Vyborg Shipyard launches lead icebreaking support ship of Aker Arc130A for Gazprom Neft (photo)
Vyborg Shipyard JSC (corporate member of United Shipbuilding Corporation) says it has launched the hull of the lead icebreaking support ship of Aker Arc130A design being built for Gazprom Neft. The ship named Aleksandr Sannikov has been launched today, 24 November 2016.
The vessel’s cutting edge design provides high icebreaking capability and considerable manoeuvrability with comparatively shallow draught.
The shipyard says the vessel is assembled on a semisubmersible barge, the Atlant. The ship was launched from the barge. Now the vessel is to undergo outfitting.
When outfitting and equipment of the Aleksandr Sannikov is completed, the ship will undergo mooring and sea trials. Ice trials are scheduled for winter-spring 2018.
Aleksandr Solovyov, Director General of Vyborg Shipyard heartily congratulated all those who have participated in the construction and will take part in the outfitting adding that the launch of the newbuild is a landmark event in the process.
Vyborg Shipyard is building two icebreaking support ships based on Aker ARC 130 A design. The ships ordered by Gazprom Neft are to be deployed at the Arctic terminal operated by LLC Gazprom Neft Novy Port and located in the Gulf of Ob (Yamal peninsula).
The vessels are intended for escorting of tankers, assistance during mooring, loading and rescue operations, providing tugging assistance, firefighting, participation in oil spill response activities. Under the contract, the vessels should be able to operate continuously under the temperature of up to -50 С.
Major characteristics: LOA – 121.7 m; BOA – about 26 m; depth – 11.5 m; unloaded displacement – 8,699 t.
Vyborg Shipyard laid down the lead icebreaking ship for Gazprom Neft Novy Port on November 3, 2015. Keel-laying of the first serial icebreaking support ship was held on 14 December 2015.
Vyborg Shipyard JSC (corporate member of United Shipbuilding Corporation) is one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the North-Western Region of Russia. From the date of its foundation in 1948 the Shipyard has built 210 different vessels, 9 offshore drilling rigs and 105 topside modules for fixed offshore platforms with total displacement of over 1,550,000 t.
United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC OJSC) is the largest shipbuilding company in Russia. It was set up in 2007 with 100% federal ownership. The holding comprises 60 companies and organizations (major shipbuilding and shiprepairing companies as well as leading design bureaus). Currently, USC consolidates about 80% of the domestic shipbuilding complex. The Russian market is the main focus of the state corporation though it also exports its products to 20 countries worldwide.
Gazprom Neft Group consists of more than 70 production, refining and sales subsidiaries in Russia, neighbouring countries and further afield. Gazprom Neft operates in Russia’s major oil and gas regions: in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Districts and in the Tomsk, Omsk and Orenburg regions.
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