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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.

Zvezda SSK became the only Russian shipyard, that got a worldwide license for construction of LNG carriers with membrane storage system. Shipbuilding Complex signed license agreement about technical assistance and licensing (TALA) with French Engineering Company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), specializing in development and building licensing cryogen membrane system for transportation and storage of LNG. Development type of LNG-tank was made up on Zvezda in the framework of preparatory work to construction of LNG carriers. The object was executed at the stated time in line with all design rules, that agreed the high skills of engineering staff of Zvezda SSK.

The construction of LNG carriers is one of the most technologically-difficult procedures in the world’s shipbuilding. Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has unique equipment for Russian shipyards, as well as advanced world-class technology, which provides for the implementation of such projects. The beginning of production of vessels of this class at Russian shipyards is unique event and one of the priority area of production program of Zvezda shipyard.

The first gas-carriers will be built on Zvezda shipyard on behalf of PJSC “Novatec” for Arctic LNG-2 Project. VEB.RF will accord funding for construction of new vessels. Zvezda SSK and a VEB Group Company concluded the Contracts for construction of five Arc7 LNG carriers for transportation of liquefied gas. These are the first vessels in the series of 15 units planned to be placed on Zvezda SSK. At present design documentation is being developed, the beginning of the construction of the first LNG carrier is planned for the end of 2020.

The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is constructed by the Rosneft-led Consortium upon the instruction of President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The Shipyard’s order portfolio amounts to 39 vessels (59 vessels including options) at the moment. 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 tonnes displacement, components of marine platforms, ice-class vessels, commercial vessels for cargo transportation, specialty vessels, and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and purposes, including those that had not previously been produced in Russia due to the lack of required launching and hydraulic structures.

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The vessel’s design allows it ramming ice up to 2.1 m thick. Power package capacity of the gas carrier is 45 MW, which is comparable to the power of a nuclear icebreaker.

The length of the vessel is 300m, the beam is 48,8m, cargo gross tonnage of LNG tanks is 172,600 m3. These tankers are distinguished by increased environmental safety; in particular, they are mainly powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

For the first time ever the construction of vessel of this class will be carried at a Russian shipyard. It should be noted that the Russian Federation had not been making such vessels, and for many years they had been ordered abroad.

The first gas-burning Aframax tanker has been launched from slipway in May, 2020.

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The first Russian Aframax-type tanker, «Vladimir Monomakh», which was launched from «SSK «Zvezda» slipway on 12th May, is ready to start sea trials. These include checking the reliability and power plants operation, navigation equipment and system of marine equipment, as well as handling, floating stability and other functions.

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More than 300 tons of high environmentally fuel of DMF type were delivered to «Vladimir Monomakh» tanker for running and mooring tests. Its sulfur content doesn`t exceed 0.5%, which fully meets the requirements of the International Convention for the prevention of pollution from vessels (MARPOL). The fuel was produced at Komsomolsk oil refinery of «Rosneft». Vessel bunkering of the same class was performed by «Rosneft Bunker» for the first time. The process of tanker refilling was carried out in compliance with all rules of marine and environmental safety.

«Vladimir Monomakh» is a new generation tanker, which is designed to transport oil in unlimited region of navigation. The vessel is designed with compliance of high ecological safety standards. The main and auxiliary power plants can operate on both traditional and pollution-safe fuel – liquid natural gas, which meets the new world ecological standards. Aframax-type tanker is called «green» for high level of safety.

The vessel length is 250 meters, the width is 44 meters, the deadweight is 114 thousand tons, the speed is 14,6 knots, the ice class – ICE-1A. Totally, order portfolio of «SSK «Zvezda» has 12 Aframax-type tankers. Nowadays, 4 vessels of them are under construction at the shipyard.

The floating structure, length 114 meters and height 12 meters, will insulate the dock section, the floor of which is located lower than water level, from water area.

Made of high-yield-stress ship steel the hull of caisson has blind waterproof jacket and divided into air, ballast and open compartments by deckforms and bulkheads. Ballast arrangement, dehumidifying systems, ventilation system, valves of flooding of dry dock, and also local fire fighting system and fire alarm system are included as a compound of floating caisson. The operation of floating caisson is performed from central panel and local station. One more feature is availability of separate carriageways on deck of floating caisson.

Professionals of shipyard executed the flooding of dry dock before installation of floating bulkhead. Demolition work of fencing gates, dike dam of dry dock, and also bottom dredging to adjacent to dock gate of water area were performed.

