SSK Zvezda simultaneously brought two tankers out of the dry dock for completion work

The first tanker-shuttle of the ice class Arc6 and the tanker-gas carrier of the class Arc7 were launched
At the Zvezda shipbuilding complex (SSC Zvezda, Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Krai), an operation was carried out to simultaneously remove two vessels from the dry dock: the first ice-class Arc6 shuttle tanker and the Arc7 class gas tanker. The ceremony of launching the vessels took place in the presence of representatives of the customers and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The whole operation lasted about a day, the press service of the enterprise reports.
After filling the dock bowl with water and diverting the batoport (floating dock gate), the vessels were towed to the place of completion work. After their completion, the tankers will undergo mooring tests.
The tanker-shuttle of the reinforced ice class Arc6 with a deadweight of 69 thousand tons is being built by order of Rosnefteflot JSC. The vessel was named “Valentin Pikul”. The tanker is designed for oil transportation and is capable of navigating independently without icebreaking in the waters of the northern seas, in discharged annual ice with a thickness of up to 1.1 m in winter-spring navigation, and up to 1.7 m in summer-autumn. The maximum length of the tanker will be 257 m (7 m more than the Aframax type tanker), width — 34 m, draft — 14 m, side height — 21 m, speed — 15.5 knots. The propulsion system includes controlled full-turn rotary steering columns. In addition, the new vessel will be equipped with a bow loading device for receiving oil directly from a stationary sea ice-resistant berth.
The icebreaking tanker for the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) of the Arc 7 class “Sergey Witte” is the third tanker in a series of vessels being built at SSC Zvezda in the interests of PJSC NOVATEK for the Arctic LNG 2 project. The gas carriers will be operated under long-term time-charter agreements of Sovcomflot PJSC and Smart LNG LLC (a subsidiary of Sovcomflot and NOVATEK Group of companies) with Arctic LNG 2 LLC (a subsidiary of NOVATEK PJSC). The first two vessels of the series, already launched, are undergoing completion work.
Zvezda is the first Russian shipyard implementing a project for the construction of such vessels. Icebreaking LNG tankers of the Arc 7 class are among the most technologically complex in the construction of innovative vessels, each of them has a capacity of more than 172 thousand cubic meters. m and equipped with three unique screw-steering columns. The length of the vessel is 300 m, width — 48.8 m, draft — 11.7 m, deadweight — 81 thousand tons. The power plant of the gas carrier is 45 MW. These vessels are designed to transport liquefied natural gas and are capable of operating in harsh climatic conditions, independently overcoming ice with a thickness of more than 2 m. Their distinctive feature is the presence of a membrane-type LNG storage system.
The Zvezda shipbuilding complex is being created in the city of Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Krai, by a consortium of investors led by Rosneft. The company provided pilot loading to the shipbuilding complex by signing contracts for the construction of 28 vessels. Zvezda is the first Russian shipyard of large—tonnage production, designed for the production of ice-class vessels, vessels with a displacement of up to 350 thousand tons, special vessels and other types of marine equipment. The shipyard’s order portfolio includes over 60 vessels.
The Zvezda SSC project includes already commissioned and functioning facilities: a block of hull productions, paint chambers, an open heavy completion slipway and the largest dry dock in Russia, as well as second-stage facilities under construction.

Origin: ССК «Звезда» одновременно вывел два танкера из сухого дока для достроечных работ (