• 2018 July 9 16:21

    Aker Arctic's recent icebreaker designs built in Russia

    At any given time, Aker Arctic’s ship design department has a few dozen active projects of various sizes in various stages of competition, ranging from minor consultancy work and preliminary sketch designs to full basic design projects and shipyard support during vessel construction. Not every ship concept development leads to the construction of state-of-the-art icebreaking vessels, but during the past few years two innovative icebreaker designs developed by Aker Arctic have progressed to the construction of the vessels at Vyborg Shipyard in Russia, Aker Arctic said in a media release.

    Aker Arctic has been involved with the Yamal LNG project since 2010. What began as a minor study during the pre-FEED phase has resulted in multiple new icebreaking vessel designs either already in service or currently under construction. During the preliminary development of the Sabetta terminal fleet, Aker Arctic evaluated multiple diesel-electric port icebreaker concepts with two, three or four azimuthing propulsion units with the technically demanding quad-thruster configuration emerging as the optimal solution for the demanding ice conditions in the Arctic LNG terminal. Concept development which included extensive ice model testing continued in co-operation with Yamal LNG and the future operator, Atomflot, and culminated with the construction of the Aker ARC 124 design being awarded to Vyborg Shipyard in April 2015. Aker Arctic was also contracted to continue with the full basic design of the project. The keel of the vessel was laid at Vyborg Shipyard on 27 September 2016 and the ceremonial launching event for the port icebreaker Ob was held in Vyborg on 21 June 2018.

    Only a week later on 29 June 2018, the ceremonial flag-raising was held in St. Petersburg onboard Aleksandr Sannikov, followed by a farewell ceremony as the icebreaker set on her maiden voyage to the Arctic Gates offshore oil terminal in the Ob Bay. Four years earlier, Aker Arctic had prepared a preliminary concept design as a response to a request for bids issued by Gazprom Neft, proposing a further development of the Aker ARC 130 Baltic escort icebreaker concept designed for the Finnish Transport Agency. The derivative design, Aker ARC 130 A (for “Arctic”), is slightly bigger than the Finnish icebreaker Polaris with higher ice class and increased propulsion power to meet the demands of the harsh Arctic environment. The construction of two diesel-electric icebreakers based on the Aker ARC 130 A design was awarded to Vyborg Shipyard in 2015 with Aker Arctic providing a large concept package developed in close co-operation with the owner and shipyard. The construction of the first vessel, Aleksandr Sannikov, was completed in two years and eight months and the sister ship, Andrey Vilkitsky, is scheduled for delivery in October 2018.

    With icebreakers based on our Aker ARC 124 and Aker ARC 130 A designs entering service in the coming winter, Aker Arctic’s naval architects are already working on new icebreaker concepts.

    Aker Arctic Technology Inc (Aker Arctic) is an independent company specialising in development, design, engineering, consulting and testing services for ice-going vessels, icebreakers, offshore marine structures, marine transport solutions and ports.




2018 July 17

12:48 Containership MOL Truth earned 'Ship of the Year 2017'
12:19 15,000 TEU container ship “Afif” named in London Gateway
11:27 Huntington Ingalls begins post-delivery work on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
11:17 Boskalis secures contract of total value of $65 million
10:53 Fuel oil prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:29 ABS to class FSRU for Turkey’s oil and gas distributor
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $72.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.01% to $67.06
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,695 points

2018 July 16

18:31 APL adds port calls to West Asia Express Service
18:16 Diana Shipping announces signing and drawdown of a US$75M Term Loan Facility with BNP Paribas
17:55 Director Kopczynska addresses WMU students and faculty on maritime Europe
17:40 Great Lakes announces receipt of $70 million San Jacinto award
17:33 Bollinger Shipyards commits USCG icebreaker program to Florida
17:31 New vehicle terminal announced at the Port of Southampton
17:18 Hapag-Lloyd hikes rates for East Asia-Arabian Gulf trade
17:08 ING Bank signed a USD 80 million syndicated loan agreement with NIBULON
16:43 Minimum training standards for fishers under review
16:25 USCG rescues 7 people from capsized boat near Horn Island
16:20 Port of Antwerp sets new records with best half year ever
15:56 Freeport of Riga showed good growth in the first half of 2018
15:32 Maersk Drilling secures two contract extensions in the North Sea
15:19 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 3.6% to 9.88 million TEUs in Jan-June’18
15:03 Van Oord will acquire MPI Offshore
14:44 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 17,589 in RF spot market
14:35 Wärtsilä to assist Transocean with thruster maintenance optimisation and dry-docking cost reductions
14:25 Jan De Nul Group acquires part of MPI’s offshore business unit
14:11 Fednav accepts delivery of MV Federal Dee, its 60th owned vessel
13:46 Eastern Shipbuilding inks contract with Bisso Offshore for RApport 2400 Ship Handling Tug duo
13:27 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company’s fleet is involved in a new international project
13:07 Court dismisses EUR 9 million claim against Armada Seismic Invest II AS
13:06 Hong Kong will host ShipTek Ship Owning & Ship Management Conference & Awards on 30 August 2018
12:48 Marine Recruiting Agency takes on a project of training crane specialists in Estonia
12:23 SEACOR Holdings announced that it favors a business combination of Dorian LPG LTD. and BW LPG Limited
12:02 IMO head highlights key maritime issues during trip to China
11:25 Fincantieri contracted to build LNG-fueled pair for TUI Cruises
11:01 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,666 points
10:44 Brent Crude futures price down 0.5% to $74.96, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.64% to $69.5
10:25 Mexico benefits from IMO training on port security
10:02 IMO held port emissions training for Argentina
09:52 CMA CGM's FAK rates for Asia to Red Sea trades
09:40 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in HI’18 up 1.7% Y-o-Y to 25.35 million tonnes
09:18 Port of Singapore throughput in HI’18 grew by 0.8% Y-o-Y to 312.79 million tonnes

2018 July 15

11:24 MAN Energy Solutions ready for SMM 2018
10:43 CMA CGM informs of FAK rates from the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe and the Mediterranean

2018 July 14

12:40 CMA CGM announces GRR for Far East to East Africa trade
11:41 ABP: Container terminal operation expansion to meet growing demand
10:14 Navtek selects Corvus Energy to provide battery for the world's first all-electric tug

2018 July 13

18:50 YILPORT Holding submits offer for Taranto Container Terminal concession
18:12 Metal Shark and ASV Global introduce “Sharktech” Autonomous Vessels
17:48 ABP: £2.7 million lock gate project secures future of Newport docks
17:16 Golar LNG Partners completed acquisition of equity interest in Golar Hilli, owner of FLNG Hilli Episeyo
16:48 Total closes acquisition of Engie’s upstream LNG business and becomes world No2 LNG player
16:36 Norwegian Cruise Line confirms options for two more Leonardo-class cruise ships
16:25 Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin visited SCF headquarters
15:59 Upgraded vessels of Project 14200 started navigation on passenger routes in Ob-Irtysh basin
15:33 Draft law on closed zones for dry bulk cargo transshipment submitted to State Duma (document)
15:12 Wärtsilä signs a EUR 170 million scrubber deal
14:37 Draft law on development of cruise tourism in Russia’s Arctic and Far East submitted to State Duma
14:24 Weatherdock AG offers fishing sector a solution to support the fight against IUU
13:49 Damen supporting European shipbuilding with NAVAIS coordination