Cantiere Navale Vittoria has delivered the EUR 8 million C.871РИМ—MОСКВА (Rome–Moscow) tug to SevRao/RosRao, two ship operating companies within the Russian Federation that will manage the vessel. The 65-tonne bollard pull vessel will be deployed in the dismantling of nuclear submarines in the Barents Sea as part of collaboration agreements between the Italian and Russian governments relating to the handling of radioactive waste.
The 32m-long azimuth stern drive tug, classed by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, has ICE2 notation and has been built to operate in temperatures as low as minus 10°C. The vessel is due to arrive in Murmansk later this month and is capable of undertaking towing and pushing operations, both in harbours and the open sea, in ice conditions. It will be used specifically for the handling of floating docks built for nuclear submarine dismantling operations.