Finnish and Russian shipyards have a long history of collaboration – the latest example of which is a new icebreaking supply vessel for Sovcomflot Sakhalin II and the first of a trio of standby vessels
January 2017 saw a naming ceremony held for a new icebreaking platform supply vessel for Sovcomflot. The vessel, Gennadiy Nevelskoy, is destined to work on the Sakhalin II project under a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy and is the first of four ordered by the Russian company for the oil field.
Gennadiy Nevelskoy has a deadweight of 3,000 tonnes. The other three ships are standby vessels with a smaller deadweight (2,000 tonnes). The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping has assigned them Icebreaker 6 ice class. The new vessel left the shipyard on its maiden voyage to Sakhalin Island on 5 March 2017 and is named after a famous explorer of the Russian Far East, Gennadiy Nevelskoy.
Built according to the latest international standards for safe operation and protection of the environment, the design of all four vessels was developed by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.
The three standby vessels will have a slightly smaller deadweight than the first of the newbuilds but have the same icebreaking capacity and large accommodation capacity as Gennadiy Nevelskoy. All four vessels will be used for year-round delivery of supplies and consumables to offshore platforms, transporting personnel and performing standby and ice-management duties near the platforms. The vessels will also be outfitted for integrated environmental protection and rescue operations.
With a length overall of 104 m and breadth of 21 m, Gennadiy Nevelskoy has a total installed power of 21 megawatts (MW) and propulsion of 13 MW. This gives the new vessel a speed in 1.5 m level ice of 3 knots. The vessel has a design draught of 7.60 m, maximum draught of 7.90 m and deadweight of 3,000 tonnes. It has lifesaving appliances for a total of 70 people and accommodation for 28 crew and 42 other personnel. It is classed by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and bears the class notation KM(*), Icebreaker6, AUT-1, OMBO, FF3WS, DYNPOS-2, ANTI-ICE, ECO, Winterization(-35), Supply Vessel, Oil Recovery Ship, Special Purpose Ship.
Speaking at a naming ceremony for the vessel in January 2017, Sergey Frank, president and CEO of Sovcomflot, said Gennadiy Nevelskoy “enables us to strengthen Sovcomflot’s position as a global leader in the icebreaking supply vessel class”.
Esko Mustamäki, CEO of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, described the vessel as “technically a forerunner in Arctic shipbuilding” with an environmentally advanced design that fulfils the requirements of IMO Tier III. “We have also paid special attention to the underwater noise level caused by the ship,” said Mr Mustamäki.
Alexey Rakhmanov, President of USC, which collaborated with Arctech Shipyard to build the vessel, highlighted long-lasting ties between Russian and Finnish shipbuilders and noted that Russian specialists have collaborated with their Finnish counterparts in the construction of ice-class tankers and a range of vessels for the development of the Arctic.
“We are learning icebreaking technologies from our partners, but at the same time, we contribute our own competences,” he said. “Gennadiy Nevelskoy continues our co-operation and carries on the glorious tradition of collaboration between the Russian and Finnish shipbuilding industries,” he said.
Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the second ship it is building for Sovcomflot on 15 June 2017. The multifunction standby vessel was named after Russian vice admiral and polar explorer Stepan Makarov. The 3,300 tonnes deadweight, Russian Maritime Register ice-class 6 vessel will also be assigned to the Sakhalin II project in the Sea of Okhotsk.