A naming ceremony was held today for the new state-of-the-art gas carrier Velikiy Novgorod, ordered by Sovcomflot group of companies (SCF) for transportation of LNG for Gazprom group.
The ship will operate under a long-term time-charter agreement with OAO Sovcomflot and will reinforce positions of Gazprom in the world LNG market, as well as strengthen the Russian LNG-tanker fleet.
The festive ceremony at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding shipyard was attended by: Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom, Alexander Medvedev, Deputy CEO of Gazprom Export Elena Burmistrova, who is the Sponsor Lady of the vessel, SCF President and CEO Sergey Frank, and Novgorod city administration representatives, as well as representatives of international financing organisations, Lloyds Maritime Register, and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
Velikiy Novgorod is the first vessel in a series of high-tech ice class LNG carriers that has been specially designed in accordance with Gazprom demands. The second ship of the series, Pskov, is due to be delivered in September, 2014.
The technical parameters of the vessels are: type – Atlanticmax, capacity approx. 170,200m³, length – 299.9m, width – 45.8m, height – 26m. The tri-fuel diesel-electric propulsion system has been specially adapted for work in the north (Ice2 according to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping with special hardware for operations in low temperature conditions).
Gas carriers in the Velikiy Novgorod series are capable of transporting gas on a year-round basis from practically all existing LNG terminals in the world, including Russia’s first LNG terminal, Sakhalin-2, and the forthcoming Vladivostok-LNG terminal.
The design of the gas-carriers was developed in collaboration with experts from Gazprom, Sovcomflot, the Russian Maritime Register and the United Shipbuilding Company (OAO OSK). It complies with the latest requirements regarding ecological norms, energy-efficiency, working conditions and leisure provision for crews, as well as onboard safety.
Press Release, January 20, 2014