Dry dock is one of the largest hydraulic engineering installation in the world (dimensional specifications 485m by 114m by 14m) and key aspect of the second phase of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. Dry dock allows to construct the majority types of current and advanced vessels almost without limitation of tonnage and launching weight of hulls. The unique gantry crane “Goliath” lifting capacity 1,200t was installed on the dry dock, pumping equipment unparalleled in Russia was assembled. The dock commissioning is slated to this year.

The construction of the world’s largest icebreaker Rossiya of “Lider” Project will be carried out on Zvezda shipbuilding Complex dry dock. At present the cutting of first units for future atomic vessel is being maintaining in the hull production workshop.

This vessel will be the most powerful of all time of world’s shipbuilding. The most difficult Project from a technical point of view is unparalleled in the world. To provide for all year round convoying of mercantile marine along the Northern Sea Route is its core function. Project “Lider” will become the foundation of Russian icebreaking fleet of new generation. The length of new atomic vessel is 210 meters, beam moulded – 47 meters and draught – 13 meters. Icebreaker “Lider” will be equipped by two atomic reactors “RITM – 400” with four turbine installations and four propelling motors. The total power of icebreaker’s electric power installations will be 120 Mwatt resulting in the vessel to overcome the ice of thickness more than 4 meters with speed of 2 knots. The speed of icebreaker will compose up to 12 knots with the ice thickness of 2 meters.

Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is being created by Consortium headed by PSJC “NK “Rosneft” on behalf of Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. For now, the stock of orders of shipyard is consist of 39 vessels and 59 vessels with account taken of options. Pilot loading of the complex is provided by PJSC "NK “Rosneft", placed the order for 28 vessels on the shipyard. The ships with displacement up to 350,000t, elements of offshore platforms, ice-class vessels, merchant ships for freight hauling, specific vessels and other types of offshore facilities of any complexity, quality and assignment, including equipment which is not available previously on Russia due to lack of needed launching and hydraulic engineering installations will be entered to product range of Zvezda.

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Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex completed true hull forming of the first multifunctional icebreaking supply vessel of ribbed ice-class Icebreaker7. The ship hull to main deck is fabricated on the open final assembly area, and so assembling of large-size equipment is completed.

Nowadays the shipyard has begun the next stage of assembly area construction period to forming upper deck of supply vessel. There were started alignment of main diesel generator of vessel.

It is a launch order from four multifunctional icebreaking supply vessel of ribbed ice-class for JSC «Rosnefteflot», imbed on the assembly area of «SSK «Zvezda» in September of 2017 in the presence of Russian president. The first vessel is planned to be launched before year-end.

The multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels of ice-class under construction are projected for broad geography of floating and designed for cargo delivery on the offshore drilling platforms, icebreaker support, towing of vessels and offshore facility.

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Keel laying ceremony of Aframax tanker was carried out at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. The vessel was named after the first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

During the official ceremony Sergei Tseluiko , Managing Director of Zvezda SSK, and Oleg Kozhemyako , governor of Primorsky Krai, attached memorable inset nameplate to the keel section of the future tanker.

There are in total12 Aframax type tankers in Zvezda SSK portfolio. At the moment 5 tankers are under construction at the shipyard. The first-in-class vessel was launched in May 2020 and is undergoing mooring trials now.

Aframax tankers with the 114 000 tons deadweight, 250 m length, 44 m beam moulded will be the first vessels of such type built in Russia. They are equipped with the most advanced automation system of class A. “Green” Aframax tankers are designed for crude oil transportation in the unrestricted navigation area due to the power plants that can operate pollution-free fuel- liquified natural gas in accordance with high ecological standards.

Cutting-edge equipment of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex allows to build these technologically complcated large-range vessels. High-precision methods of steel marking, welding and cutting, including laser technologies and 3 D modelling are applied at Zvezda.

Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is being created by the group of companies headed by PJSC NK Rosneft under the authority of the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. At the moment shipyard portfolio comprises 39 vessel and 59 vessels including optional ones. The anchor customer is Rosneft company that has placed an order for construction of 28 vessels at the shipyard. Zvezda portfolio will include vessels with the deadweight of up to 350 000 t, components of offshore platforms, ice class vessels, commercial vessels for cargo transportation, special vessels and other types of marine facilities of any complexity, characteristics and purpose including facilities that have never been fabricated in Russia before due to the absence of the required launching and hudraulic facilities.

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Today there is the 80th anniversary of the president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev who has made a great contribution to the development of friendly cooperative relations between Russia and Kazakhstan.

