On August 12, 2014, the launching ceremony of the fourth multipurpose salvage vessel “SPASATEL DEMIDOV”, yard number 704, capacity 4 МW, project MPSV07 took place at Nevsky Shipyard’s slipway. The construction of the vessel is carried out in accordance with State Contract for the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency and for the Direction of State Contractor of Marine Transport Development Program. The project is developed by Marine Engineering Bureau-Design-SPb, JSC.
Length overall, about, m 73,0
Breadth on DWL, m 15,5
Draft, max., m 5,1
Deadweight at maximum draft, about t 1171
Maximum capacity (not less)kW 2х2000
Maximum speed, knots 15
Class of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping:
КМ Arc 5 1 AUT1-ICS OMBO FF3WS DYNPOS-2 EPP Salvage ship
The vessel is intended for rescue and salvage operations, providing technical support and assistance to vessels in distress, and towing ships and offshore structures in ice and in open water. The technical capabilities allow to re-float vessels that have run aground or are reef damaged, pump water from flooded compartments, tow emergency vessels to a place of refuge, search, rescue, evacuate and accommodate of people, as well as support underwater diving works to depth up to 300 m, and survey the sea bottom and damaged objects at depths up to 1,000 m. The vessel has the capacity to extinguish burning fuel on water, extinguish fires on floating and coastal objects, and clear up oil spills and oil products, including those with flashpoint below 60 °C.
The representatives of the Customer, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, contracting and design organizations, equipment and materials suppliers, the mass media participated in the ceremony.
Alexander Demidov was born on October 21st, 1914 in Khabarovsk. He dedicated all working life to maritime fleet. Alexander Demidov was the first head of the Expeditionary unit for salvage, ships lifting, underwater and technical works of Sakhalin State Shipping Company.
In 1929 Alexander Demidov started working career as pupil in the Far-Eastern State Shipping Company. In 1931 he entered Vladivostok Marine Technical School. Right after Marine Technical School graduating in 1936 Alexander Demidov got the appointment of the third captain’s mate on the steamer “Angarstroi”. In 1936 he transferred to the vessel “Sevmorput”, where he was appointed the substitute of ice-breaker chief mate.
In July 1944 Alexander Demidov went to the front in the operating sea fleet – Dnieper flotilla of the Order of Ushakov first class. He participated in battles with Germany.
In October 1946 Alexander Demidov was appointed the captain of the steam vessel “Oka” which was transferred to Sakhalin Shipping Company according to the order of the People’s Commissariat of Sea Fleet. Alexander Demidov was also transferred to Sakhalin State Shipping Company. During his work as the captain in Sakhalin State Shipping Company, he was one of the first people who journeyed to all Kuril Islands. For successful realization of the journeys by the order of Far Eastern Military District Alexander Demidov was awarded with award weapon on behalf of the Far Eastern Military District commander.
According to the order of the Minister of Maritime Fleet dated May 30th, 1959, Alexander Demidov was appointed, the head of the Expeditionary unit for salvage, ships lifting, underwater and technical works in March, 1961. Difficult task for organization of sea rescue service in Sakhalin fell to the lot of Alexander Demidov. In 1961 the first rescue operation was carried out under his direction – medium sized fishing trawler “Nechaev” with displacement of 430 tons was brought afloat cripple near the port Nevelsk. The operation was carried out with use of compressed air and 2 pontoons of 80 tons. Since that time such technology has been used many times. Under the direction of Alexander Demidov the Expeditionary unit of emergency rescue services was gaining experience, specialists skills were growing. By the beginning of the 70’s the unit carried out quite a number of operations for ships and people rescue.
Sea captain, rescuer Alexander Demidov was thanked officially many times by the Minister of Maritime Fleet. He was awarded with certificates of honour of the Ministry. In 1957 Alexander Demidov was awarded with the badge “Honorary Worker of Maritime Fleet”. He has government awards such as the Order of the Red Star, the medal “For the Victory over Germany”, the medal “For the Defence of the Soviet Transarctic”, medal “For the Capture of Berlin”, the medal “For Victory over Japan”.