Tugs designed to operate in harsh climate including severe ice conditions

Construction of new RS class ASD 3010 Ice and ASD 2609 Ice tugs has begun in the Chinese city of Changde.

The keel laying ceremony took place at DAMEN SHIPYARDS CHANGDE on 24-25 November 2014. Peter Vanyukov, Director of the RS Branch Office in China took part in the ceremony along with representatives from the shipyard, Vostochny Port JSC and Magadan Sea Port JSC.

The new ships have the RS class notations KM Arc4 AUT1 tug and KM Arc4 R1 AUT1 tug respectively. The tugs were designed specifically to operate in harsh climate including severe ice conditions. They will operate in ports of the Far East, in Primorye Territory and Magadan Region. Arc4 ice strengthening will enable them to work effectively during autumn and winter navigation.

The construction of two of each of these tugs is planned under the RS survey.

Source and Image Credit: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping