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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.

Anyone who feels like it can vote in favor of their favorite names for the two research vessels to be built at Zvezda SSK. Universities and Research Institutes provided the list of variants.

Research vessels are constructed within the framework of the "Science and Universities" national project. Zvezda shipyard was appointed by the Resolution of the Russian Federation Government as the only executor of the order. CDB “Lazurit” developed the Project of Research Vessels.

The purpose of the new vessels is to carry out scientific research and fundamental and applied work in the waters of the World Ocean, including hydrometeorological survey, measurement of magnetical, gravity, electric and thermal fields, realization  biological and environmental researches, high-resolution geological and hydrographical bottom survey, lab sampling and analysis of geologic and bottom  materials with the use of ocean engineering,  ecological monitoring of the environment. A wide range of measurements will be carried out using the up-to-date onboard and towed facilities; the Research Vessel laboratories will be able to process the obtained data in real time.

The ARC4 ice class of the vessels allows them to independently overcome first-year ice with a thickness of up to 0.6 meters in winter-spring navigation and up to 0.8 meters in summer-autumn one. The length of the vessel will be 122, 5 meters, deadweight – 8130 ton. The endurance of such vessels is 50 days / 7,500 nautical miles. Helicopters pads are provided on the vessels.

The names for Research Vessels can be chosen during the generally available on-line voting on the website of Ministry of Education and Science of Russia. The list of famous sea explorers, who had played  important role in the development of Russian and World science, is formed out of universities and research institutes proposals, taking part in field researches on the Research vessel:

-Lisitsyn Aleksandr Petrovich (1923-2020)

-Shuleikin Vasilii Vladimirovich (1895-1979)

-Monin Andrei Sergeevich (1921-2007)

-Shirshov Pyotr Petrovich (1905-1953)

-Dobrovolskii Aleksei Dmitrievich (1907-1990)

-Ilichyov Viktor Ivanovich (1932-1994)

-Brekhovskikh Leonid Maksimovich (1917-2005)

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The keel laying ceremony of the lead vessel of Arc7 LNG carriers was held at Zvezda SSK. “Sovcomflot” is the owner of the leading vessel.

Such LNG carriers are the one of the most technologically-difficult in construction of innovating vessels, each of which will have a cargo gross tonnage of over 172 thousand cubic meters and will be equipped with three unique PODs. These vessels are submitted for liquefied natural gas carriage and able to work in the arctic conditions. Their differential characteristic is having Mark III membrane type LNG storage system. Zvezda SSK became the first and as for now singular shipyard in Russia, which has worldwide license GTT – of French engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz, expert in the development and licensing construction of the containment systems with cryogenic membranes used to transport and store liquefied gas. Obtaining a license was preceded by the audit of GTT Company that Zvezda SSK successfully passed off in February 2020, having produced mock-up of LNG tank in accordance with French Company requirements.

The construction of ARC7 LNG carriers is realized in the interests of project installation in production the “Arctic LNG-2” liquefied natural gas, in which Novatek is the main sponsor and cargo freighter. In December 2019 - January 2020   Zvezda SSK and the companies of the VEB.RF group concluded the contracts for the construction of five Arc7 LNG carriers in the interests of Novatek PJSC intended for the removal of cargo from  “Arctic LNG-2” plant, and for another 10 vessels - in July 2020. The length of vessel is 300 m, beam moulded – 48.8m, draught – 11.7 m, deadweight – 81,000 t.

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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.

On May 26-28, the Cluster Scientific and Technical Conference (CSTC) of young experts of PAO “NK “Rosneft" was held on the basis of the Far Eastern Center of shipbuilding and ship repair in Vladivostok. The young experts from: Zvezda SSK, LLC, JSC “FES “Zvezda”, FEDI (Far Eastern Design Institute) “Vostokproektverf”, LLC, JSC “CKB “Lazurit”, JSC “SRCD” (Ship Repair Center “Dalzavod”) and JSC “179 SRY” (Ship Repair Yard) - took part in the Conference.

Proceedings of conference took place in two sections: “Process optimization in shipbuilding and ship repair” (16 works, 22 participants) and “Design and construction of marine facilities” (13 works, 14 participants).

11 young experts represented the team of the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex at the CSTC: Evgeny Puzanov, Illya Vetrov, Aleksandr Ivanov, Georgii Savitchenko, Illia Ikhtonov, Pavel Glushan, Leonid Kosach, Ayaru Kokusheva, Irina Budesko, Ivan Protcenko and Dmitrii Yakimenok.

In the section of “Design and construction of marine facilities”, our colleagues, experts of the technologic and handling equipment department (the head is Sergey Teploukhov) took the winning places. The work of Evgeny Puzanov “The introduction of universal equipment for the installation of azipods, rudder blade, propeller screw at the shipbuilding enterprise, affiliated to PAO “NK “Rosneft” was honored to be the best. Alexandr Ivanov with his work “The introduction of integrated solutions to reduce operating costs when coating” won the 3-d place. In the section of “Process optimization in shipbuilding and ship repair”, SSK “Zvezda” also did not remain without awards: Illya Vetrov presented the project called “Optimization of methods of the ultrasonic inspection on quality and time” and won the 2-d place.

The final round in the Interregional Scientific and Technical Conference of Young Experts of PAO “NK “Rosneft” in Moscow, which will be held in October 2021 at Lomonosov Moscow State University site, awaits participants who won medal places and nominations of the CSTC.

We congratulate the young experts of “Zvezda” with well-deserved awards and wish them further success in the field of scientific activity!

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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 has received a batch of unique transport equipment to ensure the operation of the largest dry dock in Russia and the sites of the second stage of the shipyard construction. Four flatbed transporters – multiwheelers have the cargo capacity range from 150 to 650 tons.

The multiwheeler is a multiple-wheel platform, equipped with driver’s cabins on both sides and has the possibility of remote control. Every wheel of multiwheeler can be rotated through 180 degrees, which allows to transport hundreds tons of bulky cargos with high maneuverability.

The main task of this equipment is the transportation of sections and blocks of vessels: from the workshops to the paint chambers, from the paint chambers to the open final assembly area. At the same time, two multiwheelers can be docked for synchronous operation, jointly transporting cargo weighing up to 1300 tons under the control of one driver – to ensure the advanced technology of large-block shipbuilding used at the shipyard.

Earlier, a system of self-driving modular wheeled transporters with the cargo capacity of 3300 tons was supplied to the shipyard. This equipment is also designed for the displacement of bulky sections and vessels’ blocks between the workshops and the sites of SSK during their construction.

When creating the Zvezda Shipyard, advanced technical solutions and the most modern equipment are introduced. The largest open final assembly area and dry dock in the country are fitted with unique crane facilities, including two “Goliath” type gantry cranes with the cargo capacity of 1200 tons each. The “Vympel” is also one of the largest floating transfer dock in Russia, it allows launching vessels up to 300 meters (length) and 51 meters (width), as well as objects of marine equipment with a launching weight of up to 40 thousand tons. Besides, the Shipyard is differentiated by the high degree of manufacturing automation, the high-precision methods of marking, welding and steel cutting, including laser, technologies of testing works based on the noncontact measurement and 3-D modeling, modern technologies of control processes and manufacturing planning at all the stages – from the developing documentation to the representation of the vessel.

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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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