RS class: ice class rescue tug Favor is launched


RS class: ice class rescue tug Favor is launched
Photo courtesy of Oka Shipyard.

The construction of the project NE025 ice class rescue tugboats to the class of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is being finalized. The launching ceremony of the last vessel in the series, Favor, took place at the Oka Shipyard, Navashino, on August 31, 2023.

A total of five units of fleet are being built under RS survey as part of the project. The vessels are designed for towing non-self-propelled floating units, winding and lifting anchors, patrolling the water area. The tugs are also capable of providing dredging fleet and hydraulic engineering works, delivering and deploying oil spill response equipment, as well as assisting in firefighting activities.

In the summer-autumn period the vessels can independently navigate through thin first-year Arctic ice up to 80 cm thick; and in winter-spring period – ice up to 60 cm thick. In finer ice conditions of the freezing non-Arctic seas the vessels can be operated on a year-round basis.

The construction is carried out at the order of the Marine Rescue Service within the framework of the Northern Sea Route infrastructure development plan for the period up to 2035. The completion of the series is expected by the end of 2023.

Class notation: KM(*) Arc4 (hull; machinery) R1 AUT3 FF3WS Tug.

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Founded in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is a world-renowned classification society that operates within all spheres of the of the maritime industry. The organization’s main objectives are to enhance the safety standards of human life at sea, ensure the safe navigation of ships and the secure transportation of cargoes by sea and inland waterways, as well as to develop standards for environmental protection.

RS reviews technical documentation, surveys ships under construction and in service, issues documents and certificates for vessels, offshore facilities, ship machinery, equipment and devices; conducts measurements of ships and floating facilities; carries out surveys to ensure compliance with international conventions; certifies industrial products and manufacturers, quality management systems, sustainability management and occupational health and safety management systems in compliance with ISO standards. RS surveys general cargo containers, thermal containers, tank containers, platform containers, offshore containers, etc.