Another dredger joins Astrakhan branch fleet

FSUE “Rosmorport” Astrakhan branch recently added two more vessels to its dredging fleet, the North-West–503 dredger of the R-36 project and the ShS–74 self-propelled scow of the R-122 project.

Due to the reception of these vessels, the dredging fleet of the Astrakhan branch increased up to 6 vessels, and now the branch operates 33 vessels for various purposes.

Previously, the two vessels were operating for the FBI “Administration of the Volga-Baltic Basin of Inland Waterways” and in accordance with the orders of Rosmorrechflot the vessels were transferred to the economic management of Rosmorport.

The North-West–503 dredger belongs to the class of multibucket dredging vessels. It is a double-deck vessel with a joint placement of the engine room and the main distribution frame and a separate control superstructure.

The bucket plant – with a bucket chain consisting of 33 scoopers, each with a capacity of 0.7 cubic meters – has an average capacity of 550 cubic meters per hour and can operate with bottom soils of I-V classes at depths from 3 to 10 meters.

The ShS–74 self-propelled scow is a single-deck vessel with a stern location of the superstructure and engine room, with a hold of 300 cubic meters capacity. The scow is equipped with bottom doors (sleds) for unloading dredged material into the underwater dump.

According to Rosmorport, the Astrakhan branch is planning to use the dredging convoy in 2021 for works on the 155-160 km section of the Volga-Caspian Sea Shipping Canal (VCSSC).

Photo: Rosmorport