Supply vessel for Sakhalin-2 project launchedVessel & ROV News // July 4, 2016
On 30 June 2016 an icebreaking supply vessel (IBSV) was launched for Sovcomflot as part of a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy.
The ice-class vessel has deadweight of 3,000 tonnes and an Azipod propulsion system with a rating of 13MW. The ship is due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017 and is the first of four vessels ordered by Sovcomflot for operations on the Sakhalin-2 project. The other three are emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) that have a smaller deadweight (2,000 tonnes), but offer enhanced functionality and can carry more people. Construction of all four vessels began in 2015.
The agreement between Sovcomflot and Sakhalin Energy, signed in the spring of 2014, involves the operation of the vessels for 20 years. They are designed for the year-round delivery of personnel, supplies and consumables to three production platforms in the Okhotsk Sea. In an emergency, the vessels are also able to undertake complex environmental protection measures, and will enhance the safety of personnel based on these production platforms.
The Sakhalin-2 project includes two oil and gas fields being developed on the northeastern shelf of Sakhalin Island, the Piltun-Astokhskoye oil field and the Lunskoye gas field. Sovcomflot has been providing Sakhalin-2 with specialised supply vessels since 2009. The development of the project has necessitated increasing the supply vessel fleet by ordering these four additional vessels.
Sovcomflot contracted United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to build each of the four vessels. All are being constructed by Vyborg Shipyard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, both affiliated with USC.