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    Fesco Sakhalin due to start work this month

    Vessel & ROV News // September 19, 2005

    The icebreaking supply and safety standby vessel Fesco Sakhalin is due to start work later this month.

    Built by Aker Finnyards in Finland for FESCO in Russia, Fesco Sakhalin was completed earlier this summer.

    The ship could have travelled to Sakhalin via the northern sea route, however the owners decided to deliver the ship to its operating area via the Suez Canal so that it arrives in fully worked-up condition, ready to start work.

    The new PSV is noteworthy for a number of reasons. Built to supply the Orlan platform off Sakhalin Island on the east coast of Russia, the 99.9m ship has a very high ice class, DNV Ice-10, to enable it to operate in the severe ice conditions in the region, and is also an environmentally-friendly design, capable of transporting significant quantities of cargo.

    The vessel has a double-acting hull form, and can break ice moving either bow first or stern first.

    Fesco Sakhalin is also fitted for fire-fighting, pollution prevention and safety standby roles, the pollution response gear taking the form of a work tender, 200m of oil boom, and reception tanks, all of which are specified for use in the harsh Arctic conditions.

    The propulsion machinery takes the form of two ABB Azipod units, supplied with power by a diesel electric arrangement for which most of the technology was supplied by ABB.

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