Arctic LNG carriers Boris Vilkitsky and Fedor Litke have been delivered to assist the large-scale RF liquefied natural gas production project Yamal LNG.
They are part of a series of 15 being constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in Korea.
The new gas carriers are capable of all year-round operation at temperatures up to -50°С. High ice class Arc7 allows them to navigate independently in the ice of up to 2.1-metre thick when moving astern.
The 299.9-metre ships are equipped with three Azipod propulsion units of 45MW joint capacity, which is comparable to the capacity of a nuclear icebreaker. They will be used on the Northern Sea Route.
The delivered 85,000DWT ships, which have a 12-metre draught and a service speed of 19.5 knots, are named after celebrated Russian Arctic navigators Boris Andreyevich Vilkitsky (1885-1961) and Fedor Petrovich Litke (1797-1882).
They contain a new membrane-type gas containment system used in cargo tanks with a total capacity of 172,600 cubic metres.
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