• 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.




2019 March 24

16:29 VARO and GoodFuels extend partnership to scale Bio Fuel Oil availability to deep sea segment in ARA Region
15:13 New Kongsberg Maritime application enables Bureau Veritas to successfully complete the first ‘DP Digital Survey’
14:27 ESVAGT increases presence in dynamic offshore wind market
13:03 Semco secures EPCI contract with Total as part of the Tyra Redevelopment Project
12:01 Safe Scandinavia option restructure and extension

2019 March 23

16:03 NCL announces plans for new staff training facility
15:54 ABP Humber provides land to support KIA expansion
14:22 SeaPlanner to support marine coordination for Taiwan's Formosa I offshore wind farm
13:31 Høglund awarded fuel-gas supply systems contract for six Hurtigruten passenger ships retrofits
12:25 McDermott secures substantial offshore EPCI contract in the Middle East
11:21 MacArtney provide Active Heave Compensated MERMAC winch solution to Alcatel Submarine Networks for planned subsea offshore operations

2019 March 22

18:06 GE and Nedstack enter into a partnership to develop hydrogen fuel cell power systems for cruise vessels
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17:36 Samsung Heavy Industries receives a LNGC order
17:05 Maritime Union of Australia issues notice of legal rolling industrial actions at DP WORLD terminals in Australia
16:44 NATO allied nations from last year’s NATO Summit to attend Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019
16:44 Maersk partners with global companies to trial biofuel
16:22 15th edition of Expomaritt Exposhipping Istanbul to be held 2-5 April 2019
16:05 Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition partners with Maersk in world's largest maritime biofuel pilot
15:30 Hapag-Lloyd announces 2018 results
14:03 ONE unveils enhanced intra-Asia –East India service network for 2019
13:54 Royal IHC to build second TSHD for National Marine Dredging Company
13:41 IMO expands collaborative efforts to promote maritime security
13:17 REMPEITC-Caribe training workshop funded by IMO held in Guyana
12:55 Workshop promoting good practice in spill preparedness and response held in Côte d'Ivoire
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11:08 MSC Bellissima, MSC Cruises’ latest newbuild visits Valletta Cruise Port
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2019 March 21

18:05 Dublin Bay Biosphere to host international UNESCO EuroMAB Conference
17:53 Detachment of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet completed transfer through the Suez Canal
17:28 McDermott awarded ethylene contract in Russia
17:05 IMO and Saudi Arabia organize course for members of three key regional maritime security agreements to promote maritime security
16:35 Topaz secures contract extension with BP for 12 vessels in Azerbaijan
16:05 Incat announces construction of a 35m Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Samso Rederi
15:52 Kalmar's Eco Reachstackers and Empty Container Handlers to help Ter Haak Group Amsterdam improve the sustainability of its operations
15:31 Severnaya Verf lays down second processing trawler of Project 170701 for Norebo Holding
15:08 German shipyard Lürssen launches project Fiji yacht named Madsummer
14:39 GoodFuels and REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker fuel first inland vessel on 100% sustainable biofuel
14:13 Incat Crowther 35m ferry for Samso Rederi
13:55 Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput on her first voyage under Arctic LNG 2 project
13:24 Andrei Chibis appointed Acting Governor of Murmansk Region
13:17 Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River
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12:00 Steel cut for first short-sea LNG bunker vessel for Eesti Gaas at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China
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11:13 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:50 Doha to host Ports & Maritime Evolution, Rail & Logistics Evolution, Road & Logistics Evolution Qatar Assembly & Expo in September’19
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10:08 MAN receives an order for two-stroke engines from Eastern Pacific Shipping
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