This was a good morning for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard:
Arctech to Build an Icebreaking Supply Vessel for Sovcomflot
Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has been awarded a contract to build an icebreaking supply vessel for the Russia´s largest shipping company Sovcomflot. The new vessel will be built for the North East Sakhalin Offshore region oil and gas field where she will be used as a platform supply vessel for Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (SEIC). The total value of the order is about EUR 100 million.
The project will start immediately and the vessel will be delivered to the client in June 2016. The vessel brings together the very latest innovations in arctic shipbuilding science and technology and is a further developed version of the two multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels Vitus Bering and Aleksey Chirikov delivered for Sovcomflot in 2012 and 2013. The new icebreaking supply vessel measures 100 m in length and 21 m in breadth. The six main diesel generator sets have the total power of about 20 000 kW and the propulsion power of 13 000 kW.
“This order is an excellent continuation for the series of icebreaking multipurpose vessels, that Arctech has built in past few years. With this order Arctech confirms its position as leading builder of arctic offshore vessels”, says Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.
The vessel is designed for extreme environmental conditions in the Sakhalin area. The main duty of the vessel is to supply between land bases and the offshore drilling and production sites. The vessel will be able to safely convey and transfer cargo on deck and bulk cargo underdeck in all seasons. The vessel will also be operating in thick drifting ice for ice management and icebreaking duties in temperatures as cold as minus 35 C°. The icebreaking capability of the vessel is extremely high, the vessel is able to proceed independently in 1.5 meter thick ice. The vessel will be outfitted for emergency evacuation, rescue and fire fighting operations, oil spill response and platform overboard working and helicopter operations. The vessel can also act as diving support vessel including a moon pool feature.
Here’s a picture of the vessel that the newbuilding is based on:
In terms of technology, the ship will be fairly conventional with twin Azipod propulsion (2 x 6.5 MW). However, I’m surprised about the increase in the number of main diesel generators - instead of four, this vessel will have six for increased flexibility. I’d suspect the make and type are Wärtsilä 6L32, rated at 580 kW per cylinder. I wonder where they’re going to fit them now that they have a moon pool as well. The hull form will likely be the same as that of Vitus Bering and Aleksey Chirikov, which in turn used the hull form developed by Aker Arctic for Fesco (today SCF) Sakhalin.