Russian Navy launches its newest Project 16609 harbor tug, RB-2186

The Russian Navy has commissioned its newest Project 16609 harbor tug, RB-2186 during a ceremony at Pella Shipyard on Leningrad region, Russia.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the High Command of the Navy, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet / Chief of the Service of the Transport Directorate of the Western Military District Captain 1 Rank Alexander Chuhray, representatives of the Baltic Branch of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, leadership and workers of the plant.

Upon completion of all the necessary dockside and sea trials the tug will be delivered to the Navy in 2018 and commissioned into service with the its Pacific Fleet.

The tug has an overall length (LOA) of 28.5 m, overall breadth of 9.5 m, draft of 4.3 m and an operational speed of around 12 knots.

It is propelled by a pair of azipods powered by two 1775 hp Caterpillar 3512B-HD diesel engines. It also has two 86 kW diesel-generators.

The vessel is equipped with a bow anchor-towed mooring winch and a towing hook with a quick release device. The tug also has a hydraulic truck mounted crane with a load capacity of over 900 kg and an external fire extinguishing system (capacity is 800 m3/h, 2 water monitors, water curtains system).

Project 16609 tugs have a crew complement of 8.

The tugboat is intended for towing and berthing operations in harbor and coastal areas which comply with R2 navigation area (not more than 100 miles from place of shelter), performing of escort operations at the speed of 10 knots, refloating of ships and vessels, fire fighting operations at floating and shore objects, oil and petroleum content products, cargo transportation, ice breaking, rescue and special purpose operations.

The Russian Navy currently operates 13 Project 16609 harbour tugboats.

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