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Installing unique pumping equipment for under construction dry dock was begun on “Zvezda” shipyard. Four pumping facilities with working capacity 4800kWh will be able to pump about 600,000 m3 of marine water in recordingly short time, not more than 8 hours. This pumping equipment is the most powerful equipment, that will be sited on Russian shipyards. The dry dock is the main object of the second construction phase of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, will be put in commission earlier the scheduled date. This dry dock is one of the largest hydraulic engineering installation in the world (dimensional specifications 485m by 114m by 14m). The new equipment will be installed in the main pumping station of the dry dock, which include dehumidifying systems of dock and suppling ballast water as well as drain and showery systems. Rigging-up of all pumps is planned to finish by the end of July, 2020 and in August the main pumping station will already be able to drain the dry dock in a routine mode.  

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Dry dock is key aspect of the second phase of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. Hydrotechnical object will allow to construct the majority types of current and advanced vessels almost without limitation of tonnage and launching weight of hulls, including the most powerful Atomic Icebreaker “Lider”. The dock commissioning is slated to 2020. At the moment, the stripping of dry dock is fully completed, concreting of main structure, walls and floor, is coming up for conclusion. Pumping and hoisting equipment including gantry crane “Goliath” lifting capacity 1,200t was supplied. Floating caisson (watertight closure), floating structure with dimensions of 114 by 12 meters, was supplied for the dry dock in April, 2020. The installation of floating caisson is planned for July. Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is being created by Consortium headed by PSJC “NK “Rosneft” on behalf of Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. For now, the stock of orders of shipyard is consist of 39 vessels and 59 vessels with account taken of options. Pilot loading of the complex is provided by PJSC "NK “Rosneft", placed the order for 28 vessels on the shipyard. The ships with displacement up to 350,000t, elements of offshore platforms, ice-class vessels, merchant ships for freight hauling, specific vessels and other types of offshore facilities of any complexity, quality and assignment, including equipment which is not available previously on Russia due to lack of needed launching and hydraulic engineering installations will be entered to product range of Zvezda.

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Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex started construction the tanker Aframax for PJSC Sovcomflot. The ceremony of the first metal cutting for units of the prospective vessel was in hull production workshop. The cutting is realizing on the high-technology gas-plasma working machine. This is the 6th tanker, which will be gone on the shipyard. In total, there is a series of 12 tankers of the Aframax type in the order book of the Zvezda complex. At the moment, 4 of them are under construction at the shipyard. The flagman ship of the series was launched in May 2020 and is undergoing mooring tests.

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Agreement for construction of two crude oil-tankers with their subsequent long-term chartering was concluded by and between PJSC “NK “Rosneft”, Zvezda SSK, LLC, Arctic Leasing, LLC (a VEB-Leasing Group Company) and SKF ECO LLC (a Sovkomflot Group Company) in September, 2018 in the framework of Eastern Economic Forum IV. Schedule date of handing over the first tanker to customer is 2022.

Zvezda is outfitted by high-tech machining technique, allowing to produce these technologically-difficult large-range vessels. High-precision methods of marking out, welding and metal cutting, including laser, and also 3D-model operation are applied on the most advanced shipyard in Russia.

With the dimensions of 250 m length, 44 m width, and 114 000 tonnes deadweight, Aframax tankers will be the 1st vessels of this type built in Russia. Equipped with the most advanced Class A automation system, green Aframax tankers are designed to transport crude oil in an unlimited navigation area thanks to the propulsion machinery that can run on LNG in accordance with high environmental standards.

Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex starts construction of the lead nuclear icebreaker «Leader». The cutting of the first parts for future vessel hull was spent in the shipbuilding hull structure fabrication shop. The name «Rossiya» was assigned to flagship icebreaker.

The vessel will become the most powerful nuclear vessel in the history of world shipbuilding. This hardest project, according to technical point of view, has no analogues in the world. Its key task is to provide year-round navigation of the commercial fleet along the Northern Sea Route. The project «Leader» will become the base of Russian next generation icebreaking fleet.

The construction contract of the icebreaker was signed between «SSK «Zvezda» and FSUE «Atomflot» on April 23, 2020. The contracting authority of icebreaker is public corporation «Rosatom». Zvezda shipbuilding complex was chosen by single contractor of this contract according to solution of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The final construction stage of icebreaker is scheduled for 2027.

The development of design and operational documents within the framework of the zero stage of construction is carried out by CDB «Iceberg». The corresponding contract was signed with «SSK «Zvezda» in 2019.

The length of the new nuclear vessel will be 210 meters, width – 47 meters, draft –

13 meters. The icebreaker «Rossiya» will be equipped with 2 RITM-400 nuclear reactors, 4 turbines and 4 propeller motors. The total capacity of the icebreaker power plants will be 120 MW, which will allow the vessel to overcome ice thickness more than 4 meters at a speed of 2 knots. With an ice thickness of 2 meters, icebreaker speed will be up to 12 knots.

