Arctech Helsinki Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, has laid the keel for the first icebreaking safety standby vessel or emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) it is building for Sovcomflot in Russia.
Newbuilding 512 is the first of three icebreaking standby ships for Russia’s largest shipping company. Once delivered, the vessels will operate in offshore Sakhalin on behalf of the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project, Sakhalin Energy Investment Co Ltd (SEIC). The icebreaking vessels are designed for standby and rescue duties and for oil spill recovery. They can also be used as supply vessels for cargo transfer and act as diving support vessels. They incorporate a moonpool for this purpose.
The vessels measure 100m in length with a breadth of 21.7m. Four diesel generators will provide a total of approximately 21,000kW. The propulsion power of the vessel is 13,000kW. The design fulfils the demanding requirements set forth by SEIC with respect to operating conditions and environmental features. The vessels also have accommodation for 98 people onboard.
They are designed to operate in thick drifting ice, providing ice management and icebreaking services in temperatures as low as minus 35°C. The icebreaking capability of the standby vessels is extremely high – they will be able to proceed independently in 1.7m thick ice. Newbuilding 512 will be delivered at the end of 2016.