The Kapitan Man

Russian merchant ships owned by Russia’s Far East Shipping Company (FESCO) are according to CIA and NSA reports regularly involved in spying on nuclear submarines based with Submarine Group Nine in Bangor WA.  The Kapitan Man had been involved in several incidents prior to April 4, 1997, and had an extensive set of antennae, far exceeding the norm for regular merchant vessels.  Previous searches of this particular ship had revealed that the Kapitan Man was equipped with more than a dozen T-7 Sonar buoys, as well as XBT probes used for Anti-Submarine Warfare.   The ship is also equipped with a photo processing laboratory.  These merchant ships were built in the 1970s for the Soviet Navy as troop and equipment ships, but later bought by FESCO.

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Actual photo of bridge of The Kapitan Man.

 

Russian Register class

KM * L1 I A2 

Register gross tonnage 

 9965 

tonnage net tonnage 

 4903 

Year of construction 

 1975 - 1981 

Length overall 

146.21 

Breadth moulded 

20.65 

Depth moulded 

12.9 

Mean ligth draught 

5.91 

Mean load draught 

9.43 

Light displacement 

5533 

Displacement fully laden 

20165

Deadweight 

14632 

Carrying capacity 

13742 

Number of tons per 1cm of draught 

t

20.5

Range of sailing 

miles 

6000/10000 

Speed 

knots 

12.0 

Power 

Kw 

5025 

Bunkers 

1030 

Fuel Grade 

 Residual fuel 

150 cSt at 50 grad C 

 Marine distillate fuel 

 Gas Oil 

Fuel consumption per day 

 at sea 

t

15.0

 at port

2.2 

 

Bilge water Separator 

CK-10 1x10 t/h 

Mast height from the main deck 

 m 

28 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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