The first detail for Aframax tanker
December 25, 2017 Officially
The first steel cutting for the first-in-class Aframax tanker was held at the Shipbuilding Complex “Zvezda” on December 8, 2017. The event took place in the hull production shop in the presence of important visitors and the SSC employers.
Aframax oil tankers will become the first orders of a new shipyard for large range vessel construction. The future tankers are unique vessels. They are designed for unrestricted navigation area and designed for transportation of crude oil and oil products. The Aframax tankers are designed in compliance with high standards of environmental safety and can run on both traditional fuels and clean fuel – liquefied natural gas. The length of the tanker, construction of which officially started on December 8, will be 250 m, the beam - 44 m, deadweight - 114 kt. A helideck is provided for on the vessel.
The honorary guests on the ceremony were Andrey Shishkin, Vice-President for energetics, localization and innovations, PJSC “NK “Rosneft”, Konstantin Laptev, Head of the Machinery and Technologies Localization Department, PJSC “NK “Rosneft”, Oleg Tereshenko, Managing Director, JSC “Rosnefteflot” and Pavel Shihov, Director, Far Eastern Branch of the FAO “Russian Marine Register of Shipping”.
Spectators of the ceremonial moment also were the representatives of the partner companies, in particular, the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center, city administration of Bolshoy Kamen and, of course, SSC “Zvezda” personnel, which is expected to make the history by joint efforts further that is to take part in construction of the vessels.
In his welcoming speech Andrey Shishkin noticed that the way which Zvezda had made in two years –from the moment of outfitting the hull production shop and till the beginning of construction of the unique vessels that will carry oil and gas of “Rosneft” company. He congratulated the enterprise employees with the beginning of steel cutting for the first modern tanker, running on natural gas motor fuel, which will be fabricated in Russia.
–Zvezda has an objective set by the state, that is to bring Russian shipbuilding to a new level, - Sergey Tseluiko, the Managing Director of the Shipbuilding Complex addressed to the audience. "The largest and the most modern vessels shall be built at our facilities, the first of which will be the Aframax tanker." And the SSC team has a lot of work to do: from steel cutting to the vessel launch. In order to fulfill these tasks, “Zvezda” has all the conditions: the most advanced equipment, and most significantly, smart and skillful specialists. Way to go!
And now the main process has been launched: in front of the audience, the ultramodern highly dynamic gas-plasma cutting machine "Omnimat 8000" in a few minutes draws from a 13 mm thick steel sheet the image of the future detail with millimeter precision.
The act of the beginning of steel cutting for the lead "Aframax" tanker was signed by Andrey Shishkin, Sergey Tseluiko and Oleg Tereshchenko. Witnesses of this important event were given memorable souvenirs - tanker silhouettes cut out by SSC "Zvezda" workers with the same machine as the first detail of the future vessel was made.
After the ceremony, the guests saw other equipment of the hull production shop operating, in particular, hydraulic press for steel plate bending, butt welding portal for plates, portal cutting and marking machine SicoMat, portals for assembling and welding the main framing, turn-over unit of plates. The machines will process details of the future tanker.
Ekaterina Shuvalova, Marina Novoselova.
First steel cutting ceremony for the second Aframax tanker, 114,000t dwt took place at Zvezda shipyard on the 15th of November.
The ceremony was attended by Rosneft Oil Company CEO Igor Sechin and Acting Governor of Primorsky Region Oleg Kozhemyako.
The ceremony signaled the beginning of serial production at Zvezda shipyard of modern heavy-tonnage vessels for crude oil and oil products transportation. Aframax tankers will be the first vessels of such type built in the Russian Federation. Launching of the lead tanker is scheduled for 2020.
The keel-laying of the lead vessel was held in the outfitting slipway on September 11, 2018, during a visit of Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation to Zvezda shipyard.
The first steel plates were cut with highly accurate plasma gas cutting machine. The most advanced shipyard in Russia is equipped with high-tech machines and equipment using highly accurate methods of steel marking, welding and cutting, including laser ones. While vessel constructing inspection technologies are used based on noncontact measurements and 3D modeling, along with modern technologies that ensure control of operations at all stages, from documentation development to vessel delivery.
Within the framework of the visit to the shipyard, Igor Sechin and Oleg Kozhemyako watched the operation of equipment in the hull production shop, observed the outfitting slipway, construction sites of the dry dock and Sapphire Azipod Plant. The Company Managing Director and the regional Governor gave special attention to the construction objects of residential districts for the shipyard personnel.
As Igor Sechin said, the start of production of the Aframax vessels is essential to the whole country.
