On February 9, 2016, acceptance/delivery certificate was signed for tugboat Afalina, Project 16609 (Hull No 630) built for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, press center of Pella Shipyard says.
The tugboat has been delivered to the state customer and will join the Black Sea Fleet of RF Navy in the nearest future.
The tugboat is intended for towing and berthing operations in harbor and coastal areas which comply with R2 navigation area (not more than 100 miles from place of shelter).
Ship's general characteristics: LOA – 28.5 m, breadth overall – 9.5 m, draft – 4.3 m, operational speed – nearly 12 knots, RS class notation - KM Arc4 R2 ?ut1 FF3 WS Tug.
Deck equipment: bow electro-hydraulic anchor-towing-mooring winch Fluidmecanica providing 10 t of bollard pull and 1383 kN of brake holding force; 47 t towing hook SWL with quick release device.
In order to fulfill fire-fighting operations the tugboat is equipped with external fire fighting system made by FFS (capacity is 800 m3/h, 2 water monitors, water curtains system).
SC Pella Shipyard based in Russia’s Leningrad region was founded in 1950. In 1992 Pella was privatized as Pella Holding Co. comprising the head office and several subsidiaries. The shipbuilding firm specializes in building tractor tugs with rated power of 1,000hp to 5,000hp, push boats, escort tugs, pilot boats and SAR boats for Russian and foreign customers.