SCF to build trio of icebreaking supply vessels for Sakhalin-2Vessel & ROV News // July 8, 2014
SCF Group (Sovcomflot) and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd (Sakhalin Energy) have signed a contract for the construction and long-term operation of three multifunctional icebreaking standby vessels to serve the Sakhalin-2 offshore energy platforms.
The contract covers a 20-year term, during which the vessels will provide services for Sakhalin Energy’s platforms in the Sea of Okhotsk. The vessels will also assist with accommodation of the offshore facilities personnel. In an emergency, the vessels will help evacuate personnel from the offshore platforms and will provide oil spill response services when necessary.
The contract is a continuation of an initial agreement between Sovcomflot and Sakhalin Energy, signed in April 2014, for the construction of an icebreaking supply vessel (IBSV) and other memoranda of understanding between the two companies.
The latest agreement means that SCF Group will have four IBSV vessels of this type under construction. When completed, the new vessels will increase the group’s IBSV fleet to eight ships.
The new series of IBSV standby vessels is a further development of the Vitus Bering series of IBSVs, whilst the design and technical parameters of the new vessels were specially modified to meet the needs of the Sakhalin-2 project.
The vessels are designed for stern-first navigation in icy conditions and will be equipped with dynamic positioning (DP) systems. Their ice class is enhanced from Ice10 to Ice15, which will ensure the safe navigation in one year solid ice of up to 1.5m thick at a speed of 3.0 knots, and to keep working independently without becoming trapped in ice ridges of up to 4m thick.
Construction of the vessels is a joint project involving Russian and Finnish shipbuilders. The shipbuilding contract has been signed with the Russian company OAO USC. Around 90 per cent of the structural components for the vessels are to be produced in Russia, at the Vyborg Shipyard (part of OAO USC). The vessels will be equipped with navigation systems from the Russian manufacturer Transas, as well as Glonass satellite navigation systems. The ships will be registered in Russia, will be manned by Russian crews and will sail under the Russian Federation flag.
Sergey Frank, President & CEO of Sovcomflot, said: “This agreement is a logical extension of many years of successful cooperation between Sovcomflot and Sakhalin Energy. It follows preparatory work which was undertaken by technical specialists from both sides and the Russian shipbuilders. The arrival of these three advanced vessels of their class in Sea of Okhotsk will enhance the safety of shipping in the area whilst minimizing the associated environmental risks."