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New supply vessel for Sakhalin-2 project launched

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somco logo 01 July 2016On 30 June 2016 a new ice-breaking supply vessel (IBSV) was launched for Sovcomflot as part of a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy.  

This reinforced ice class vessel has deadweight of 3, 000 tonnes and an Azipod propulsion system with a power rating of 13 MW. The ship is due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016.

This vessel is the first of four vessels ordered by Sovcomflot for operations at 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 passengers. The 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 these vessels for twenty 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, namely 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 these four new vessels. All are being constructed by Vyborg Shipyard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, both affiliated with USC.

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world’s leading shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment. The Group’s fleet comprises 140 vessels with a total deadweight of approximately 12.3 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.

The Group offers a wide range of vessels in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot has the ability to meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies. www.scf-group.ru

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