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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.

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At Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, the keel laying ceremony of next 114,000 DWT Aframax type tanker was carried out. Steel cutting for 8 tanker began in the shipyard's Hull Fabrication shop in October 2020, and the planned delivery date for the vessel to the Buyer is 2022. 

The vessel is being built by order of Sovcomflot PAO, with following freighting by NK Rosneft PAO. The agreement about the construction of two Aframax type oil tankers was signed in September 2018 within the framework of the IV Eastern Economic Forum. 

During the official ceremony with the participation of the shipyard's management, representatives of the Buyer, partnership organizations and the Company's workforce, Sergey Tseluiko, Managing Director of Zvezda, SSK, and Sergey Tsyba, Supervision team leader of Sovcomflot ECO, attached a memorable inset nameplate to the keel section of the future tanker.

At the moment, 7 Aframax type tankers are being constructed at various stages at the shipyard. The main vessel of the series was delivered to the Buyer at the end of 2020. 

Aframax type tankers are designed for the transportation of crude oil and oil products in an unrestricted navigation area. The tanker length is 250 meters, the width is 44 meters, the deadweight is 114K tons, also aircraft platform is on the vessel. The power plants of Aframax type tankers can operate on liquefied natural gas in accordance with high environmental standards and the new regulations to emission limitation of sulfur oxides and greenhouse gases in the region of Baltic and North seas.

At Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, the next «Green» Aframax type tanker with a deadweight of 114K tons was laid, which the shipyard is building for Rosnefteflot. This is the seventh vessel in a series of 12 tankers in the orders’ portfolio of Zvezda, SSK.

The contract for the construction of the tanker was signed by Zvezda, SSK in 2017 with State Transport Leasing Company and Rosnefteflot – a specialized subsidiary of Rosneft, implementing projects in the field of marine logistics. Steel cutting for Aframax began in the shipyard's Hull Fabrication shop in February 2020, and the planned delivery date for the vessel to the Buyer is 2022.

During the ceremony with the participation of the shipyard's management, representatives of the Buyer, partnership organizations and the company's workforce, such as Sergey Tseluiko, Managing Director of Zvezda, SSK, and Alexander Kovalenko, Technical Manager of Rosnefteflot, attached a memorable inset nameplate to the keel section of the future tanker. The vessel will be named «Academic Ivanter» - in honor of the outstanding Russian economist-predictionist and academic of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Aframax type tankers are the first vessels of such type to be built in Russia. They are designed for the transportation of crude oil and oil products in an unrestricted navigation area. The vessel is designed in line with high environmental safety standards and in accordance with the new regulations to limit emissions of sulfur oxides and greenhouse gases in the basin of the Baltic and Northern seas: main and auxiliary power plants can operate on environmentally friendly fuel-liquefied natural gas. The tanker length is 250 meters, the width is 44 meters, the deadweight is 114K tons. At the moment, 7 Aframax type tankers are being built at various stages at Zvezda shipyard. The lead vessel of a series, after a successful launch and sea trials was handed over to the Buyer in December 2020.

Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex started the construction of the third natural gas fueled Product carrier tanker of the MR type. Cutting of the first hull’s parts of the future vessel began in the Hull fabrication shop on the new high-technology GP-facility installed as part of the expansion of existing capacities of the main shop of the shipyard.

The DWT of the tanker will be about 50 000 t, the length is over 180 m, the width is over 32 m, the draught - 13 m. 1B ice class vessels can safely perform all-year navigation including in the ice conditions of the Baltic Sea.

The tankers are designed for transfer of oil product and gas-condensate. Also, these tankers will be operated under long-term time-chartering contracts of Sovcomflot with Novatek. The power plants of the Product carrier tankers will operate on environmentally friendly natural-gas-based motor fuel. Such fuel can significantly reduce the amount of emissions into the atmosphere. The technical specifications of the vessels are developed taking into account the new requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is being created by a consortium led by Rosneft at the instruction of the President V.V. Putin. At this moment shipyard portfolio comprises above 50 vessels. 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 hydraulic facilities.

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Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has already put into operation the following facilities: Hull fabrication shop, paint shops, open final assembly area equipped with unique cranes and advanced SPTS (Self-propelled transport system), FTD (floating transfer dock). Built shops give possibilities to start vessels fabrication no waiting for the completion of the shipyard construction.

