What happened to the NS Savannah? 1


  1. Maybe shippers should buy a couple of those Borei class soviet nuke subs – a steal at $890M and use them to tow barges.

    Couple of them Soviet ice breakers without the strengthened hulls would be good to.

    1. The Borei-class subs have a surfaced speed of only 15 kt, so they might be underpowered for this job.  I suspect the pump-jet propulsion would have low Froude efficiency in towing service.

      What I can find on the OK-650 is that it’s rated at 200 MW(th), and 43,000 shp from its turbine.  Compared to the Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96 series of direct-drive diesel engines, this is on the small side.

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