MOSCOW, Russia (BulgarianMilitary.com), July 4, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: ZNT Yard
The photo shows the Alexander Evlanov Major Hydrographic Boat.
Last week the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Russia announced that the Alexander Evlanov MHB (Major Hydrographic Boat) has been floated out with a ceremony at the Nizhegorodsky Teplohod Shipyard (ZNT Yard), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Under the Project 23040G and an agreement with the Russian MoD, the Nizhegorodsky Teplohod Shipyard will build 6 MHBs and Alexander Evlanov is the first one.
When the vessel, named in honour of distinguished hydrographer Rear Admiral Aleksandr Evlanov, is ready for placing in active service it will become part of the Baltic Fleet Hydrographic Service.
The hydrographer Rear Admiral Aleksandr Evlanov (12th Jan.1923 – 18th Nov.1992) studied the bottom relief during 25 distant cruises in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans
The boats under the Project 23040G have been developed for the needs of the Russian Navy and hence under their technical requirements. They can be operated at depths of up to 2000 m for surveying the relief with a single-beam echo depth-sounder and will be also used for bottom surveying and examining navigational hazards at depths of up to 400 m.
The keels for the next two vessels of the class (Vladimir Kozitsky and Boris Slobodnik) were laid down in May this year.
ZNT is a modern shipyard with successful experience in the implementation of complete-cycle projects, which involve design, construction and technical support of the manufactured boats. The major competence of the shipyard is construction of vessels for technical and auxiliary fleets.