New supply vessel for Sakhalin-2 project launched

A new ice-breaking supply vessel (IBSV) has been launched for Sovcomflot at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.

This vessel is the first of four vessels ordered by Sovcomflot for operations at Sakhalin Energy’s Sakhalin-2 project.

The 100-metre ice-class vessel has deadweight of 3,000 tonnes and an Azipod propulsion system with a power rating of 13MW. The ship is due to be delivered towards the end of 2016.

The other three are emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs) that have a smaller deadweight of 2,000 tonnes, but can carry more passengers.

They are designed for the year-round delivery of personnel, supplies and consumables to three production platforms in the Okhotsk Sea. In an emergency, the vessels are also able to undertake complex environmental protection measures, and will enhance the safety of personnel based on these production platforms.