Ukrainian volunteers start restoring Ukraine’s broken naval fleet

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2015/09/23 • Help Ukraine, News, Volunteers

Ukraine’s military and civil crowdfunding platform “The People’s Project” announces the launch of a new initiative to restore the warship “Netishyn” in a joint-project with the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Council of Volunteers.

This was reported by People’s Project press secretary, Oleksandra Zharkova, in comments to news portal Censor.net.ua.

“The People’s Project has long been helping the crew of Netishyn to enhance their combat readiness and have given them several devices via the “Back to Fight! 2” project, and the intelligence unit of Ukraine’s Navy (our charges) have used Netishyn more than once for their missions.”  Zharkov said.

As of now, the ship needs a full-overhaul and renovation and a large financial investment applies – according to preliminary estimates, the cost sits at 2,534,000 hyrvnia (over 110,000 USD at current rates). As well as stripping of rust, painting of the warship below the waterline, and replacement of damaged parts of the hull, plans allow for repairs of fuel tanks, stern anchor and anchor chain replacement, repairs to the propeller and rudder, cargo holds, construction of drinking water systems and much more.

“The ship is in such a state that it cannot do the tasks entrusted to it. While before the ship was used for civilian purposes, today it is dedicated to use in different combat missions. In addition, Netishyn helps patrol the waters off the war zone, and the crew is working with different departments on joint missions,” the spokesman said. “However, the last time Netishyn was in dry dock for repair was 16 years ago. You can only imagine, since then it has not even been repainted below the water-line.”

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Following the annexation of Crimea by Russia, only 10 ships remained with the Naval Forces of Ukraine – more than 50 were captured by the Russian occupiers. This fact is largely the reason for launching the project.

All money collected by the “Refitting Netishyn” project will be spent exclusively on materials needed and some tools. By prior arrangement, The People’s Project volunteers and the Council have brought a number of Mykolaiv enterprises on board and all repair and restoration work will be done on a free-of-charge basis (which in turn will be specified in detail within the project reporting).

In addition, the volunteers will give anyone the opportunity to personally observe the repairs as they happen. To do this, the dry dock will have CCTV cameras installed that will broadcast the ship’s repair around-the-clock. This will begin as soon as the ship arrives for repair and reconstruction work at the dock.

Earlier The People’s Project used the money collected to deliver to the crew of Netishyn a system for identifying other vessels, a navigation system, an outboard motor for a service boat and first aid kits. However the ship now, more than ever, needs our help.

Today, in Ukraine there is an acute shortage of military ships. After the annexation of Crimea a considerable number of ships were inherited by the aggressor – the “Kostiantyn Olshansky” transport vessel, the patrol ship “Slavutych,” corvettes, minesweepers, and many others were left to the enemy.

That is why there’s an urgent need to revive all the ships that remain on Ukrainian territory to fully-equip the navy equipment, including the ship Netishyn.

All income and expenditure reports for the project “Refitting Netishyn” will be available online here:

http://www.peoplesproject.com/en/refitting-netishyn/#report

Want to help?

Privatbank for payments in UAH

Mykolaiv regional charitable foundation “BLAGOCHESTYA REGIONAL FUND”

PC CB PrivatBank

SREOU: 36143302

MFO: 326610

Account: 26004053221609

Purpose of payment: Charity donation for “Refitting Nitishyn” project

SWIFT-transfer in USD

BENEFICIARY: Charitable Foundation BLAGOCHESTA

Account: UA803266100000026009053209659

Bank of beneficiary: Privatbank, Ukraine

SWIFT code: PBANUA2X

Intermediary bank: JP Morgan Chase Bank, New York

SWIFT code: CHASUS33

Correspondent account: 001-1-000080

Description: Charity donation for “Refitting Netishyn” project

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    The page for “Netishyn” also mentions an account for Euro donations. Perhaps it would be a good idea to add the possibility of donating through PayPal or similar? The fees banks charge for international transfers are often quite large relative to the size of the donation.