The Russian Navy Hydrographic Service is planning to lay the keels of the newest project 19910 small hydrographic survey vessel and project 19920 large hydrographic survey boat in May this year.
The small hydrographic vessel will be built at the Vympel shipyard in the city of Rybinsk, and the large hydrographic boat is planned to be built at the Okskaya Sudoverf enterprise in the city of Navashino (Nizhny Novgorod Region).
According to Captain 1 Rank Sergey Travin, Chief of the Navigation and Oceanography Directorate of the Russian Defence Ministry, Project 19910 vessels are to be equipped with the most advanced means for hydrographical studies of sea areas. They are built taking into account suggestions and recommendations based on the experience of trials and hydrographic activities of the previous ships of this project.
Vessels will become even more perfect for a number of their opportunities. First of all, they are designed for servicing navigation means, delivering cargoes to unequipped coasts, performing research using a multi-beam echo sounder.
These vessels will be of a strengthened ice protection and will also be able to work not only in deep sea conditions, but also in shallow water areas.
The large survey boat is intended to perform buoy laying, survey of inshore waters and maintenance works. It can also carry out other missions such as inspection, maintenance, recharge and repair of onshore and floating navigational equipment. It is further used to transport cargo, special-purpose equipment and personnel to unprepared shores.
Project 19910 hydrographic vessels are designed for servicing navigation equipment, delivering cargo to unequipped coasts, performing research with a multi-beam sonic depth finder. They will have a strengthened ice type and will also be able to work not only in deep sea conditions, but also in shallow waters.