VLADIVOSTOK. July 8. VOSTOK-MEDIA – ‘Transshelf’ transport vessel with two Shchuka class nuclear-power submarines on board arrives to Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard (Closed Territorial-Administrative Facility Bolshoy Kamen) from Kamchatka on July 10. This is a unique unparallel operation.
The two decommissioned submarines will arrive on board of Dutch heavy lift vessel for subsequent utilization at the Far Eastern Shipyard, reported press service of the shipyard.
Back in 2006 Russian Northern Fleet was the 1st in the world to try a new way of transporting a nuclear powered submarine. The nuke traveled neither under its own power nor on tow. In fact, it got a piggyback ride on a self-loading vessel.
The new technology will be further developed in the Russian Far East. By July 10 ‘Transshelf’ will cover 2,500 kilometer on the route from Kamchatka, where the submarines are stationed at the present, to Bolshoy Kamen. The vessel will carry two 106-meter long nuclear-power submarines on its board.
Transportation of these submarines is implemented in the framework of the ‘Global Partnership’ programme – assistance in utilizing of nuclear-power submarines.