Keppel delivers ice-class rescue vessel to LUKOILVessel & ROV News // July 2, 2009
Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine), the specialised shipbuilding arm of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), has delivered a multi-purpose rescue vessel to LUKOIL-Kaliningradmorneft (LUKOIL).
Over the last four years, LUKOIL has entrusted Keppel Singmarine with specialised shipbuilding projects such as Asia’s first icebreakers, two ice-class AHTS and Floating Storage and Offloading vessel which is being completed by sister yard Caspian Shipyard Company in the Caspian Sea.
Jointly designed by Marine Technology Development (MTD), the ship design and development arm of Keppel O&M and its consultants, Robert Allan, Kogalym is the fifth vessel Keppel Singmarine has delivered to LUKOIL since 2003.
Mr Victor Velikov, Deputy General-Director of LUKOIL said, “Heavy-duty support vessels such as Kogalym are highly valuable in ensuring smooth offshore operations all year round in the unique weather conditions of the Caspian Sea."
“Keppel Singmarine has demonstrated its strong capabilities and commitment once again, with the timely delivery of another fine vessel. The company has proven itself over the years as a reliable partner to LUKOIL, and we are pleased that the rest of our vessels being constructed by them are progressing well.”
The 60-tonne bollard pull vessel will be deployed in the Caspian Sea region to perform supply duties and rescue operations in temperatures as low as -20°C and ice thickness of up to 70cm.