Zvezda shipyard lays down fourth Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
Bolshoy Kamen, Russia based Shipbuilding Complex Zvezda (Zvezda Shipyard, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation) says it has held an official keel laying ceremony for the fourth Aframax tanker at its outdoor outfitting dock.
The series numbers 12 units with the first three hulls under construction at the shipyard’s workshops and dock.
Aframax tankers will be the first of this class built in the Russian Federation. Aframax takers of the ‘Green’ series are intended for carrying oil and petroleum products in unrestricted navigation. The vessel is designed in accordance with high eco-standards - the main and additional power supply units can operate on the green fuel, the liquefied natural gas. The vessels have a length of 250 meters, a breadth of 44 meters and a deadweight of 114,000 tonnes. The tanker design also foresees a helideck.
When speaking at the ceremony attended by the shipyard specialists, Sergey Tseluiko, General Director of SC Zvezda, and Yury Atyakshev, Lead Engineer of Rosnefteflot, the customer, fixed the commemorative keel-laying plaque to the keel section of the future tanker.
“Serial production promises stability and Zvezda already has already secured numerous orders. Our key customer, Rosneft, has ensured the loading under the shipyard’s shipbuilding programme till 2025. The keel-laying of the fourth Aframax ship confirms our efficiency and readiness to build new tankers, gas carriers, rig supply vessels and other marine equipment that is new for Russia”, emphasized Sergey Tseluiko.
Zvezda Shipyard is being established at the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre (FESRC) by a consortium led by Rosneft.
The product line of Zvezda will include vessels with a displacement of up to 350 thousand tons, elements of offshore platforms, ice-class vessels, commercial vessels for cargo transportation, special vessels and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and purposes, including equipment that was previously not produced in Russia due to the lack of necessary launching and hydraulic structures. By the time the project is completed, the shipyard's capacity for metal processing will be more than 330 thousand tons per year. Totally, the production programme of Zvezda foresees the construction of 178 vessels and offshore facilities of different types by 2035.
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