Wärtsilä powers Arctic Offshore Vessel

By Peter Pospiech at April 15, 2013 05:50
Filed Under: Company News, Shipyards

Icebreaking  supply  vessel  built  by  Arctech  Helsinki  Shipyard  was  named  after Russian Navigator Aleksey Chirikov  

This vessel and its sister ship VITUS BERING, which is already since end of 2012 in operation, for  Russian shipping company Sovcomflot, will  be similar measuring  99.9  m  in  length  and 21.7  m  in  breadth.  Ship propulsion is designed as a diesel-electric drive. Their four Wärtsilä main engines have a total power of 18,000 kW and consist of 2 x 6L plus 2 x 12V of model 32. Output of each engine is 2 x 3000 kW plus 2 x 6000 kW. Propellers are 2 ABB Azipods VI 1600. Two bow-thrusters of maker Berg supports the ship crew in better and precise maneuverability. 

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 Arctic  offshore  vessel   was  named  after  Russian  Navigator  Aleksey  Chirikov  at  Arctech  Helsinki Shipyard 11 April 2013. The vessel will be delivered to the largest Russian shipping company Sovcomflot the next week and it will continue its path straight to Sakhalin area in Far East Russia, where it will service the Arkutun-Dagi oil and gas field.  

Arctech  has  built  these two  arctic  offshore  supply  vessels  for  Russian  company  Sovcomflot,  which  specialises  in hydrocarbon transportation from Arctic and subarctic regions with challenging icy conditions. The main purpose of these vessels is to support and service the Arkutun-Dagi oil  and  gas  production  platform  and  to  protect  it  from  ice.  The  vessel  type  has  been  designed  for  extreme environmental  conditions  and  will operate  in  thick  drifting  ice  in  temperatures  as  cold  as  minus  35  C°.  The icebreaking capability of the vessel is extremely high: it is able to operate independently in 1.7 meter thick ice. 

The naming ceremony of the ship ALEKSEY CHIRIKOV was held according to old traditions at Helsinki Shipyard. The ceremony  was  attended  by  the  President  of  the  Republic  of  Finland  Sauli  Niinistö,  the  Ambassador  of  Russian Federation Alexander Rumyantsev, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Dongsun Park and the top management of Sovcomflot, Arctech and its owners STX Finland and United Shipbuilding Corporation. The naming was done by the Godmother of the vessel Elena Korniychuk, Chief Accountant of Sovcomflot Arctic. 

”VITUS BERING and ALEKSEY CHIRIKOV are the result of excellent co-operation between Arctech and Sovcomlot. These state-of-the-art multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels can be utilized in many arctic areas in the future and I see a  global  need  for  such  Arctic  vessels”,  says  the  Managing  Director  of  Arctech  Helsinki  Shipyard,  Esko Mustamäki. 

“This  vessel,  bearing  the  name  ALEKSEY  CHIRIKOV,  will  operate  in  the  Far  Eastern  seas  in  a  region  that  has  been gaining increasing economic importance for Russia over the last several years. The ongoing development of projects on the continental shelf in the Far East with the active involvement of Russian companies will allow Russia to further strengthen its positions in the rapidly expanding Asia-Pacific region. The construction of vessels like these two arctic offshore vessels are  fully  in  line  with  the  Sovcomflot  strategy  to  expand  company  participation  in  industrial  projects  on  Russia’s continental shelf”,  comments Sergey Frank, President of OAO Sovcomflot. 

One-man operation bridge of ALEKSEY CHIRIKOV


Images: courtesy of  Arctech Shipyard, Wärtsilä

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