Sovcomflot's icebreaking supply vessel launchedVessel & ROV News // January 10, 2013
21 December 2012, saw the launch of the lead ship in a new series of two multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels ordered by Sovcomflot Group (SCF) from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy (a joint venture of ÎÀÎ United Shipbuilding Corporation and STX Finland) in the Finnish capital.
Vitus Bering series was ordered following an agreement signed in December 2010 after Sovcomflot won a tender with Exxon Neftegas Limited (operator of the Sakhalin-I project). According to the agreement, Sovcomflot is to provide two new supply vessels on a long-term charter to the company-operator of the project for the year-round servicing of the Arkutun-Dagi platform.
The construction of the Vitus Bering series is a joint project involving both Russian and Finnish shipbuilders. Around 90 per cent (by weight) of the structural components for the vessels were produced in Russia at Vyborg Shipyard (part of ÎÀÎ OSK). Final hardware installation will be carried out by OAO OSK in Saint-Petersburg and will include navigation systems from Russian manufacturer Transas, as well as a Glonass satellite navigation system.
Both vessels will be registered in Russia, will sail under the flag of the Russian Federation and will be manned by Russian crews. Future plans include the continued construction of a series of multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels at OAO OSK enterprises for work on the Sakhalin-II project (operated by Sakhalin Energy).
The hulls of the vessels have been specially designed for stern-first navigation in icy conditions and are equipped with a dynamic positioning system which helps them maintain a stable position beside platforms and in thick ice. Their winterisation system ensures they can operate safely in ice of up to 1.7m thick.
The new vessels have a deadweight of 3,950 tonnes, maximum length of 99.2m, beam of 21.7m, maximum depth of 7.9m and are designed for 22 crew.