Advertisement

RUSSIAN NAVY: The winds of change

The Russian government has announced plans to build new shipyards near St Petersburg specifically for the construction of helicopter carriers. The facilities on Kotlin Island will become part of Admiralty Shipyards and later be used for other military and civil shipbuilding projects. The move comes after long-drawn-out negotiations between Moscow and Paris, for the acquisition of Mistral class assault ships concluded with a licence to build four vessels.

The first two ships are to be built jointly by DCNS and the United Shipbuilding Corporation at the STX shipyard in St Nazaire. The cost of the first, which will take around three years to complete, is a reported €720 million and the second €650 million. Work on the next pair of ships is expected to begin in Russia in around 2014.

The agreement has been widely criticised, notably by Russia’s smaller neighbours, while many Russian military and industry experts have questioned the financial and military sense of the deal with France.

Ships Montly - January 2024

More heavylift consolidation among companies

Heavylift companies Jumbo Shipping of Holland, SAL Heavy Lift of Germany and Intermarine of the USA have formed the JSI Alliance to market their...
Advertisement

Related articles

More heavylift consolidation among companies

Heavylift companies Jumbo Shipping of Holland, SAL Heavy Lift of Germany and Intermarine of the USA have formed...

The oldest active icebreaker

The Finnish icebreaker Voima (Strength) is celebrating its 70th birthday this year as the oldest ship of its...

Viking announces float out of newest Egypt ship

On 14 May 2024 Viking announced its newest ship for the Nile River, the 82-guest Viking Sobek, was...

Wärtsilä secures China’s largest-ever methanol newbuild order

Technology group Wärtsilä will supply the methanol-fuelled auxiliary engines for five new container vessels for COSCO Shipping Lines...