Aker Arctic icebreaking designs for Russian oil terminalVessel & ROV News // May 13, 2015
Aker Arctic and Vyborg Shipyard have signed a contract for the design of two new icebreakers based on the Aker ARC 130 A design.
The icebreakers will be used in the oil terminal operated by LLC Gazprom Neft Novy Port in the Gulf of Ob.
The icebreakers represent a further development of the Aker ARC 130 icebreaker concept originally developed for the Finnish Transport Agency.
The new design, Aker ARC 130 A, will utilize similar propulsion concept consisting of three azimuth thrusters – two in the stern and one in the bow of the vessel. The propulsion power and ice strengthening have been increased according to the operational requirements of the Arctic seas.
The vessel is designed to break 2m level ice with 30cm snow cover in both ahead and astern directions, operate in thick consolidated brash ice, and have excellent manoeuvrability in all ice conditions.
The Aker ARC 130 A icebreakers are about 122m long overall and have a beam of 25m and design draft of 8m. The vessels have a diesel-electric power plant; the combined propulsion power of the three azimuth thrusters is 21.5 MW.
The new icebreakers will be classified by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and their ice class will be Icebreaker 8.