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Dockwise to transport Russian submarines

Archiv – Dutch maritime company Dockwise has been contracted to transport three Russian submarines to yards near the port of Murmansk for dismantling. Dutch maritime company Dockwise has been contracted to transport three Russian submarines to yards near the port of Murmansk for dismantling. This is the first time that the Russian navy has asked a company in the West to transport its nuclear submarines.
The transportation and dismantling project involves two Victor-class submarines and a November-class vessel, all of which were taken out of service 15 years ago. The submarines will be transported on Dockwise’s semi-submersible vessel Transshelf which measures 173 metres long and 40 metres wide. By submerging Transshelf, the submarines can be floated on deck.
According to Dockwise’€™s General Manager Engineering Henk de Groot, the Russian navy has traditionally taken responsibility for transporting its own submarines. However, he maintains, the positioning of the cargo on the deck of a vessel offers a more efficient and reliable means of transportation. While the transportation process itself is not technically difficult, the type of cargo demands special attention. Mr De Groot comments: ’Safety of the environment and of our people is, of course, of the utmost importance. Therefore, we have contacted all sorts of nuclear experts to advise us. We don’€™t want to take any risks. We have also contacted the Norwegian organisation Bellona. This environmental group is very well informed about the Russian nuclear fleet.’€™
The project is being sponsored by Norway and Canada. Together with the Russian government, they are emphasising the importance of dismantling the Russian nuclear fleet in a highly responsible manner.
The Transshelf departed the Port of Rotterdam bound for Murmansk on August 15. The submarines will be transported in three separate shipments, with the first scheduled for the second half of August.
(Source: Maritime Press Clippings)

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