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05.10.20 13:35
SDS08 marine diving vessel "Uglich" participated in the "Caspian-2020" exercises to rescue people and eliminate the oil spill

According to information of the Marine Salvage Service of RosMorRechFlot, the multifunctional SDS08 marine diving vessel "Uglich" participated in the complex exercises "Caspian-2020" to search and rescue people in distress at sea, eliminate the consequences of maritime accidents and oil spills in the northern part of the Caspian Sea.
The exercises were attended by 33 ships, helicopters, ships of the Caspian Flotilla and border departments of the Caspian regions.
The marine rescue service of RosMorRechFlot was represented by the rescuers of the Caspian branch of the institution.
Direct participants in the Caspian-2020 complex exercises were FSBI "AMP of the Caspian Sea", MRCC Astrakhan, the Astrakhan branch of FSUE "Rosmorport", the Caspian flotilla of the Navy, the Frontier Directorate for the Republic of Dagestan, the Border Directorate for the Republic of Kalmykia, the Border Directorate for the Astrakhan region and the Caspian Branch of the Marine Rescue Service.
The exercises were held under the general guidance of the "AMP of the Caspian Sea".
From the Caspian branch of the FSBI " Marine Rescue Service ", a specialized SDS08 marine diving vessel "Uglich", a specialized boom-handling vessel PTR-50 "Antares", equipped with equipment for containment and elimination of an oil spill (OSR), two rescue boats and an emergency rescue unit were involved in the exercise with specialized equipment designed for oil spill response.
At the first stage of the exercise, one of the main characters was the crew of SDS08 marine diving vessel "Uglich", whose captain was appointed as the on-scene coordinator for the search and rescue operation.
According to the legend of the exercises, the rescuers needed to provide assistance to the crew of a sunken ship drifting under the influence of wind and current on life rafts.
At the second stage, the rescue divisions of the Caspian branch carried out work to eliminate the conditional oil pollution from the "sunken" ship. The rescuers of the Caspian branch of the Marine Rescue Service coped with all the tasks perfectly.
The main tasks that the organizers of the exercises set for the participants were: to work out the organization of interaction of forces and means during search operations in accordance with International Convention on Search and Rescue at Sea(1979), and work to eliminate the consequences of an oil and oil product spill in accordance with the provisions of the Framework Convention for the Protection the marine environment of the Caspian Sea 2003; to assess the level of preparedness of the personnel of rescue teams and their command units in the elimination of the consequences of marine accidents; to determine the degree of readiness of the command units, forces and means to perform the tasks assigned to them; to improve the practical actions of the vessels' crews and personnel of emergency rescue teams on OSR in the sea area.
Exercises were worked out successfully, all aims were worked out and set tasks were fulfilled.
SDS08 "Uglich" was built at Yaroslavl Shipyard in 2011 due to order of FSUE "State Customer Management of Maritime Transport Development Programs" of the Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport of the Russian Federation.
SDS08 prj. was designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
SDS08 marine diving vessel has Ice 2 class, inclined stem and transom aft end, long forecastle, deckhouse located fore. Vessel also has engine room located aft, diesel main engines, two controllable-pitch propellers and bow thruster. Her principal dimensions are as follows:
Length overall is 38.35 m;
Length between perpendiculars is 36.35 m;
Breadth overall is about 7,92 m;
Breadth (due waterline) is 7.70 m;
Design draught is 2.35 m;
Full speed is 12 kn.;
Economical speed is 8 kn.;
Main engines capacity is 2 x 442 kW;
Autonomy is 5 days.
Russian Maritime Registry of Shipping class is KM Ice 2 R2 AUT3-C OMBO SDS>100.
Project considerably differs from existing similar vessels:
1. Diving equipment, mounted on vessel, allows carrying out diving and underwater works on depth till 100 m. There are no analogues of such equipment at existing vessels that are operated by State Maritime Salvage Department of RF.
2. Vessel can carry out fire extinguishing on other vessels and floating objects using two mechanical-foam stream nozzles.
3. Vessel is equipped by tug winch that allows carrying out tugging functions.
4. Vessel will provide oil spill response functions if boom and skimmer are placed onboard.
5. Vessel's characteristics and special equipment provide carrying out of diving salvage operations during sea state up to 3, and vessel can sail to the salvage place while waves' height is 7 m.
6. Two main high-speed engines with capacity of 442 kW each provide required vessel's running qualities, work to the variable-pitch propellers. Bow thruster with capacity of 120 kW is mounted for vessel's keeping at place of operational works.
7. Up-to-date remote-controlled underwater apparatus allow inspection of a sea-bottom, underwater part of ships' hull and rudder propellers of vessels, underwater part of waterside structures on depth till 100 m.
8. Equipment for underwater welding on depth till 25 m and underwater cutting on depth till 100 m is used for salvage operations, repair of underwater part of vessels, repair of hydraulic structures, carrying out of rescue operations. In addition, cargo lifting equipment allows lifting objects of weight till 2.0 t from depth till 100 m.
9. Vessel carries out water pumping from wrecking vessel's compartments and also pontoon air blow during participation in re-floating.
Diving equipment consists of:
• pressure chamber for 4 divers;
• diving half-cone with launching gauge;
• diving equipment with SUPERLITE helmet and DESCO ventilate helmet;
• diving equipment of universal "dry" type;
• divers' water-heater equipment;
• communication equipment;
• underwater illumination equipment;
• underwater television equipment;
• underwater welding/cutting equipment;
• hydraulic tools;
• pumping equipment;
• soil water-cut equipment;
• remote-controlled underwater apparatus;
• diving ladder.
Thereby, unique combination of equipment mounted on vessel, and also high-powered power plant allows carrying out almost any specialized works related to diving-technical works on depth till 100 m. In addition vessel can carry out fire extinguishing on other vessels using two mechanical-foam stream nozzles with capacity of 180 cub.m. per hour and carry out tug functions (ground-mooring-tug winch with force of 7 tons is mounted aft), pump water out from compartment of wrecking vessel, participate into oil spill operations. Such combination of functions is unique for vessel with length of 38 m only.
Keel of the lead SDS08 vessel "Stolniy Grad Yaroslavl" (building No. 201) was laid down on 28.08.2009. Vessel was launched on 12.08.2010 and accepted for operation on 25.10.2010.
Keel of the second vessel "Rostov Velikiy" (building No. 202) was laid down on 09.03.2010. She was launched on 21.04.2011 and accepted for operation on 30.05.2011.
Keel of the third vessel "Uglich" (building No. 203) was laid down on 16.03.2010. She was launched on 24.05.2011 and accepted for operation on 07.08.2011.
Keel of the fourth vessel "Rybinsk" (building No. 204) was laid down on 09.08.2011. She was launched on 19.06.2012 and accepted for operation on 15.08.2012.