The Rossita has been launched at La Spezia, Italy destined for a role transporting submarine waste in north-west Russia.
The vessel was built by Fincantieri at the Mudzhano shipyard following the framework of a 2003 agreement on bilateral cooperation in dismantling Russia's submarine fleet. The construction itself was agreed in July 2008 after the G8 summit in Kananaskis, Canada, where leaders agreed the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction.
The completed vessel was officially launched on 16 December. It measures 84 metres in length by 14 metres in width and has two temperature-regulated cargo holds. It can carry up to 720 tonnes over distances of up to 3000 kilometres.
Atomflot will take delivery of the ship a few months into 2011 and will put it to work shuttling between Gremikha, Andreeva Guba, Guba Sayda, Severodvinsk and other areas where submarine dismantling work is taking place.
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