Fleet of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch Replenished
In April 2016 Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch acquired a small-sized vessel with an inflatable board Katran of Nautilus 800 project, built by Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard, JSC (Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad region) for the needs of the branch.
This is the third boat of this project used by the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch for hydrographic works. Two other vessels, Gals and Sargan, are successfully operated by the branch in the seaports of Tuapse and Novorossiysk, respectively.
The advantage of this type of vessels is their operational efficiency and maneuverability, which significantly allows to reduce the timelines for surveying works and works on maintenance of floating navigation signs.
Currently, installation of hydrographic equipment on the vessel is underway: automated hydrographic surveying system based on multibeam echosounder Reson SeaBat T20-P; GPS receiver Trimble SPS-461 and single beam echosounder Simrad EA-400SP.
After the installation work is completed Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch plans to use Katran to increase the efficiency of hydrographic works performed by the branch in the seaports of Kavkaz and Temryuk.
Hydrographic vessel Katran has been named in honor of the mud shark (in Russian - “katran”), or common spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) of the Squalidae family. The spiny dogfish inhabits temperate waters of the basins of all oceans, it is found at the depth of 1460 meters, has a length of 160 cm and is considered one of the most widespread shark species in the world.
Main technical characteristics of the vessel:
Vessel type – small-sized motor vessel with an inflatable board
Vessel class by the classification of the State Inspection of Small Vessels (SISV) – 1ᴖ2(1)10/250
Length – 8.4 m
Beam – 3.1 m
Moulded depth – 1,35 m
Draft – 0.9 m
Main propulsion system – 320 kW
Speed — 35 knots
Endurance – 6 hours
Crew – 2 persons