Steel-cutting ceremony for new-generation icebreaking supply vesselsVessel & ROV News // July 11, 2011
The steel-cutting ceremony for the first icebreaker takes place.
On 6 July 2011 a steel-cutting ceremony took place at Vyborg Shipyard in Russia for the first in a series of multifunctional supply vessels ordered by SCF Group.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of SCF Group, Exxon Neftegas Limited, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Vyborg Shipyard, the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and Lloyds Register.
The construction of the multifunctional supply vessels is the result of an agreement signed last December by SCF Group and Exxon Neftegas Limited (operator of Sakhalin-1 project). The agreement envisages the long-term chartering of two, high ice class, specialist supply vessels.
The relevant shipbuilding contracts were signed by SCF Group and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy a joint venture of USC and STX Finland. Vyborg Shipyard will be engaged in constructing the hull elements of the new vessels.
The lead ship of the series will be named Vitus Bering, after a famous Russian explorer of the Far Eastern seas and a Dane by origin.
The first vessel is expected to be delivered at the end of 2012/early 2013.
Both ships will be registered in Russia and will fly the flag of the Russian Federation.