Black Sea Fleet replenished with sea tug of project 23470

Black Sea Fleet replenished with sea tug of project 23470

The Black Sea Fleet received a new marine tugboat of project 23470. The ceremony of putting the tugboat "Sergey Balk" into the squad of support vessels fleet was February 21 this year in Sevastopol. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense.


Sea tug "Sergey Balk" is the lead in a series of five sea tugs of project 23470. Built at the Yaroslavl shipyard according to the contract for two sea tugs for the Ministry of Defense concluded in 2014. Laid down at YaZZ on October 30, 2014 and launched on December 27, 2016. It was supposed to be delivered to the Black Sea Fleet before November 25, 2016, however, the construction of the vessel turned into a long-term construction due to the revision of the project to replace imported components with domestic ones.

The completion took place at the Persey Shipyard in Sevastopol, where it was towed in the middle of summer 2018.

The tug is named in honor of Sergei Zakharovich Balk (1866 - 1913), who commanded the port vessel (rescue tug) "Strongman" of the Port Arthur naval base in 1901–1904.

Currently, the second tug of this project, "Andrei Stepanov," is under construction at the Perseus Shipyard.

Three more tug boats of project 23470 are being constructed in Yaroslavl under a modified project with the installation of Russian equipment.

These marine tugs are designed to perform marine towing of ships, floating objects and structures in ice and in clear water; pilotage of vessels in the water area of ​​ports and docking; performing escort operations at sea; extinguishing fires at floating and onshore facilities, as well as extinguishing fuel burning on water; stranded ships and ships.

At the aft end of the vessel there is a platform for receiving and taking off helicopters. The presence of a crane with a lifting capacity of 20 tons at a boom reach of 13 m with active roll compensation allows the tug to independently carry out cargo operations and serve the helipad both in calm water and in marine conditions.

The main dimensions of the vessel: the greatest length, m 69,75; maximum width, m 15,0; board height to VP, m 6,7; maximum draft, m 5,2.
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  1. Vladimir_2U 25 February 2020 12: 09 New
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    Yes, he will pull on the title of "ocean"! Seven feet!
    1. rich 25 February 2020 12: 54 New
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      Balk, Sergey Zakharovich


      The personality in the fleet is legendary. The naval analogue of the army "lieutenant Rzhevsky, only really existed. He was distinguished by great physical strength, courage, initiative and scandalous antics. He became the prototype of numerous anecdotal stories.
      "Beloved by his subordinates, in wartime, cap. 1 river Balk will make heroes of them, and in peacetime he will eagerly carry out any difficult work, any emergency work, surprising others with the speed of its execution. Life of S. Z. Balka is inextricably linked with ships on which he sailed, he had no coastal affections, as a commander, he is known in the Navy for the dashingness of managing his ship and taking care of its staff and contingency supplies and device.And despite all its scandalousness, he was one of the imperial’s best and most beloved commanders fleet " adm. Grigorovich. obituary to death cap 2 rank Balk,