The construction of a modern shipyard of heavy-range shipbuilding is carried out on the basis of the President's instructions. The project involves the construction of production facilities of Zvezda shipbuilding complex, supporting utility infrastructure and housing for employees. The first part of the shipyard's production facilities was commissioned in 2016-2017. The largest dry dock in Russia is being built a year ahead of the schedule. “Having signed contracts for the construction of 25 vessels, Rosneft provided pilot production program for the new shipbuilding complex," - Igor Sechin said.
The chief Executive officer also pointed out that the startup of Aframax vessel production indicates not only the growth of technological, production, personnel potential of the shipbuilding industry, but it is also a matter of national security and independence.
The acting Governor of Primorsky Region Oleg Kozhemyako said that today's event is of great importance for Primorye: just three years after the project kick-off at Zvezda shipbuilding complex, they have already started serial production of the Aframax tankers.
"This is a new era in shipbuilding industry. No one have built such vessels in Russia. And, I am sure that shipbuilders will get all the plans and schedules done, they will deliver the first vessel in time. Further, there will be new orders that will ensure revenues to the regional budget, create new jobs. Currently we see the real work of Zvezda shipyard and Rosneft, making it possible to deal with the instructions of the Russian Federation President ", - noticed Kozhemyako.
Rosneft, Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, VEB Leasing and Sovkomflot signed agreements for construction of two Aframax type tankers with their subsequent chartering.
Rosnefteflot is a specialized 100% Subsidiary of Rosneft that implements marine logistics projects, works on behalf of Rosneft to ensure marine charters, port support, implementation of ship building projects and management of the marine and inland fleet.
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PJSC “NK “Rosneft”
At the end of the last year first group of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (SC) trainees returned from the training in South Korea. 25 employees of Shipbuilding complex have gained a unique experience during this training- they have got acquainted with the work of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, one of the world’s leading shipyards.
Both young specialists of Zvezda SC and more experienced ones went to Korea to get a training-foremen, engineers from work preparation department of the hull production shop, production engineers from the Design and Production preparation department, specialists of the Complex Process Equipment ,Planning and Dispatch, IT departments. Specialists have spent almost 2 months in South Korea- from 7 November till 25 December. Yaroslav Boiko, team leader, Deputy Head of Planning and Dispatch department, told that many trainees were impressed by DSME shipyard, its scale and sizes. Approximately 30 thousand people work at the shipyard. It takes almost 2 hours to go from one end to the other. Our compatriots were accommodated in DSME dormitory, one comfortable single room for one person. First, there was theoretical part which lasted within 4 weeks. In the course of the training specialists were given both general knowledge on design and technologies applied when building vessels at DSME shipyard, and highly specialized disciplines. “We were given lectures in vessels design, mechanic and hull outfitting, technological aspects of the vessel construction,” Yaroslav Boiko said. “Of course, first part of lectures in design does not fully correspond to our company activities. Nevertheless,
many young specialists found this information very useful. For the next groups to be trained at DSME yard, we recommended to substitute lectures in design with lectures in the vessel construction technology we are interested in, including pipe and electric outfitting assembly technologies, equipment installation, outfitting work”. Having finished theoretical part, our specialists came to practice. For this purpose, mentor was appointed for each participant of the group in accordance with his specialization.
In accordance with the elaborated program, mentor introduced specialists to the production aspects. Practical knowledge received at the yard was extremely useful for our compatriots. DSME is in the top three yards in the world, modern equipment is installed there, but above all- technological process is well established, three most important for every commercial shipyard tasks are fulfilled, as follows: orders are executed within the schedule, budget with an appropriate quality.
“Our impression on the practice at DSME yard is really inexpressible – within two months there were performed works on sections/blocks building, hull assembly and outfitting installation in the scope which is comparable with the annual throughput of the majority of Russian shipyards. We did our best to master already fulfilled DSME construction technologies, found out how to execute planning activities and production resources accounting, deal with technical documentation. Due to process automation, many problems and tasks are solved much faster than at our yard. But work in this direction is being performed: ERP system (Enterprise resource planning) will be implemented at Zvezda SC this year. Automated complex is designed for planning activities, labour, material and other resources accounting. It is supposed to be used by the whole administrative, technical and managerial staff of the yard. Despite practice at DSME yard, within the training specialists visited production facilities of the other shipbuilding industry enterprises, such as Anjung LNG box plant, Doosan Engine, Samwoo Heavy Industries (vessel units fabrication), Posco Gwangyang Steelworks. During the visit, our specialists got acquainted with the process of allied enterprises involvement during vessels construction in DSME, organization of the logistics and interyard cooperation. Special attention was paid to the cultural programme. Two cultural tours were organized for our delegation during 2 months stay in Korea.
