KALININGRAD, May 18 (Itar-Tass) —— The order portfolio of the Kaliningrad Yantar shipbuilding plant exceeds 100 billion rubles. The orders will keep the shipyard busy no less than until 2016, Yantar Acting General Director Alexander Konovalov said on Friday.
The shipyard launched the Ivan Gren large landing ship constructed for the Russian Navy. The Baltic Fleet will welcome the ship into it in 2013.
“Our order portfolio exceeds 100 billion rubles, including orders received in the course military-technical cooperation,” Konovalov said. “The Yantar shipyard will build two ships per annum in 2014-2016,” he added.
The Kaliningrad shipyard will supply the second frigate to the Indian Navy this year. “The frigate will start trials in the Baltic Sea next week,” he said. The third frigate for the Indian Navy will be constructed in 2014.
Currently, the shipyard is holding sea trials of the Seliger prototype vessel constructed to the order of the Russian Defense Ministry to test equipment and to accomplish deepwater research and search and rescue missions.
The shipyard is also building a unique icebreaker with an asymmetric hull.
This is an innovative product which neither the Kaliningrad shipyard nor any other shipbuilder in the world has made before. The Federal Sea and River Transport Agency and the shipyard signed the contract to build the multirole rescue vessel of Project R-70202 on October 6, 2011.
Russian and Finnish shipbuilders will create the world’s first ‘oblique’ icebreaker. Yantar will do the initial construction works, and Archtech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, a Finnish company in which the Russian United Shipbuilding Corporation has a 50% stake, will complete the project.
The large amount of orders requires skilled personnel, primarily workers, he said. Therefore, the shipyard has enlarged the number of students at its vocational schools. More than 500 prospective shipyard workers are being trained now, he said.
The Kaliningrad Yantar shipyard was established on July 8, 1945. Its focus is the construction of small and medium vessels of the civilian and military use and ship repairing works. In the 67 years of its existence the shipyard has built 154 warships and more than 500 civilian vessels. The government represented by the Western Shipbuilding Center – a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation – controls the shipyard at present.