Icebreaking ship Stepan Makarov commences operations for Sakhalin-2 project
SCF Group's icebreaking standby vessel Stepan Makarov on August 6, 2017 year arrived in Sakhalin, Gazprom said Wednesday.
The multifunctional icebreaking standby vessel was built at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy (a Finland based subsidiary of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corp.), in accordance with RS and international standards of safety of navigation and is able to operated in adverse climate conditions in the Sea of Okhotsk.
The icebreaker will be operated under a long-term time charter agreement between Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot.
Key particulars of the Stepan Makarov (Hull No 512): LOA – 95.60 m; Breadth – 21.60 m; DWT – 3879.50; Draught (Loading) – 8.45 m; Speed – 15.50 kn; accommodation – 98, including 72 drilling platforms personnel. Class Notation: +1A1, Standby Vessel (S), Passenger Ship, SF, EO, Icebreaker ICE-15, LFL*, DE-ICE, WINTERIZED COLD, DAT (-35°C), OPP-F, Fire Fighter 1, DK(+), DYNPOS-AUTR, CLEAN, NAUT-OC, OILREC.
The ship is equipped by Ampleman's Iceman W2W bridge for safe year-round transfer of personnel to drilling platforms designed for Sakhalin Energy.
The vessel was named after Stepan Makarov, a Russian admiral and a polar explorer who played a prominent role in establishing the Russian icebreaker fleet. He introduced the idea to use icebreakers for Arctic Ocean exploration, and was directly involved in the design and construction of Yermak, the world’s first Arctic icebreaker (1898).
The Russian flagged standby vessel will ensure the safety of personnel of Sakhalin Energy platforms in the Sea of Okhotsk, will respond to emergency spills, transfer personnel to platforms, and support operations of the Company.
Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) is the operator of Sakhalin-2, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas projects, which has developed major infrastructure for hydrocarbon production, transportation and processing. The Company exports crude oil produced in the Sea of Okhotsk and LNG produced at Russia’s first LNG plant built by Sakhalin Energy in the south of Sakhalin. The Company’s shareholders are Gazprom (50% + 1 share), Royal Dutch Shell (27.5% - 1 share), Mitsui and Co. Ltd. (12.5%) and Mitsubishi Corporation (10%).
The project’s infrastructure created by the Company includes, among other things, three offshore ice resistant platforms, the Trans-Sakhalin Pipeline System, which comprises 300km long offshore pipelines, an onshore gas pipeline and an onshore oil pipeline, 800 km long each, the Onshore Processing Facility (OPF), the Oil Export Terminal (OET), and Russia’s first and so far the only LNG plant which accounts for over 4 percent of the world’s LNG.
PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world's leading shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment. The Group’s fleet comprises 148 vessels with a total deadweight of over 13.1 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.
The Group offers a wide range of vessels in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot can meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies.