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    First double-acting icebreaking supply vessel named

    Vessel & ROV News // July 8, 2005
    The first double-acting large icebreaker, the icebreaking PSV Fesco Sakhalin, was formally named at the end of May.

    The icebreaking standby and supply vessel was ordered by FESCO in Russia from Aker Finnyards in Helsinki.

    Yrj Julin, President of Aker Finnyards said: "This is the first icebreaker from Finland to Russia since the 1980s. Fesco is our old client; in addition to a number of Arctic cargo ships we have delivered six icebreakers for them since the late 1960s. Now we are very pleased to have continued this fruitful cooperation as well as to have re-established the long co-operation in shipbuilding between our countries."

    The design is a result of the long term R&D activity, which started already in 1989 with research on the operational conditions in the Sakhalin area in the Far-East of Russia: The vessel will be operating in the harsh Okhotsk Sea environment, with freezing temperatures down to -40C and difficult ice conditions with ice ridges up to 20m deep and solid ice exceeding 1.5m in thickness.

    Fesco Sakhalin will work as standby and supply vessel on the Sakhalin-1 project, involving the development of three oil fields in the area, where total potential recoverable resources are estimated at 307 million tonnes of oil and 485 billion cubic metres of gas. Exxon Neftegas Ltd is the operator for the multinational Sakhalin-1 Consortium.

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