.

Alla fine della guerra fu utilizzata per il rimpatrio dei prigionieri giapponesi e successivamente come nave-faro fino al 1956 quando fu completamente modificata per essere utilizzata come nave da ricerca in Antartide.

Japan - AGB Soya as in 1956

On the second trip, in 1958, she rescued the explorers from the first expedition who had become stranded at the Syowa research station. Unfortunately they had to leave the expedition’s dogs behind. On Soya’s return a year later, two of the dogs, Taro and Jiro were found alive. This event inspired the Disney’s movie “Eight Below”.  A larger helideck was added in 1959.

Nel suo secondo viaggio, nel 1958, recuperò gli esploratori della prima spedizione bloccati alla stazione Syowa, abbandonando però i cani della spedizione al loro destino. L’anno successivo vennero ritrovati sorprendentemente vivi  due dei cani, Jiro a Taro. Questo episodio ispirò il film della Disney “Eight Below”. Nel 1959 venne ulteriormente modificata per realizzate un ponte elicotteri maggiore.

Japan - AGB Soya as in 1959

She was decommissioned in 1978, and in 1979 became a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Maritime Science, Tokyo.

Fu radiata nel 1978 e dal 1979 è stat musealizzata al Museo Marittimo di Tokyo.

50 Let Pobedy

50 Years of Victory

Russia - Nuclear Icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy

Construction started on October 4, 1989 at the Baltic Works in Leningrad (currently Saint Peterburg) but she was finally completed in the beginning of 2007, due to lack of funds. Upon completing sea trials the ship showed superior characteristics for an icebreaker, such as exceptional maneuverability and a top speed of 21.4 knots (39.6 km/h). The icebreaker based on project no. 10521 is an upgrade of the Arktika-class, the most powerful icebreakers ever built. The 159.60 m (524 ft) long and 20.0 m (66 ft) wide vessel, with a displacement of 25840 metric tons, is designed to break through ice up to 2.8 meters thick. She has a 140-man crew. 50 Led Pobedyis also an experimental project; for the first time in history of the Russian icebreakers it used a spoon-shaped bow. As predicted by the ship’s designers, such a shape increases the efficiency of the ship’s efforts in breaking the ice. The icebreaker is equipped with an all-new digital automated control system. The biological-radioactive shielding complex was heavily modernized and re-certified by the State Commission. A storage compartment for exausted radioactive materials was also created.


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Sevmorput (Севморпуть) – Russian nuclear-powered cargo ship

Sevmorput (Севморпуть) is a Russian nuclear-powered cargo ship with ice breaing capabilities, one of only four nuclear-powered cargo ships ever built, and the only one still operating under nuclear power, with the others having been retired or been converted to diesel propulsion. The Sevmorput, as a type of cargo ship, is classified as a Lighter Aboard Ship, transporting  lighters and ISO standard containers in specially provided cells and on the main deck. It was constructed in  kerch, Ukraine at the Zaliv shipbuilding plant. The ship was completed in 1988.

The name of the vessel, Sevmorput, is a Russian abbreviation of Severny Morskoy Put (Северный Морской Путь), i.e. the Northern Sea Route.

Nuclear LASH Sevmorput

Icebrekers Moskva and Sankt Peterburg

RosMorPort FSUE has taken delivery of the diesel-electric icebreakers Moskva and Sankt Peterburg built by Baltiysky Zavod shipyard. The vessel’s home port is St. Petersburg.

The Moskva icebreaker is the first ship in a new generation of multipurpose icebreakers and is the first icebreaker with a diesel-electric power plant to be built at a Russian shipyard in the last 32 years. During that time, all Russia’s non-nuclear icebreakers were built abroad.  The Moskva-class icebreakers are designed to escort large-capacity tankers, to salvage and rescue ships caught in ice floes, to clean up oil and chemicals spills in open sea, and to fight fires on board ships in the Arctic. The icebreaker was designed by specialists of Baltiysky Zavod with participation of design bureau Baltsudoproekt.

Russia - Icebreaker Moskva

Russia - Icebreaker Sankt Peterburg

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