Arctic offshore vessel NB-506 was launched at Helsinki Shipyard on Saturday 30 June 2012. The hull assembly of sister vessel will start in the beginning of July, after the launch. Arctech is building the vessels for Russian shipping corporation Sovcomflot and they will supply the Arkutun-Dagi oil and gas field in Sakhalin area, in Far East Russia.
”The building of the ships has proceeded as planned and the whole staff is employed in the projects.Also our third project, the building of icebreaking rescue vessel, has started at Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad. The hull will be shipped to Helsinki for outfitting and finalizing works in spring 2013”, tells Esko Mustamäki, the Managing Director of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.
The Launch of NB-506 was attended by the top management of the client Sovcomflot and Arctech. The ceremony was held according to old traditions and the vessel will be floated to outfitting dock during the weekend. ”The building of NB-506 proceeds with outfitting and finalizing works. It is ready for delivery in Deecember 2012. The hull assembly of sister vessel NB-507 starts next week with keel laying”, tells Project Manager Jonas Packalén.
Both vessels for Sovcomflot will be similar measuring 99.9 m in length and 21.7 m in breadth. Their four engines have the total power of 18,000 kW and the propulsion power of 13,000 kW. These vessels have been designed for extreme environmental conditions, they will be operating in thick drifting ice in temperatures as cold as minus 35 C°. The main purpose for these vessels is to supply the gas production platform and to protect it from the ice. The icebreaking capability of the vessels is extremely high, they are able to operate independently in 1.7 meter thick ice. As multipurpose vessels, these vessels are capable of carrying various type of cargo and they are equipped for oil combating, fire fighting, and rescue operations. The rescue capacity is for 195 persons.
Source: Arctech, July 2, 2012