A Small Oil Tanker Tour

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

In this post we’ll show you a small Soviet oil tanker, its interior and operating principle! You will learn what the words “Russian Diesel” mean and how the oil-tanker crew works.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

Every ship traditionally begins with an anchor. The ship anchor serves two main functions – old ones adorn flowerbed and squares of seaside towns and cities, and modern ones are supposed to be thrown into the sea in order to damage an important and secret underwater communication cable. Sometimes, they even can fix a ship in the open sea!

Here is an old Soviet anchor windlass which allows choosing one of the two anchor chains, 200 meters long each. Round pointer indicators show on which depth the anchor-pressed diver lies.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The deck is a flat metal foundation with lots of different constructions on it. Approximately under that part of the deck there are petrol tank with 500 thousand liter total capacity.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The great amount of pipes of different length and diameter need to be repaired from time to time. This makes the crew busy and as a result lowers the level of debauchery among the sailors.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The shower cabin.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

“Ironing place”

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

Smoking is not allowed on the tanker. In exchange for it, there is a special place for playing dominoes.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The crew sleeps in cockpits and state cabins. The most well-deserved members sleep in individual cabins, there are rumors that sometimes they even invite ladies there…

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

“Four-berth cabin”

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The most interesting place on the tanker – the switch room. The tablets say “Do not switch on! People are working!”

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The big black bomb contains compressed air and serves a starter for the diesel. There are 3 bombs like this in the engine room.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The big obscure gismo in the centre of the photo is the very diesel…

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

“Russian Diesel”!

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The diesel has 10 or 12 cylinders, its displacement is about 350-400 liters and according to the specification it can develop 600 horsepower capacity.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

Today, a diesel like this costs about one million rubles (~$35000).

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

This panel is supervised by a diesel operator and indicates the temperature in each cylinder.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The speed of the ship is controlled by the old speed telegraph of considerable dimensions.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The command bridge.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

The shipboard analogue of aircraft autopilot.

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

Different switches…

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

A Small Oil Tanker Tour

And here, according to the ship’s plan is the place for safety boats, but we aren’t going to desert the ship, are we?

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9 thoughts on “A Small Oil Tanker Tour”

    • Why is it shocking? I visited my husband’s private cabin while he was a naval officer in the navy stationed on an aircraft carrier before. I know I’m not the only wife who has ever done that before. Actually my grandfather wanted to see the ship so my husband ended up taking my whole family on a tour including a visit to his cabin. We all went through security before hand both at the gate and on the ship so it was cool.

      I do wonder what the security policies are on tanker ships like this and allowing the sailors to bring just anyone aboard. It doesn’t sound so wise.

      This is a great post, thanks.

  1. Only me thinking of that happening when a man vith an old veteran tanker here in Swe was going to smuggeling taxfree disel (petrol, i dont know the english word, ) over the eastern sea from Finland to Sweden… Unfortunatly he get caught as i remember.

    Wonder how much it will cost to rent that thing för a week or so… 😀

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