Russians visited pagodas, 1953 Korean war memorial, “Windy Hill”. Group members note that Koreans are workaholics to their fingertips. They are very responsible, disciplined, result-oriented and don’t waste working time. Such behavior results from Korean mentality and corporate culture encouraging targets performance. Visit was concluded by an official graduation ceremony during which our specialists demonstrated projects with the improvements, received in the course of the training, that can be implemented at Zvezda SC. Projects defense took place in the presence of colleagues, mentors and managers of DSME yard. Upon the results of the presentation, trainees received certificates of successful completion of «Onjob-training» on the theme “Advanced shipbuilding technologies applied at DSME yard.” Hyun Gyn Park, DSME vice president, head of Shipbuilding marketing and production management, summed up the training : “We, DSME employees, hope that knowledge received in the course of DSME training will help to turn Zvezda SC into a successful enterprise, pioneer of the Russian civil shipbuilding. During classwork and on-the-job training, we were impressed by the trainees enthusiasm, their desire for knowledge made us be sure that these young employees will secure a promising future to Zvezda SC”.
Mr Park expressed hope for the future fruitful cooperation and mentioned that they were waiting for a new group of specialists from Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. Yaroslav Boiko ,team leader, also underlined the importance of the training for Zvezda SC employees. He noted that this training was very useful for all group members- both young and experienced ones. On the example of the successful enterprise, leader of the shipbuilding market, they became familiar with the organization of the administrative, production and technological processes and wanted to implement these processes at our yard. According to Alexander Polkovnikov, head of the training department at Zvezda SC, a new group of specialists will start trip to Korea already in March 2018. 25 employees will get an opportunity to take a fresh look at the vessels construction process and gain DSME experience according to an updated and modified training programme.
On 24th of July a floating transfer dock with a lifting capacity of 40,000 tonnes has been delivered and moored to the berth of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex.
The dock was built by Chinese BSIC under the order of the Russian shipyard.
As of today, Zvezda's portfolio amounts to over 25 contracts for construction of Aframax tankers, Arctic shuttles, supply vessels, and a shallow-draft icebreaker.
Zvezda and Samsung Heavy Industries create a joint venture for construction of Arctic shuttle tankers.
Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (The Republic of Korea) signed the Term Sheet for creating a joint venture (JV) to manage projects for construction of Arctic shuttle tankers ranging from 42,000 to 120,000 dwt
Under the Agreement terms, the JV shall be established by the end of the year. The Agreement was signed by Jinhan Bae, Executive Vice President, Samsung Heavy Industries and S.Tseluyko, Managing Director, Zvezda SBC Ltd.
The agreement terms include exchange of experience in designing and construction of shuttle tankers. Samsung Heavy Industries will provide technical specifications as well as the basic and detailed design of the vessels to Zvezda and will assist with development of detailed engineering drawings jointly with Lazurit Central Design Bureau.
In addition, Korean shipbuilder will also provide technical support for planning, project management and quality assurance during construction and assembly, procurement of materials and equipment and ensure the engineering support of construction of shuttle tankers at Zvezda.
Samsung will also train the Russian personnel at their shipyard and organize intership programmes at similar projects.
SHI has extensive experience and high qualification in the design and construction of Arctic shuttle tankers. It makes "big three" Korean shipbuilders.Zvezda Shipbuilding complex is being created basing on Zvezda Far Eastern Plant by a consortium headed by Rosneft. The shipbuilding complex design provides for the construction of an outfitting berth, a dry dock, full-cycle production shops, and shops for the construction of offshore marine facilities.
Zvezda Shipbuilding complex will produce large-sized vessels, offshore platform elements, ice-class vessels, special vessels, and other marine facilities.
Rosneft entered into an exclusive agreement with the Zvezda shipyard to place all its orders for the construction of new marine equipment and vessels, as well as concluded contracts for the design, construction and supply:
–four multifunctional ice-breaking supply vessels;
–ten Aframax tankers;
– ten Arctic shuttle tankers, 42,000 t dwt;– Arctic shuttle tanker, 69,000 t dwt.
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On February 5, a conference hall of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex became a platform for communication of future shipbuilders - students of the profile Rosneft classes of Bolshoy Kamen and St. Petersburg. In the videoconference mode, students who are at a distance of 7 thousand kilometers from each other, compared their knowledge in the business game "Marine business - the choice of stout-hearted men".