      Sergei Zakharovich Balk was born on April 4, 1866 in the village. Alexandrovka of the Buzuluk district of the Samara province, in the family of a hereditary nobleman of the St. Petersburg province, a retired captain of the guards artillery, later - a real state adviser Zakhar Zakharovich Balk. Perhaps he was the grandson of Admiral Zakhar Zakharovich Balk (1796-1870). Following his elder brother, Pavel graduated from the Naval College in 1887. He did not differ in academic success - in the list of graduates, compiled according to the average mark, his last name is in the very middle. The service began in the Baltic, but already in 1889 he entered the overseas voyage to the frigate General Admiral, in 1890–1892 years sailed abroad on the cruiser Minin. In December 1893, for the distinction, he was promoted to lieutenant.
      In the summer of 1894 he distinguished himself, leading the work on lifting sunken rails on the river. Golchikh. This cargo, intended for the construction of the Siberian Railway, was delivered to the Yenisei estuary in 1893 from England, but sank during ice drift. The beam, which had at its disposal about 50 people with a minimum of equipment, organized round-the-clock work, as a result of which out of 2916 sunken rails it lifted 2268 units.
      Further service took place in the Pacific Ocean: in 1895–1896. on the squadron battleship Emperor Nicholas I, in 1896–1897 - on the cruiser I rank "Admiral Nakhimov", in 1897–1898. - on the seafaring gunboat “Thundering.” In 1901 he was appointed temporarily commander of the port vessel “Strong”, the only ship capable of effectively serving as a tugboat and sump vessel at the Pacific Squadron. Cases to prove themselves Beam often presented. For example, on November 7, 1902, during a storm near Port Arthur, the towing cable broke off at the Sibiryak steamboat, and a barge with people was carried into the sea. The “Strongman” sent to the sea the next day found a barge already off the Chinese coast and, despite a strong wave, brought it to Arthur. He participated in the rescue of the Yenisei abductor, who was nearly thrown during a typhoon onto the rocks near the fortress. The port ship commander, who did not fire a shot at the enemy, was awarded two military orders and a gold saber with the inscription "For Courage"! After the surrender of Port Arthur, Sergei Zakharovich blew up the Strongman and at night with a crew on a mine boat he broke into Chifu. The "Strongman" was subsequently raised by the Japanese and, under the name Yodohashi Maru, served in the Japanese Navy during both World Wars.
      Further service took place in the Baltic, where from July 1907 he commanded the destroyer Attentive. The Russian fleet was gradually changing, outliving pre-war flaws, and Balk unexpectedly found itself at a dead end. He did not have his own combat experience, did not have special knowledge. It made a good, dashing destroyer commander. The destroyers in the Baltic were new, but of obsolete types, they would most likely succeed in combat operations with operations in the group, and the Balk was not adapted to this. He could well control the destroyer, but he hardly knew how to fight according to the technical capabilities of the ships of the new era.
      But Sergey Zakharovich’s outstanding abilities were remembered, it was him who commanded N.O. von Essen instructed to destroy the destroyer Mechanical Engineer Zverev, who had an accident on July 1, 3.
      On July 24, 1908, S.Z. Balk was appointed commander of the destroyer Ussuriets, and on December 22 of that year he was transferred to the Border Guard, which he commanded until November 10, 1911. On December 6, 1910 he was promoted to captain of the 1st rank, and this, as it does not seem strange, became a verdict. The commander’s bridge of the Border Guard was about to be freed, giving way to others. The coastal service did not interest him, and Vice Admiral N.O. von Essen, commander of the Baltic Sea Forces, knew perfectly well that you should not appoint Balk as commander of a cruiser, battleship or destroyer division.
      Balk was appointed commander of the new Kama transport workshop intended for maintenance and repair of destroyers, and he successfully commanded it all of 1912, after which in January 1913 he was transferred by the commander to the huge Riga transport - base and floating warehouse ammunition and supplies for the battleship brigade.
      Caught on the transport frozen in the ice of the Sveaborg harbor, and even having problems getting acquainted with the financial documents of the ship, upset by the theft that happened in February, Balk began to drink again. In the last week of February, he drank a lot, hardly slept, began to talk, in a conversation with the ship's doctor B. A. Kedrin, he mentioned that he would have to commit suicide. The doctor took this as a drunken joke. On February 26, Balk also drank, but less. At 1 am on February 27, a civilian bulletin A. I. Drozdov entered the cabin of Sergei Zakharovich. “Only I managed to report to him:“ The bathtub is ready, ”as the commander told me:“ Tell my brother and mistress not to bury me, but to throw me into the sea ”and immediately put the revolver in his right hand in his mouth and shot” .
      In the evening of the same day, the body of Balk was sent to the coastal military infirmary. On the ice, along the route, stood the team of Riga. The head of the battleship brigade, Vice Admiral N.S. Mankovsky, and the commanders of the ships wintering in the raid came to say goodbye. On March 2, after the corresponding requiem, S.Z. Balk was buried in the cemetery of Helsingfors.
      1. rich 25 February 2020 17: 42 New
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        Sergei Zakharovich Balk, who did not fire a single shot at the enemy, was awarded two military orders and a gold saber with the inscription "For courage." And how many performances he was deprived of for his "obstinate" character. Thanks to the personality of Sergey Zakharovich, a unique award appeared in the Russian Empire, which, apart from him, was never awarded to anyone else. silver medal "For the salvation of the dead", with a bow for re-delivery.

        svp67 (Sergey): The tug is named after Sergei Zakharovich Balk.
        Very unexpected and excellent, what we remember

