Arctech Helsinki Shipyards, part of United Shipbuilding Corp., held a keel laying ceremony on 17 December for a new icebreaking platform supply vessel ordered by PAO Sovcomflot under a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy.
The agreement provides for the operation of one multifunctional icebreaking platform supply vessel (ice class Ice-15) and three ice class platform supply vessels for 20 years under the Sakhalin-2 project.
The vessels are designed for year-round delivery of personnel, supplies and consumables to oil and gas production platforms in the Piltun-Astokhskoye and Lunskoye fields located in the Okhotsk Sea. In an emergency, the vessels will implement a full set of measures to protect the environment and provide safety support for the staff of the platforms.
The Ice class-Ice 15 vessel will be 3000dwt, 104.2m in length, 23.9m in width, and have an operating speed of 16knots.
Vyborg Shipyards (VS), where hull structures of the supply and support vessels are built, will act as subcontractor under the shipbuilding contract signed with Arctech Shipyards. This order will assure a high level of capacity utilization for the Russian enterprise until 2016.
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