The idea to conduct a business game between the students of the Northern capital and the Primorsky Territory belonged to the St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University - one of the leading Russian universities in shipbuilding, with which Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex cooperates in educating of top requested specialists. In the online mode, 23 ninth-graders of Rosneft-class school No. 2 met in the Zvezda conference hall and the team of St. Petersburg high school No. 368 who sat in the assembly hall of SPbSMTU, known as Shipbuilders` University. After the welcoming words of Gleb A. Turichin, SPbGMTU Acting Rector and Boris Kalinin, Zvezda SSC Deputy General Director for Personnel the children received their assignment. In two hours the students had to develop a project of sea shipping of valuable cargo– starting from a decision making to the project implementation. The business task included all aspects of the organization of sea shipping: development of an optimal route, settlement of financial issues, ability to act in conditions of unusual situations, ability to take risks into account, and so on. The students got an assistance from invited advisers, Zvezda had a representative of Marine State University named in honor of adm. G.I. Nevelskoy, the process was monitored and the results were evaluated by the scientific and pedagogical workers of Shipbuilders` University - in St. Petersburg - and Zvezda specialists: Alexander Polkovnikov, head of the training department, Sergey Teploukhov, deputy head of complex production equipment department, Maxim Kirenko, deputy head of FECSS JSC Human resources, as well as Tatiana Churaeva and Sergey Kalashnikov - the head of education and youth policy department and deputy chief production manager of FES Zvezda, JSC. During two hours the students showed good teamwork and developed a detailed project of cargo delivery. Each of the teams showed a purposefulness, creativity and will to win, and, as noted by our observers, the Bolshoy Kamen Rosneftclasses showed a high level of training and in many respects surpassed their rivals. Nevertheless, both projects turned out to be so good that the jury eventually could not single out the winner and divided the first place in the game between the two teams. Thus, in the honest struggle, the friendship of the St. Petersburg students with the Far Eastern won. All participants were awarded memorable gifts from Zvezda SSC, LLC and SPbSMTU. It is to be recalled that Zvezda shipbuilding complex acts as the coordinator of Rosneft-class, which was established in 2017 on the basis of school number 2. The purpose of profile training is to prepare future specialists for our industry. Students receive in-depth knowledge in specialized disciplines (physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science), additional education is organized: university instructors give classes for specialized subjects, special courses, laboratory workshops. Students also are engaged in design and research activities, take part in various competitions, academic competitions and conferences. Since the beginning of the academic school year, the employees of Zvezda SSC conducted several open lessons and meetings at the school, the guys went on a field trip to the shipbuilding complex, in February a sport event was scheduled between the students of Rosneft class and young specialists of the Shipbuilding Complex. In the near future, "Zvezda" plans to send the best students to St. Petersburg to get acquainted with Shipbuilders University.
| Hull assembly of the first multifunctional ice breaker supply vessel has been started on the open land-based assembly area. Keel section was installed on the supporting device of the open land based assembly area. At the moment, works on pipes and outfitting installation, jointing of 6 sections of the vessel are in progress.
Stage of vessel construction on the open land-based assembly area means complex of activities on vessel’s sections installation as per drawings and their preparation for welding.
The first request for the construction of four multifunctional ice breaker supply vessels was submitted by Rosneft acting as the anchor customer. In accordance with the construction schedule, launching of the first multifunctional ice breaker supply vessel is scheduled for 2019.
Multifunctional ice breaker supply vessels are designed for the various areas of navigation. They are intended for the delivery of loads to the offshore drilling platforms, icebreaker support, vessels and offshore facilities towing.
Works on mobile shelters assembly and installation have also been started on the open land-based assembly area of 12 hectares. This will enable continuous process of blocks assembly under unfavorable weather conditions. Mobile shelters are equipped with bogies installed on the crane rails. There will be used an overhead travelling crane with load capacity of 5 tones to perform lifting operations inside shelters.
Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has completed construction of the modern gas-fired boiler house with a capacity up to 150 Gcal/h. First ignition of the hot water boiler has been successfully conducted at the new facility. Therefore, commissioning activities as well as main and auxiliary equipment tests have been started at the gas-fired boiler house.
In order to ensure unique boiler house operation, pipeline gas was supplied for the first time to Bolshoi Kamen on Zvezda SBC request. Beforehand, enterprise was heated by fuel oil.
New gas-fired boiler house was constructed for the uninterrupted heat supply of two major enterprises capital facilities – Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex and Zvezda FES.
Gas-fired boiler house construction was carried out in two stages. First construction stage was completed before the beginning of the heating season in autumn 2017. This ensured provision of hot water and heating to Zvezda SBC Hull fabrication shop and Paint shops. Putting gas-fired boiler house into operation is planned for autumn 2018.
Next step is the creation of the second Zvezda SBC gas-fired boiler that can be used in the future, among other things, for the needs of Bolshoi Kamen facilities.
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PJSC “NK “Rosneft”