        Well said. I support!
  2. novel66 25 February 2020 12: 16 New
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    and where are the calibers and zircons ??
    1. Adam Khomich 25 February 2020 12: 26 New
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      laughing laughing laughing Great comment, fiercely plus!
    2. Thrifty 25 February 2020 12: 36 New
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      Roman66 - in the project separately for this type of tugs there is a towed container under the "Blue", or "Liner"! lol
    3. Ros 56 25 February 2020 16: 23 New
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      Where it is necessary, without such vessels and large as cows on ice. negative
  3. svp67 25 February 2020 12: 17 New
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    Congratulations to the Black Sea Fleet with a new comrade.
    The tug is named in honor of Sergei Zakharovich Balk (1866 - 1913), who commanded the port vessel (rescue tugboat) "Strongman" of the Port Arthur naval base in 1901–1904.
    Very unexpected and excellent, what we remember
    1. Sidor Amenpodestovich 25 February 2020 12: 30 New
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      Became interesting.
      Why was the comment of the respected svp67 negative (leveled by its plus)?
      Or even in VO there is a personal vendetta when comments are tracked and minus only out of dislike for the author?
      1. svp67 25 February 2020 12: 36 New
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        Quote: Sydor Amenpospestovich
        Why was the comment of the respected svp67 negative (leveled by its plus)?

        Yes, calm down you. Firstly, the first three comments were ousted
        And this commentator

        Apparently there are some OWN reasons for this, and some, he is still silent ...
        1. Sidor Amenpodestovich 25 February 2020 12: 53 New
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          Why did you decide that I am excited?
          The fire of fierce justice does not blaze in everyone's eyes. I hope you are not one of them.
          1. svp67 25 February 2020 12: 55 New
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            Quote: Sydor Amenpospestovich
            The fire of fierce justice does not blaze in everyone's eyes. I hope you are not one of them.

            I am more for following the rules ...
  4. The leader of the Redskins 25 February 2020 12: 21 New
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    Seven feet under the keel of this hard worker) Worker. Always needed!
    1. seti 25 February 2020 12: 35 New
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      Such ships, as a rule, do not attract much attention, but they are very important and extremely in demand.
      1. svp67 25 February 2020 12: 57 New
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        Quote: seti
        Such ships, as a rule, do not attract much attention, but they are very important and extremely in demand.

        Especially when there is no one else to hope for ... here are really heroes and workers
        1. rudolff 25 February 2020 13: 30 New
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          Good video. I still like this video. Just do not know what kind of tug.
          1. rudolff 25 February 2020 13: 33 New
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            That's where you have to be a sailor to the bone!
            1. svp67 25 February 2020 13: 54 New
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              Quote: rudolff
              That's where you have to be a sailor to the bone!

              Remember this Soviet film "The Way to the Pier" ...
              And a song from it ... It's about the tugboat sailors
              1. rudolff 25 February 2020 14: 26 New
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                Great song!
            2. Serg65 25 February 2020 14: 56 New
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              Quote: rudolff
              That's where you have to be a sailor to the bone!

              Yes, it floods nobly! We are so gargled in Biscay ..
              Hello my friend hi
              1. rudolff 25 February 2020 15: 27 New
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                Hello Serge!
                1. rudolff 25 February 2020 15: 29 New
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                  Nah, the boats will be somehow quieter and calmer. Although diesel in the surface, but in a good wave is also fun.
                  1. Serg65 26 February 2020 09: 13 New
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                    I have never been jealous of the officer on duty and signalmen on diesel engines. Although if you want to know what Hell is, ask to serve in the MTSH soap box! laughing
          2. Lexus 25 February 2020 17: 59 New
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            Helicopter - Chinese Z-8. Thanks for the chic vidos! hi
  5. Dude 25 February 2020 12: 40 New
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    Good news, like the ship! good Seven feet! Only the construction dates are sad ...
  6. Alien From 25 February 2020 12: 42 New
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    Seven feet under the keel! All kinds of ships are needed, all kinds of ships are important!)
  7. Mavrikiy 25 February 2020 12: 45 New
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    The main dimensions of the vessel:
    Displacement is paramount, even if it’s not, repeat everyone else .... Well, where is it? request
  8. Mavrikiy 26 February 2020 00: 52 New
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    "Sergey Balk" request it’s good that it’s not Seryozha, as it would be universal repeat excellent, "Stepan Makarov" and "Nikolai Essen" will appear tomorrow. What kind of insanity? request They turn to the military by rank. repeat
    "Lieutenant Balk" and not otherwise.
    Understandably, the onset of schizophrenia begins with the difficulty of choosing "lieutenant" or "captain of the first rank." He committed heroic deeds with the rank of lieutenant, and rose to the rank of caperang. He was in the RIF "Lieutenant Ilyin".
    "Ivan Gren" is also the stupidity and meanness of the liberals - "Admiral Gren." This is not Vani, Seryozha, but the defenders of the Fatherland!