Costs Mount And Delays Expand For Repair Of Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

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Costs Mount And Delays Expand For Repair Of Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

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On April 3, the head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexei Rakhmanov revealed that the cost of damage from a fire on board the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov on 12 December 2019 now amounts to 500 million rubles (USD6.6 million). Previously, Rakhmanov estimated the cost at about 300 million rubles.

The repair costs are in addition to those of a major overhaul and upgrade of Admiral Kuznetsov, for which the preparatory work began in October 2017.

Costs Mount And Delays Expand For Repair Of Russian Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

IMAGE: Lev Fedoseyev\TASS

Another problem is that on 29-30 October 2018 the PD-50 floating dock involved in the works on Admiral Kuznetsov in Murmansk sank after a crane fell on the vessel’s deck.

On April 4 it became known that the USC’s Zvezdocha shipyard suspended the contract (6.5 billion rubles) of the reconstruction of the PD-50 floating doc with “Investments. Engineering. Building.” (IEB) company. Only about 5% of the works were finished. The very same floating doc was set to be used to repair Admiral Kuzntetsov.

The Murmansk prosecutor’s office is now studying the contact between Zvezdochnaya and IEB. IEB had to conduct the first starge repair works and received the amount of ~2.5 billion rubles in advance. The contract had to be implemented by November 2019, but only 5% of the works were finished. It is noted that IEB has already signed contracts with subcontractors for 10 billion rubles.

This situation will lead to further delays of the Admiral Kuznetsov repair and modernization program. Russian media outlets speculate that with such difficulties the work on the warship will unlikely start earlier than in 2023.

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