Arctech Helsinki Shipyard to build icebreaking supply vessels for SovcomflotYard News // December 17, 2010
The joint-venture company Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, which was formed last week and is 50/50 owned by STX Finland and United Shipbuilding Corporation, has secured an order for two new multifunction icebreaking supply vessels (MIBSV) from Russian customer Sovcomflot. The value of the order is US$200 million and the project will start immediately.
The new vessels will be delivered by the Helsinki shipyard during the spring of 2013. Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy will build the new vessels for Sakhalin-1 Arkutun-Dagi gas field where they will be used as supply vessels for Exxon Neftegas Limited's platform.
Both vessels will measure 99.2m in length and 21.7 m in breadth. They will have four engines with a total power of 18,000kW and propulsion power of 13,000 kW. The vessels will be designed specifically for extreme environmental conditions on the Sakhalin area. They will operate in thick, drifting ice in temperatures as cold as minus 35 degrees C.
The main purpose for these vessels is to supply the gas production platform and to protect it from the ice. The icebreaking capability of the vessels will be extremely high - they will be able to operate independently in 1.7m thick ice and carry various types of cargo. They will also be equipped for oil recovery, fire fighting, and rescue operations. The rescue capacity is for 195 persons.