USC is concerned about the ability to deliver 25-MW diesel-electric icebreaker named Victor Chernomyrdin in 2017 amid sanctions
United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is concerned about the ability to deliver 25-MW diesel-electric icebreaker LK-25 in 2017 amid the increase of the project value, rouble devaluation and sanctions, IAA PortNews journalist refers to Yury Melekhov, Head of USC Directorate for the Programme on vessels and marine facilities for development of oil and gas fields, as saying at the International Conference Arctic-2016 in Moscow.
According to him, the sanctions interfere with bank transactions with contractors as the Corporation is in the sanction list of the USA.
USC President Aleksei Rakhmanov earlier told IAA PortNews that disruption of the construction schedule (the contract deadline for the icebreaker construction was November 2015) was caused by the defective design.
Icebreaker of Project 22600, named Victor Chernomyrdin, was laid down in Saint-Petersburg on October 10, 2012. FSUE Rosmorport plans to use the icebreaker as an auxiliary vessel when escorting convoys in challenging ice conditions at the Northern Sea Route or for independent assistance to vessels in shallow Arctic areas, and in estuaries of rivers, for helping to unload cargo on land-fast ice, for towing ships and other floating constructions in ice and in plain water, for expeditor voyages, firefighting at vessels and oil-extracting platforms. Under the contract valued at RUB 7.94 bln, the vessel was to be delivered to the customer (FSUE Rosmorport) in November 2015.
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