KALININGRAD, September 10 (Itar-Tass) — The ship Seliger built by the Baltic Shipyard “Yantar” in Kaliningrad for the Defence Ministry has started the final stage of sea trials in the Black Sea.
The Seliger is intended for testing equipment, carrying out deep-water research and search-and-rescue operations at sea.
The sea trials in the Black Sea will finish before the end of September.
The vessel will be based at the port of Temryuk on the Sea of Azov, to which the Seliger has sailed off from Kaliningrad. The ship will be prepared for final sea trials after which it will be handed over to the Defence Ministry.
The Seliger is the lead experimental ship of Project 11982 developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The Defence Ministry and Yantar signed a contract for its construction in February 2009. The ship was laid down on July 8, 2009 and launched on July 29, 2011.
The shipyard Yantar was established in 1945 on the basis of the former German Schichau company. The history of the shipyard is inseparably linked with formation and development of Russia's youngest Kaliningrad region.
The Baltic Shipyard Yantar is the only Russian shipbuilding yard located in the South-Eastern part of the Baltic Sea in proximity to Europe's largest industrial centres.
The shipyard has at its disposal its own territory and modern facilities, which allow it to construct vessels with the deadweight of up to 20,000 tonnes. The Quality Management System meets the requirements of ISO 9001 International Standards.
Over 65 years of its operation, Yantar has become a well-known builder of modern warships and civil vessels of various classes and purposes. In addition to traditional war and civil shipbuilding, the shipyard copes with such forward-looking production trends as construction of aluminum vessels, mechanical engineering and metal working, ship repairing and upgrading, and metal structure construction. During the period from 1949 to 2010 the shipyard built 154 ship for the Russian Navy.
In addition to warships, the shipyard also launched more than 100 large and about 400 small civilian vessels in 1945- 2010, including dry cargo vessels, ice-breaking ferry boats, rescue tugboats of ice-class Project 843 and harbor tugboats Project 04983, self-propelled river cargo barges, and an environmental protection vessel.
Yantar has repaired more than 450 military ships and civilian vessels. The shipyard is currently focused on the implementation of the government defence order, participation in military technical cooperation, civil shipbuilding and ship repair, support for the Baltic Fleet.
As part of military technical cooperation, Yantar is building for a series of Project 11356 Frigates developed by Severnoye Design Bureau for the Indian Navy.
Yantar is a member of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.