• 2018 June 29 13:09

    Russian flag raised on the Aleksandr Sannikov icebreaker

    Flag raising on the Aleksandr Sannikov icebreaker has been held today, 29 June 2018, at the Angliyskaya embankment in Saint-Petersburg. According to IAA PortNews correspondent, it was followed by a farewell ceremony as the icebreaker is about to set sail for the maiden voyage to the Arctic.

    As Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO of PJSC Gazprom Neft, said at the ceremony, “one of the key tasks ensuring transportation of hydrocarbons produced by the company in the Arctic region is icebreaker assistance. The icebreaker delivered to the company today will be a new flagship of Gazprom Neft’s Arctic fleet”.

    Aleksey Rakhmanov, President of United Shipbuilding Corporation, commented in his turn: “This icebreaker opens the Arctic gate for USC. Remarkably, the delivery of this unique vessel takes place on 29 June, a professional holiday of Russian shipbuilders. Besides, it is the most powerful diesel-electric icebreaker built by Russian shipyards to date”.Aleksey Rakhmanov also emphasized that the ship construction was based on a large share of domestic competences.

    According to Aleksandr Solovyov, Director General of Vyborg Shipyard, it took 2 years and 8 months to build the ship.

    The next icebreaker of this project, named Andrey Vilkitsky, will be delivered to Gazprom Neft in the end of October 2018.

    The ship built by Vyborg Shipyard (a company of USC)  to the order of Gazprom Neft will assist tankers in the Northern Sea Route waters and contribute to the development of Europe-Asia shipping taking into consideration domestic projects on production of Arctic oil.
      
    The Aleksandr Sannikov is the most sophisticated diesel-electric icebreaker in Russia. It features an advanced maneuvering system, power supply automation, state-of-the-art radionavigation and remote control of electronics.

    Besides, it is the first icebreaker in Russia to have an advanced automatic control system able to control the engine plant for several days (automatic pilot system).

    The Aleksandr Sannikov will improve the efficiency and sustainability of round-the-year transportation of oil from the world’s only terminal in fresh waters above the Arctic Circle. 

    In terms of performance, the new icebreaker is highly competitive with nuclear-powered icebreaking ships and even exceeds them with higher maneuverability and lower energy consumption. The icebreaker’s hull shape is unique allowing for the ship to cut ice and to make a 360 degree turn within a minute.

    Vessel's concept project is made by Aker Arctic Technology, working-design documentation is performed by Petrobalt Design Bureau.

    Vyborg Shipyard is building two 22 MW 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.

    The ship can move with a speed of 2 knots in consolidated ice of up to 2.0 m thick with a 30-cm snow cover, both bow first and stern first.

    Major characteristics: LOA – 121.7 m; BOA – about 26 m; waterline beam  - 25 m; depth – 11.5 m; draft – 8 m.
     
    Class notation by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping - KM  Icebreaker8  AUT1-ICS FF1WS DYNPOS-2 EPP ANTI-ICE ECO SDS<12 Winterization(-50) Tug.
     
    Main vessel's purposes are as follows: tankers' conveyance between Sabetta port and Kamenny Cape in the Gulf of Ob at ice conditions; tankers' conveyance to cargo region of oil export terminal (sea mooring system) at ice conditions; security support during mooring and tankers' loading.

    The lead ship of Project IBSV01, the Aleksandr Sannikov (hull No 233) was laid down on 3 November 2015 and launched on 24 November 2016.

    Keel-laying of the second ship named Andrey Vilkitsky (hull No 234) was held on 14 December 2015, launching – on 5 July 2017.




2018 December 14

18:17 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama
17:48 Petersburg Oil Terminal puts into operation its emergency response team
17:33 Vinalines to open container shipping centre next week
17:30 Fairway adjustment will simplify Elbe traffic control already next year
17:27 Final cruise ship for the year calls to the Port of Gothenburg
17:23 The MV Magda joins the Klaveness Bulkhandling pool
17:16 India’s containerised export up 10% in the third quarter of 2018
17:13 FSL Trust announces newbuilding agreement for the construction of two LR2 product tankers
17:13 Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations to receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E
16:24 World Fuel Services expands bunker operations in US leading up to 2020
15:57 IMO held training workshops in Cameroon Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions
14:49 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down self-propelled hopper barge of Project HB600
14:08 Irish Continental Group plc takes delivery of cruise ferry W.B.Yeats
13:55 WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference
13:31 First in industry ADNOC co-loads LPG and propylene onto same vessel in Ruwais
13:10 WMU hosted round table discussion regarding key challenges facing IMO
12:53 Bunker market at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia shows mixed price movements (graph)
12:32 Nordic American Offshore secures contract for its PSV NAO Viking
12:11 Rosrybolovstvo supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress
11:50 Association of Commercial Sea Ports celebrates its 30th anniversary
11:24 Gazprom and Itochu sign MoU under Baltic LNG project
11:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreement
10:48 Domestic ferry safety exercise conducted in Indonesia
10:25 IMO holds training for managing insecurity in west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
10:06 EC adds six new yards to its ‘European List of ship recycling facilities’
09:47 Brent Crude futures price down 0.61% to $61.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $52.37
09:25 GTT notified by HSHI for the tank design of two new LNG carriers for CMM
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points
08:06 Fincantieri publishes its Sustainability Plan 2018-2022
07:14 Port of Long Beach cargo volume up to 621,835 TEU in November 2018
06:09 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for LPG carrier "LAUREL PRIME"

2018 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
17:00 Murmansk Region will improve water safety regulations – Marina Kovtun
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes
16:36 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and NAODAN Chartering
16:30 Murmansk Region Governor is a member of revised State Commission for Arctic Development Issues
16:26 YILPORT Holding wins Port Operator Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards
16:03 Rosmorport releases RFPs for design of an DF 12/14MW icebreaker
15:49 Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand
15:46 Baltic Sea Ports Authority icebreakers assist merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland
15:21 Containerships receives its first LNG-powered container vessel
14:44 Uncertainty lingers in fuel markets despite OPEC cuts
14:17 Maersk Line receives Containership Operator of the Year award
14:13 Iran-Indonesia to develop port cooperation
13:22 NOIA: U.S. territories need the Offshore Wind for Territories Act
13:12 QPS inks first "Green Loan" with BNP Paribas
12:48 Panama Canal signs agreement with Brazil's Port of Itaqui
12:32 Port of Ust-Luga throughput in Jan-Nov drops 4% to 90.27 million tonnes (updates)
11:34 Port of St. Petersburg eleven-month volume rises 11% to 54.15 million tonnes (updated)
11:06 Nonius Engineering to join the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its sponsor and speaker
10:16 Crude oil futures gain to $ 60,44 (Brent) and $ 51,32 (WTI)
09:07 Baltic Dry Index down 0.81% to 1353 points