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Friday, February 12, 2010

Nuclear submarines delayed because of lack of personnel

Construction of new Russian nuclear submarines is delayed because Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk lacks qualified workers, says shipyard Director Nikolay Kalistratov.

 Starting construction of "Kazan" (

Our workforce faces serious tasks, therefore we have to use every effort in order to carry out projected plans and deliver orders in time, Kalistratov said according to a press release from Sevmash. – We need to employ another 500 qualified workers as soon as possible, he said.

The information about the delays came up at a meeting at Sevmash where member of the Russian Government’s Commission for the Defense Industry Vladimir Pospelov and Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy Nikolay Borisov took part.

Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk outside Arkhangelsk is working on several large strategic important orders at the same time: The shipyard is currently building nuclear powered submarines of the new Borey-class. The first one submarine, “Yury Dolgoruky”, is currently being tested in Russian Arctic waters. “Aleksander Nevsky” and “Vladimir Monomakh” are under construction, while the keel of “Svyatitel Nikolay” was laid in December 2009, as BarentsObserver reported.

In addition to this, Sevmash is about to finish construction of Russia’s newest nuclear powered attack submarine “Severodvinsk” and continues work on “Kazan” of the Graney-class, BarentsObserver reported.

Thousands of workers are involved in construction of the ice-strengthened platform Prirazlomnaya for Gazprom and modernization of the Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Gorshkov” for the Indian Navy. (source BarentsObserver)

Sevmash shipyard in 2008 had 25 000 workers according to Wikipedia.

Background information

The Sevmash yard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, is Russia's biggest shipbuilding company.
Since the yard was established in 1939, a total of 163 submarines and 45 surface vessels have been built on the site.
The specialization of the yard lies within the military sector, and first of all submarines.
Sevmash is currently developing the first Russian 4th generation nuclear subs, the first of which (the “Yury Dolgoruky”) was put on the waters in 2007.
The company is also engaged in operations for the oil and gas industry. The “Prirazlomnaya” platform which is to be applied in the oil field with the same name in the Pechora Sea is under construction in the plant and is expected to be ready for production- start in 2011.