On September 5, 2022, at the Zvezda shipbuilding complex (Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Krai), within the framework of the VII Eastern Economic Forum‒2022, a solemn naming ceremony of a new large-capacity tanker of PJSC Sovcomflot took place. The Aframax vessel, which is the best in its class in terms of energy efficiency and technical solutions, will provide cargo transportation from Russian ports, the company’s press service reports.
The construction of the tanker was carried out at SSC Zvezda as part of the implementation of agreements signed at the Eastern Economic Forum in 2018 for the construction of a series of two large-tonnage Aframax vessels of a new generation, followed by the chartering of PJSC NK Rosneft on the basis of 20-year time charter contracts.
Okeansky Prospekt is designed according to environmental safety standards and complies with all applicable international standards in the field of environmental protection. The length of the tanker is 250 m, width – 44 m, deadweight – 114 thousand tons. The vessel’s ice class 1A/1B allows it to transport oil year-round from areas with difficult ice conditions, including subarctic seas and Russian ports of the Baltic region.
The project provides for the possibility of operating the tanker’s main and auxiliary power plant on traditional types of marine fuel and liquefied natural gas (LNG), which significantly reduces the level of emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere: carbon dioxide – by 26%, nitrogen oxides – by 94%, sulfur oxides and fine particles (soot) – by 100%. compared to similar vessels running on heavy fuel.
The naming ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Sovcomflot Sergey Frank, CEO – Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC Sovcomflot Igor Tonkovidov, CEO of SSC Zvezda Sergey Tseluiko.
The tanker Okeansky Prospekt continued the established practice of naming the vessels of the SCF in honor of significant streets of Russian cities (Nevsky Prospekt, Ligovsky Prospekt, Liteyny Prospekt, Moskovsky Prospekt, Olympic Avenue, Primorsky Avenue, Suvorovsky Avenue).
“These are powerful tankers of a new generation designed to transport oil in an unlimited navigation area. The construction of Aframaks harmoniously fits into the environmental safety agenda, because these vessels are truly “green”, designed in compliance with the highest standards of environmental safety. Their power plants can operate on both traditional and environmentally friendly fuel – LNG, which complies with new global environmental standards. In September last year, a tanker of this type was launched – the second vessel in a series of 12 large-tonnage tankers with a deadweight of 114 thousand tons. And the lead tanker “Vladimir Monomakh” was handed over to the customer back in December 2020,” Denis Manturov is quoted as saying.
Now the tankers will have to pass the mooring stage of the tests. It includes work on checking and adjusting the ship’s systems and equipment for further preparation for sea trials and transfer to the customer.