On Wednesday, Russian company Sovcomflot (SCF) held a naming ceremony for its new icebreaking supply vessel built by the Arctech Helsinki Shipbuilding yard.
The contract for the construction of four supply vessels for Sovcomflot was signed with United Shipbuilding Corporation, and the actual construction work was to be performed by its branch Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.
The company named its new vessel after the great Russian naval commander Admiral Fyodor Ushakov, who has never suffered a single defeat throughout his entire military career and played one of the crucial roles in the foundation of the port of Sevastopol.
The vessels of this series are exclusively built for work in the challenging icy conditions of the Okhotsk Sea. The company said the design and equipment of the vessel made it possible to carry out all-season work on the Sakhalin-2 project. The new icebreaker can also be used as an emergency response vessel.
President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexey Rakhmanov, deputy CEO and chief engineer of Sovcomflot Igor Tonkovidov, and head of Sakhalin Energy’s offshore facilities production department Paul Eykhaut have attended the vessel naming ceremony. The ceremony has also been attended by representatives of the Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University (AUMSU). Tatyana Timchenko, Vice-Rector of Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University is the vessel’s godmother.
The vessel is the 3rd in the range of 4 icebreaker supply vessels commissioned by Sovcomflot under a long-term contract with Sakhalin Energy. Two of the above vessels have already been put into operation, the Stepan Makarov in the summer of 2017 and Gennadiy Nevelskoy earlier in the spring of 2017.
The vessel Fedor Ushakov is going to be registered in Saint Petersburg and work under the Russian flag. It is going to have a crew of 28 personnel.
Alexey Rakhmanov mentioned that the Fedor Ushakov was a continuation of the United Shipbuilding Corporation cooperation with SCF and of the glorious traditions of Russian shipbuilding at the same time. He was confident that the ship would be in demand during the Sakhalin-2 project, given the enormous scope of the work on that project. At present, Sovcomflot operates 10 vessels working at the Sakhalin-2 project, 3 of which are oil tankers, 2 are liquified natural gas carriers, and 5 are icebreaking standby and supply vessels.
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