Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard launches second boat of Project R1650, Rondo (photo)
Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard OJSC (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) says it launched the second multi-purpose boat of Project R1650, Rondo, on 24 August 2017. The boat is built for the Border Service of Russia’s FSB.
The boat is intended for different tasks including patrol and inspection in designated areas, delivery of personnel to / from inspected ships, transport of personnel and cargo, rescue people in coastal areas.
The boats of Project R1650 Rondo developed by Design Group RICOCHET LLC feature a number of advantages. The R1650 is based on a hull that has been constructed in steel which was chosen to give the patrol boat the capability of operating in ice covered waters. This will extend the operation window of the boats during the winter months. The steel hull is combined with a deck and superstructure that are constructed from composites in order to achieve a significant reduction in the overall weight and to reduce the draft which will allow the vessel to operate in shallow waters. The hull is of the semi-displacement type with a skeg to give good directional stability.
The boat is to be delivered to the customer upon completion of mooring and sea trials in autumn 2017.
The shipyard has started the works on construction of the next serial boat the delivery of which is scheduled for 2018.
OJSC Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard, a part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, was created in 1912. The shipyard has built over 500 warships and vessels of 43 designs for the Russian Navy and foreign customers. Currently, the shipyard builds missile boats, trawlers, passenger and work vessels for various purposes and is about to start the large-scale construction of mine warships of the new generation for the Russian Navy and foreign countries.
Today, the shipyard is the leader of composite shipbuilding in Russia and the only plant in the country to build warships and civil vessels of 4 types of materials: composite materials, shipbuilding steel, nonmagnetic steel, aluminum and fiberglass. The shipyard has mastered the technology of building hulls of composite materials through vacuum infusion method.
United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC OJSC) is the largest shipbuilding company in Russia. It was set up in 2007 with 100% federal ownership. The holding comprises 40 companies and organizations (major shipbuilding and shiprepairing companies as well as leading design bureaus). Currently, USC consolidates the bulk of the domestic shipbuilding complex. The Russian market is the main focus of the state corporation though it also exports its products to 20 countries worldwide.