Keel laying ceremony of the third Aframax type tanker was held at “Zvezda” Shipbuilding Complex.
Initial construction stages are steel cutting and keel laying, but it is keel laying that is considered by the shipbuilders to be the start of the vessel construction.
Aframax type tanker with the deadweight of 114 000 tones is the third out of 10 modern large-range vessels designed for crude oil and oil products transportation ordered by Rosnefteflot, JSC. They will be the first vessels of such type built in Russia in compliance with high ecological standards. Main and auxiliary power plants will operate on the ecologically clean fuel- liquefied natural gas. Length of the future tanker will be 250 m, breadth - 44 m.
Keel laying ceremony was held on the open final assembly area of Zvezda shipyard. It was attended by the Representatives of Rosnefteflot JSC, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, staff members of Shipbuilding Complex
According to the managing director of Zvezda SSK, LLC Sergei Tseluiko, “ All vessels will be built and delivered to the customers within the established time frames, works will be performed at highly professional level”.
Chief engineer of Rosnefteflot JSC Alexander Kovalenko noticed that at the moment shipyard is operating in a unique mode, despite the fact that complex is under construction , its specialists have already started vessels construction.
“New hulls are being built, new equipment is being delivered – everything that the complex could fabricate products awaited by the whole country. Due to Zvezda shipyard shipbuilding industry will be brought to an absolutely new level”, Alexander Kovalenko noted.. Sergei Tseluiko and Alexander Kovalenko screwed the keel laying name plate to the bottom section of the vessel, after which Acts on keel laying were signed , marking the start of a new Aframax type tanker construction.