The nuclear vessel can lay a channel about 55 meters wide, which will provide the possibility of economical year-round navigation of large –tonnage transport vessels (from 50 thousand tons), as well as gas-class vessels Arc7 with a hull width of 50 meters along Northern Sea Route (NSR). Nuclear icebreakers with maximum power up to 60 MW will provide the pilotage of transport vessels along NSR prior to the commissioning of «Leader» icebreaker.

The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is being created by the Consortium headed by PJSC «NK «Rosneft» on behalf of Russian president V.V. Putin. Nowadays shipyard portfolio of orders has 39 vessels, including options – 59 vessels. The company «Rosneft» provides the pilot loading to the complex, which has placed an order for 28 vessels at the shipyard. «SSK «Zvezda» product line will include vessels with a displacement of up to 350 thousand tons, elements of offshore platforms, ice-class vessels, commercial vessels for transporting goods, special ships and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and purposes, including equipment, which wasn`t produced previously in Russia because of the lack of necessary launching and hydraulic structures.    

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The building of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is being carried out in 2 stages. Objects of the first extended stage were put into operation: hull structure fabrication shop, paint shops, open final assembly area with unique cranes and advanced ship-transport system, transport and transfer dock.

The built workshops made it possible to start building a number of vessels without waiting for the construction completion of the second stage. Commissioning of the second stage will expand the shipyard capabilities and allow «SSK «Zvezda» to build vessels and marine equipment without any restrictions. The second stage consists of: dry dock and additional full-cycle production facilities for the construction of large-capacity vessels and marine equipment. The shipyard is fully ready in 2024.

The «SSK «Zvezda» product line has tankers, carriers, drilling platforms, ice-class vessels, including the most powerful nuclear icebreakers «Leader» in the world. Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex will compete with foreign shipyards and provide Russia with a civil fleet for the development of offshore fields and undisturbed operation of NSR, which is shortest between Europe and Asia. There were installed 4 portal cranes with a hoisting capacity 100 tons, 2 gantry cranes with a hoisting capacity 320 tons and «Goliath» crane with a hoisting capacity 1200 tons, which has no analogues on Russian shipyards. For comparison maximum carrying of cranes, which works on other Russian shipyards is 500 tons.

Sophisticated transport and transfer dock «Wimpel» is the most important shipyard element. It allows to carry out production vessel orders, which couldn`t be built at Russian shipyards. The floating dock is self-supporting and allows to do longitudinal rolling of vessel from 3 different shipyard slipway lines and transverse rolling of offshore facilities.    

The transport and transfer floating dock is designed for launching large-capacity vessels with a length of 300 meters and a width of more than 50 meters, as well as marine equipment, in particular, drilling platforms and their elements, and provides high quality and safety of descent.

Floating transfer dock is designed for launching large-capacity vessels with a length of 300 meters and a width of more than 50 meters, as well as marine equipment, in particular, drilling platforms and their elements, and provides high quality and safety of launching.

Nowadays 3,5 thousand employees work at the yard location, 87% of these - citizens of Primorsky region. To the end of building all objects, to 2024, the number of employees will be more than 7 thousand people. Active work is being done to attract and retraining the staff, development social infrastructure in Bolshoy Kamen and building new apartments for shipyard employees. Ten houses have already been inhabited, active building is being done at six city microdisrtricts. There is a plan to build 5 thousand flats to 2023, for total providing employees by apartments.  

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The unique pump installation was supplied for dry dock under construction to Zvezda shipyard. Four pump sets with a capacity of 4800kW can pump off about 600 thousand cub.m. of sea water no longer than per 8 hours. This pump installation is the most productive, and will be sited on Russian shipyards.

Dry dock, is the main object of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex the second stage, is planned to commission three years early deadline, in 2020 year. It is one of the largest hydraulic engineering installations in the world (dimensioning specifications 485m х 114 m х 14 m). At present time the works in concrete pouring of walls and service passageways, dumping artificial land parcel, constructing outfitting and auxiliary shops, and also cargo and outfitting quays, warehouses are running.

Caisson, floating bulkhead, is being built for shutdown of the dock. In addition to, commissioning works are finishing on of 1200t Goliath crane, which was set up on the dock adjacent area.

Technical parameters of the dry dock will allow to build the most existent and prospective types of vessels without tonnage limitation and launching weight of hulls such as atomic icebreaker “Leader”, the most powerful icebreaker in the world.

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