• 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 December 19

09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,395 points

2018 December 18

18:21 Uniper SE and MOL enter into agreement on FSRU project in Germany, and one additional LNG transportation agreement
18:00 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.3% to 8.47 billion tonnes in 11M’18
17:46 Rolls-Royce to deliver advanced ship technology to two more expedition cruise vessels for Mystic Cruises
17:43 Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth enters LR class
17:27 SOL adds Finnish port of Pietarsaari/Jakobstad to the Zeebrugge route network
17:04 Finnpilot Pilotage BoD decided for no increase in the pilotage fees for 2019
16:42 GTT bags yet another tank design order for LNGC duo
16:38 PRA starts construction of new plastics recycling facility at the Port of Amsterdam
16:25 Arctia and Meritaito join forces to expand their range of services
16:09 Crowley integrates DFTS management into government solutions group to unify supply chain services
15:42 KN enhances its relations with American LNG giants
15:18 BW Group Limited purchased 137,000 shares
14:53 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 680 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
14:28 Shell Oman and Port of Duqm ink agreement to develop fuel bunkering facilities
14:11 Golar LNG receives LNTP for an FLNG vessel for Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim Project P1, West Africa
13:47 WEG and Praxis sign MoU to support Damen Saab bid for the Brazilian Navy
13:41 Eni gets approval of the investment plan for Merakes Development Project in Indonesia
13:22 Sovcomflot closes USD 264 million long-term revolving credit facility
12:58 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 Antwerp, Belgium will host the 3rd European Environmental Ports Conference on 12-13 June 2019
12:19 Keppel receives limited notice to proceed for GIMI FLNG
11:57 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 17-18
11:35 Terna’s MONITA HVDC Project: Nexans reaches key milestone with successful completion of submarine power cable
11:10 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 17.96 million TEUs in Jan-Nov’18
10:46 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 11M’18 down 1.8% Y-o-Y to 45.49 million tonnes
10:23 Maersk announces rate increase for Far East to North Europe trade
10:05 Brent Crude futures price down 1.53% to $58.72, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.61% to $49.39
09:47 Austal export opportunity supported by Australian Government financing
09:31 Rosatom drafted Rules for providing navigational and hydrographic support in NSR waters
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,406 points

2018 December 17

18:23 Sembcorp Marine retains its position as Asia’s top cruise ship repair and upgrade solutions provider with newbuilds projects delivered in 2018
18:02 USPA announced tenders for dredging in Mariupol and Berdiansk seaports
17:48 SITC holds naming and delivery ceremony for M/V SITC SENDAI
17:37 ONE to implement LSF surcharge in China and Taiwan
17:15 NCSP Group's consolidated cargo turnover for January-October totaled 116,946 thousand tons
16:41 Moody's reaffirms Panama Canal's A2 long-term rating with stable outlook
16:26 Port of Oakland shatters 11-year-old record for November imports
15:54 Yamal LNG will build one more natural gas liquefaction facility
15:27 Nor-Shipping and Nordic Innovation team up for “Sea Meets Land” funding initiative
15:17 PETRONAS releases Annual Activity Outlook report for 2019-2021
14:56 NOVATEK elects a new member to the Management Board
14:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 15,328 in RF spot market
14:13 Damen’s triple delivery for Murjan Al Sharq Marine Contracting
13:41 Pacific Fleet and Indian Navy warships practice inspection operation as part of Indra Navy 2018 Russian-Indian naval exercise
13:19 Queen Máxima christens Van Oord's TSHD Vox Amalia
12:58 9 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 16-17
12:36 Samsung Heavy Industries secures yet another contract for an LNGC
12:23 Saab secures shipping safety contract for Shangai container port
12:00 Composit supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:42 Milaha unveils large plans to upgrade its shipyard in Mesaieed
11:01 IBIA welcomes decision by IMO’s MSC to add new item to its agenda to address concerns about fuel safety
10:43 SENER to design passenger vessel for Tanzanian ferry operator
10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.21% to $51.58
09:58 Port of Singapore throughput in 11M’18 grew by 0.4% Y-o-Y to 575.44 million tonnes
09:40 Floating regasification plant “Marshal Vasilevsky” arrives in Kaliningrad
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,401 points

2018 December 16

16:09 Navios Acquisition completes acquisition of Navios Midstream
15:23 Thun Tankers names environmentally adapted tanker Thun Evolve
13:21 Traxens trials IoT network in port environment for first time, at MSC Terminal Valencia