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Russia will create a fleet of “floating gas stations”

by alex

Россия создаст флот «плавучих бензоколонок»

The Ministry of defence of the tanker project 23130 will create in the Arctic fleet “floating gas stations”, report “Izvestia”, citing sources in the defense Ministry.

The newspaper reminds that the head ship of the series, “Academician Pashin”, joined the Northern fleet in January. “A few years in the Arctic will start to operate the whole group of such courts. It is planned that they will not only provide ships at sea with fuel, but also will be a critical logistics element of the entire Arctic infrastructure of Russia”, — writes the edition.

According to the newspaper, the average sea tanker of 23130 project has a displacement of 9 thousand tons, length — 130 meters, width — 21 meters, maximum speed — 16 knots. The duration of Autonomous navigation — up to two months. Maximum range — more than 14.5 thousand kilometers. The ship is able to operate in the Arctic ocean when the ice thickness up to 0.8 meters.

“Released from the base of the Northern fleet warship can reach Gibraltar if it is to go the economical course. For further navigation, it requires refueling,” says the former chief of the General staff of the Navy (Navy) of Russia Admiral Valentin Selivanov.

In July, the Vice-President of the Russian Academy of rocket and artillery Sciences on information policy, doctor of military Sciences Konstantin Sivkov in the “Military-industrial Kurier” wrote that the planned construction time for serial ships and submarines, laid down on 20 July in Russia, consists of seven or eight years and most likely will not be sustained, while the Soviet ships of the same class were built in three-four times faster.

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