Finland: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Lays Keel for Icebreaking Supply Vessel

Finland - Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Lays Keel for Icebreaking Supply Vessel

The hull assembly of icebreaking supply vessel NB-506 has started with the Keel Laying Ceremony held at Helsinki Shipyard 19 January 2012. The Russian Shipping Company Sovcomflot ordered two icebreaking supply vessels from Arctech a year ago. The vessels will be delivered in April 2013 and they will supply the Arkutun-Dagi oil and gas field in the Sakhalin area in Far East Russia.

The project combines the Arctic expertise of Russia and the West, providing vessels capable of operating year-round either on rough seas or in the middle of ice fields. Vitus Bering and her sistership will be ideal vessels resulting from this international cooperation. They will be able to operate even if surrounded by 1,7 metre thick ice. Both ships will also be equipped with dynamic positioning systems allowing them to approach the platform in any weather conditions. The list of the two ships’ other capabilities includes escorting ships in ice conditions in the area around the platform, conducting oil spill containment operations, towing oil platforms and other large objects in the open sea. In order to facilitate maneuvering in ice conditions, the designers of the ships’ hull made it possible for both vessels to break ice not only with their bows, but also with their sterns, thus allowing for reverse movement. The power propulsion system, comprising four main engines, will provide an aggregate power of 18 MW.

The Keel laying at Helsinki Shipyard followed old traditions. The ceremony was attended by the top management of the client Sovcomflot and the owner companies of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard: United Shipbuilding Corporation and STX Europe.

These new buildings guarantee the full employment to Helsinki Shipyard. It seems that by the end of March we are able to employ our whole staff, approximately 400 people. We will also be needing extra recruitments. We believe that similar vessels will also be built in the future”, comments Mr. Esko Mustamäki, the Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.

The blocks are being built together with Vyborg Shipyard. 37 of the blocks are built in Vyborg and five of them in Helsinki. The first block of 353 tonns, that was set on the keel, has been manufactured in Helsinki. The block will be located in the middle of the ship as part of the cargo handling and cargo tank spaces of the vessel.

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has been responsible of the design and procurement of the vessels as well as the finalizing steps: block outfitting, paintings, hull assembly, outfitting and commissioning. ”Co-operation with the client has gone well and at the moment the project proceeds as planned. The next aim is to launch the vessel by summer”, comments Mr. Juha Sinkkonen, the Shipyard Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.

World Maritime News Staff, January 19, 2012; Image: Arctech


Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>


<< Oct 2015 >>
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Marintec China 2015, Shanghai, China


Facts & Figures of Marintec China:
• The exhibition spread over 70,000 square metres in Shanghai New International Expo Centre
• Over 1,700 exhibiting companies were participating in the event
• 57,888 quality trade visitors from 88 countries/regions
• 16 national & regional pavilions from Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan region, the United States and the United Kingdom were organised

About Marintec China

Marintec China 2015 will be held on 1-4 December 2015 in Shanghai. With increasing worldwide recognition and reputation throughout the past three decades, the exhibition is attracting an increasing number of high-profile exhibitors and visitors from around the world.

Regarded as the only gateway to the Asian maritime market, Marinetech China has become larger than ever! Being the most recognized maritime trade show in Asia, Marintec China is definitely an international marketplace for buyers to source from international sellers showcasing their latest marine, ship design, offshore engineering and port technology.

Over the years, Marintec China has grown to reflect the size and importance of the Asian maritime market. Marintec China 2013 has broken all the previous records attracting more than 1,700 exhibiting companies from 32 countries /regions and 16 group pavilions, making it the most international and authorised industry event in Asia. Taking place once every two years, Marintec China 2015 edition is a unique opportunity for suppliers to connect with new customers and re-connect with existing contacts from the region, and final one to present new products and services to the trade visitors and experts from all parts of the world.

Visit Marintec China 2015 website for more details

read more >

Salvage Law & Practice Seminar

Salvage Law & Practice at a glance:
Lloyd’s Open Form – contract design, administration and recent cases
special compensation awards…

read more >

Canada LNG Export Conference and Exhibition 2016

Following the tremendous success of DMG’s 3rd Annual Canada LNG Export Conference & Exhibition, those fundamental to the development of LNG…

read more >