Putting into operation of the second stage will expand the capabilities of the shipyard and allow Zvezda, SSK to build vessels and marine facilities without any restrictions. The second stage includes: a dry dock and additional full-cycle workshops for the construction of large-capacity vessel and marine facilities.

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The first chemical tanker of MR type has been laid down at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. This is the main vessel in a series of 3 tankers which are already being constructed at Zvezda, SSK under the contract with SCF Atlantic which is subsidiary company of Sovcomflot.

Chemical tankers of MR type are designed for transfer of oil product and gas-condensate. The power plants of the tankers will operate on environmentally friendly LNG, that can significantly reduce volume of emissions into the atmosphere. The DWT of the tanker will be about 50 000 t, the length is over 180 m, the width is over 32 m, the draught -13,4 m. 1B ice class vessels can safely perform all-year navigation including in the ice conditions of the Baltic Sea.

The ceremony of laying down the vessel was held on the open final assembly area of Zvezda, SSK. Sergey Tseluiko, Managing Director of Zvezda, SSK, and Sergey Tsyba, Supervision team leader of Sovcomflot ECO attached a memorable inset nameplate to the aft section in the presence of the shipyard's management, representatives of the Buyer and partnership organizations.  The vessel was named «Ivan Aivazovsky» in honor of the world-famous marine painter.

A batch of crane equipment for hydraulic structures has been delivered to the Zvezda, SSK. Three units of tower cranes arrived at the shipyard by sea.

Two portal cranes of tower type with Luffing JIB with a lifting capacity of 50/10 tons will be installed in the deep-water jetty, one portal crane of tower type with straight fixed JIB with a lifting capacity of 70 tons at the outfitting quay No.1.

The new cranes are part of the technological equipment of hydraulic structures and will be used for installation and outfitting-delivery works on the vessels of the production program of the Zvezda, SSK.

Zvezda, SSK has a unique fleet of crane equipment of various lifting capacity and assignation, including two cranes of the Goliath type with a lifting capacity of 1200 tons each, equipped with an automated intelligent control system.

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Another large batch of crane equipment with a lifting capacity of 32 to 60 tons for the shipyard's hydraulic structures has been delivered to the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex - three portal-mounting cranes and a Rail Mounted Gantry.

After unloading of the equipment, its installation and commissioning will begin. The most powerful item was a Rail Mounted Gantry with a lifting capacity of 60 tons, equipped with magnetic traverse. It, as well as a portal gantry crane with a lifting capacity of 50 tons, will be placed on the cargo quay of the shipyard for acceptance of heavy cargo arriving by sea.

The installation of another two from the newly arrived portal-mounting cranes with a lifting capacity of 50 and 32 tons will allow finishing the completion of crane equipment for the outfitting quay and shallow-water quay. The cranes are designed for execution of outfitting work on vessels and will carry out unloading of materials, which are necessary for the production activities of the shipyard.

Zvezda, SSK has a unique fleet of crane equipment of various lifting capacity and assignation, including two Gantry cranes of the Goliath type with a lifting capacity of 1200 tons each, equipped with an automated intelligent control system.

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In range of construction stage 2, self-propelled transportation system with a lifting capacity of 3300 tons has been delivered to the Zvezda, SSK. This equipment is designed for transfer between shops and areas of Zvezda, SSK of large-size sections and vessels’ blocks in the process of their construction.

New self-propelled transportation system consists of 16 modules and 4 power blocks. Depending on the weight and the measure, modules joint with each other in different configuration. In such a case, the maximum weight of transporting freight is 3000 tons and it is the weight of outfitting by equipment of megablocks, from which the hulls of large-size vessels are formed. In particular, self-propelled transportation system can move the ring block of Aframax type tanker with weighting 2300 tons and measuring 46x23x21 meters, or the bottom section of LNG carrier with weighting 2936 tons and measuring 50x50x32 meters. As a comparison, before that, the operations for moving of large-size sections were produced by conveyors with ultimate carrying capacity of 1300 tons, and the maximum weight of the block which can lift the biggest Goliath crane at the shipyard is 1200 tons. Moreover, the transportation of freight can be remotely operated by one operator of self-propelled transportation system, using the control console.

