Alexander Pokrovski: Hope Everything Conceived for Creation of New Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex Will Be Accomplished
On his visit to Primorski Krai, the famous mariner author Alexander Pokrovski went to see the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex being a part of the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center, and met with submariners in Bolshoi Kamen.
The heroes of Alexander Pokrovski’s short stories and novels are real people, fellow sailors, peers, and cabin mates. His work is likened to Mikhail Zoshchenko and Victor Konetski while he believes he’s invented his own seafaring language. His books bring together people who served the submarine force, and their phrases has entered common parlance. Alexander Pokrovski is no stranger to the entrails of the naval life.
He served the Northern Navy Fleet as a chemical officer on a submarine of the 31st Division; participated in 12 combat cruises; as he acknowledges himself, “was forever on independent sailings”, and left the Navy as a commander in a reduction in force in 1991.
Hence, he could judge the scale of the new shipyard construction held by the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center as an industry professional, and was pleasantly surprised with what he saw.
“I hope everything conceived for the creation of a new Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex will be accomplished. It will allow the company to build complicated vessels in the near future and, at a later stage, become proficient at construction of the most complex commercial vessels, LNG carriers. This project will revitalize both the current nuclear submarine repair yard and the city of Bolshoi Kamen. And we should remember the upgrade of the naval fleet to defend those vessels,” Alexander Pokrovski mentioned.
The author further toured the hall where the construction of an ice-rated oil tanker was underway, and the preparation for launching two oil collection / boom vessels, which had been built by the Zvezda Yard for Neftepromleasing to be leased to Rosnefteflot, neared completion.
On the evening of the same day the author ran a literary event at the Zvezda Cultural Center in Bolshoi Kamen. The hall was crowded with people mainly related to the undersea fleet. They spoke the same language. They shared their opinions. Alexander spun hilarious yarns of his Navy life. And the audience provided him with ideas for future short stories. The author spoke lightly and very casually about his attitude toward screening his short stories and the 72 Meters movie by Vladimir Khotinenko. Not at once, but ultimately, Alexander learned to watch the movies adapted from his work: “When you watch it as if it’s not yours you enjoy it.”
At the end of the event, Alexander Pokrovski was pleased to be photographed and sign autographs and books.