SALVAGE TUG FOTIY KRYLOV
Photo: Captain Herbie Scott
Not strictly a supply vessel but definitely a craft worthy of a
look, this rare beast was sighted in the Azores. One assumes it is on winter station
waiting for some misfortune to befall an aging commercial vessel in the Atlantic storms.
The detail of the stern, not visible in this photograph shows that it is a genuine salvage
tug, and is not able to turn its hand to lifting anchors for oil rigs.
Photo: Vic Gibson
The Nickolay Chiker at anchor outside Falmouth. The locals said that
as soon as the Coastguard tug departed after the winter this ship arrived.
While this seems almost predatory - lurking off the coast with the
expectation of a marine disaster, one should remember that in days gone by salvage tugs
were stationed all over the world waiting for the SOS.
The rescue of disabled vessels was their business and the mariners
were very pleased to see them.
They are owned by the Russians
and operated by Tsavliris the
Athens based salvage company.
It was built in Finland in 1989. It is powered by 4 Warsila 12V32D diesels which give a total of
Full speed on four engines is 19.5 knots at which it burns 85 tonnes
per day. Overall length is 99 meters.