A training center for work on ships in the Arctic will be created in Vladivostok until 2024
A training center for work in the eastern sector of the Arctic will appear in Vladivostok until 2024. The chairman of the executive board of Sovcomflot Sergey Frank told it journalists on Sunday.
"Vladivostok has always been a forge of personnel for work in the eastern sector of the Arctic. And that’s exactly how the task is set by the country's leadership now - to expand the navigation window in work in the eastern sector of the Arctic, and in future to switch to year-round navigation there. A training center and a unique simulator will be here. We are seriously preparing for this work; it is planned for 2023-2024», - he said.
He specified that the center would be created on the basis of Maritime State University named after Nevelsky. According to Frank, staff training is one of the most important tasks in the company's development strategy now.
"The tasks set by the president to intensify commercial shipping on the Northern Sea Route are serious. To increase the volume of cargo transportation along the Northern Sea Route to 80 million tons is not an easy task, which will require a whole generation of new ships. But these ships will use completely new technologies; personnel must be trained for them. If there are more than 100 vessels, then more than 200 crews must be trained", - he added.
Earlier, in Vladivostok, the ceremony of naming and raising the national flag of the Russian Federation was held on the new Arc7 ice class tanker Mikhail Lazarev owned by Sovcomflot. The vessel will transport cargo along the NSR in the region of the Gulf of Ob. It became the fourth vessel of the "Navigator Albanov" series. According to Frank, previous tankers have already transported 9.5 million tons of oil over the entire period of operation.
Sovcomflot is the largest shipping company in Russia, one of the world's leading companies for the transportation of hydrocarbons by sea, as well as for offshore exploration and production of oil and gas. Own and chartered fleet includes 147 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.8 million tons. More than 80 vessels have an ice class.