Rosneft Oil: Zvezda Shipyard Commences Construction of the Third MR-Type Product Carrier Tanker
The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has commenced the construction of the third MR-type product carrier tanker fuelled with gas. Cutting of the first hull details for the coming vessel started in hull production block using the new advanced plasma gas unit installed as part of the expansion of existing capacity of the shipyard’s main shop.
The tanker will have a deadweight of around 50,000 tonnes, length over 180 metres, width over 32 metres and draft of 13 metres. Ice Class 1B vessels can safely navigate all year round, including that in the ice conditions of the Baltic Sea.
The tankers are designed to transport petroleum-based products and gas condensate that will be used for long-term time charter contracts between Sovkomflot Group and Novatek. VEB.RF is providing the project’s funding.
The motor units of the product carrier tankers are to be powered by green gas fuel. This type of fuel can significantly reduce emissions to the environment. Specifications for the vessels have been developed according to new requirements of the International Maritime Organization.
The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is constructed by the Rosneft-led Consortium upon the instruction of President of Russia Vladimir Putin. At the moment, the shipyard’s order portfolio amounts to over 50 vessels. The Shipyard’s pilot throughput is provided for by Rosneft that placed an order for 28 vessels. Zvezda’s product line will include vessels of up to 350,000 tonnes displacement, marine platforms, nuclear icebreakers and ice-class vessels, large-capacity vessels for cargo transportation, including gas carriers, specialty vessels, and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and purposes, including the equipment that had not previously produced in Russia due to the lack of required launching and hydraulic structures.