Astrakhan Branch News

Astrakhan Branch Fleet Expansion

Under FSUE “Rosmorport” Order No 223 of June 20, 2017 the Yevgeny Vasilyev new ice-reinforced workboat of ST23WI – M Project has been transferred to the Astrakhan Branch.

The vessel was built under the order of FSUE “Rosmorport” at LLC “Onego Shipyard” (Petrozavodsk, Russia).

The workboat has become the fifth pilot's vessel and the 29th vessel of the Branch's fleet.

Navigational qualities of the vessel allow it to operate in complex meteorological conditions in sea waves higher than 3.5 m. Due to the ice reinforcement the boat can be used in ice brush that corresponds to the Ice 2 ice class.

The vessel has modern, but energy efficient diesel engines, which provide an opportunity to reduce the Branch's operational expenditure for the purpose of operative and timely delivery of pilots aboard vessels. In addition, in order to improve course-keeping qualities a maneuvering propulsion device has been installed on the vessel. The device helps increase maneuverability accuracy of the vessel in the process of line handling and maneuvering in confined waters.

The Yevgeny Vasilyev boat will be used by the Astrakhan Branch on the Volga-Caspian Marine Shipping Canal and in the seaport of Olya to embark and disembark pilots aboard vessels making calls at the seaport.

For reference:

The vessel was named in honor of Yevgeny Vasilyev, who was the head of the White Sea and Onega Shipping Company in 1970-1987. For his dedicated work, Yevgeny Vasilyev was awarded with the Valorous Labor Medal, the Badge of Honor Order, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, the Order of People's Frienship, the Medal for Veteran of Labor. He was also given the titles of Honorary Worker of River Fleet and Honored Transport Worker of Karelian ASSR.

The boat's key particulars

The vessel's class:

KM Ice2 R3-RSN

The vessel's length:  

 22.81 m

The vessel's breadth:

 6 m

The vessel's height:

2.91 m.

The vessel's draft:

1.5 m

Gross capacity:

81 tons

The speed:

12 knots

The capacity of the main

propulsion engine:

824 kW

Maximum cruising range:

50 nautical



Sea endurance:

five days by fresh water reserves


two people

The number of

carried special personnel:

 five people