In addition to the unique capacity, the equipment has high maneuvering ability, specifically 7 modes of motion both on the place with full freight and in the process of transportation of the freight by changing of steering programs. Also, self-propelled transportation system can overcome different obstacles with a slope at full load no less than 6%, in consequence of positioning control of work platform in the horizon - when moving on an uneven surface, through obstacles such as rails and hydraulic balance of the load on the axis for equal distribution of the load from freight to the ground.  Turning angle of every axis of wheel is also non-standard – from 0 to 130 degrees in the mode of diagonal and diagonal-transverse pace, which allows self-propelled transportation system to maneuver as much as possible in difficult and cramped conditions of the shipyard, making longitudinal, transverse, diagonal, diagonal-transverse and circular taxiing with all wheels. Besides, there is a slow motion mode for ease of positioning of the freight.

Self-propelled transportation system of new-generation will service both the functional objects of the shipyard, transporting sections and blocks of vessels from the shops to the final outfitting slipway as well as areas of dry dock which were constructed with advance of schedule and will start the production activity in this year.

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Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex started the construction of the second ARC7 LNG carrier. The first detail of the prospective vessel was scrieved on the high-technology plasma working machine in the Hull structures fabrication shop. The ship-building of this type at Russian shipyards is unique event and one of the priority area of production programme of Zvezda shipyard.

LNG carriers are built for Arctic LNG2 Project on behalf of PAO NOVATEK. The construction project of new vessels is financed by VEB.RF. Zvezda SSK and VEB.RF Groups of Companies concluded the Contracts for construction of 15 LNG carriers for transportation of liquefied gas in difficult sea conditions of Northern Sea Route. The vessels will be operated under long-term time charter contracts of PAO Sovcomflot (for a pilot vessel) and LLC “SMART LNG” (an affiliated undertaking of Group of companies of Sovcomflot and NOVATEK, for the rest of 14 vessels of the series) with LLC “Arctic LNG 2” (an affiliated undertaking of PAO NOVATEK).

LNG carriers are built for the first time ever in Russian Federation. For many years, they were ordered exclusively abroad. The construction of LNG carriers is one of the most technologically-difficult operations in the world shipbuilding. Zvezda SSK is in possession of equipment, unique for Russian shipyards and world class advanced technologies, which allow to realize such projects.

ARC7 LNG carries are submitted for transportation of liquefied natural gas and are able to operate in stern climatic conditions. The length of the vessel is 300 m, beam moulded is 48,8 m, cargo tank capacity is 172 600 m3. These vessels are notable for higher international environmental safety as they make use of liquefied natural gas in the capacity of fuels.

The vessel design of LNG carrier independently allows to negotiate ice over 2 m thick. The capability of power installation of the gas carrier is 45 MW. The vessel is equipped with three unique rudder propellers, the production of which is situated in Bolshoy Kamen at VRK Sapphire Plant - a joint venture of NK Rosneft and GE.

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The first multifunctional supply vessel Ice breaker 7 – «Кaterina Velikaya» was launched from the slipway at  Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex.

This is the lead vessel of a series of four vessels for Rosneft. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin took part in its keel laying on the slipway. 

In parallel, three other vessels of the series are under construction at the shipyard. 

The launch from the slipway marked the completion of the slipway stage of construction: assembly of the vessel's hull and outfitting with systems and mechanisms. One of the final operations of the stage was the installation of azimuth thrusters – a key element of the vessel's electric propulsion system, which ensures its high running and maneuvering qualities. Two high ice - class columns with a capacity of 7.5 MW were installed on the IBSV. The weight of each high ice-class column – 130 tons, the height- 6 m, the length - 10 meters.  These azimuth thrusters will allow the vessel to overcome the Arctic ice with thickness of more than 1.5 m. 

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The production of azimuth thrusters is localized in Bolshoi Kamen at the joint venture of Rosneft and GE company - LLC «Manufacturing Plant of VRK «Sapphire». 

The solemn launching ceremony was held on the open final assembly area of Zvezda, SSK with the participation of the management and the staff of the shipyard, representatives of the buyer, the government of Primorsky Krai and the town of Bolshoi Kamen, partnership organizations. 

In the future, the vessel will be towed to the outfitting quay, where the IBSV will have to pass the mooring stage of testing: works on checking and adjusting  the systems and the vessel’s equipment for its intended purpose for further preparation for sea trials. 

The multifunctional Ice breaker supply vessels are outfitted with lots of equipment. Their length is 106 m, the width is 22 m, the deadweight is 5100 tons. The vessels are designed for an unrestricted navigation area, including in difficult climatic conditions, and perform a variety of operations: freight transportation to off-shore facilities, icebreaking operations, control of ice condition, rescue, support tracking, firefighting, towing of large objects, transportation of containers on the main deck. 

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