Building on a similar order in April, SCF Group (Sovcomflot) and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. announced today the newbuild order for three additional Vitus Bering series of multi-functional icebreaking standby vessels (IBSVs) from United Shipbuilding Corporation’s Vyborg Shipyard. Once built, these vessels will support operations at the Sakhalin-2 offshore production platform in the Sea of Okhotsk for at least a 20-year period, according to Sovcomflot.
When completed, the new vessels will increase Sovcomflot’s IBSV fleet to eight ships.
One of the main functions of the new ‘standby’ vessels will be their on-call duty in the platform area to provide instant readiness for responding to emergency situations with the possibility of carrying an additional 150 persons onboard during evacuations.
Sovcomflot notes the ice class has been enhanced from Ice10 to Ice15, which will ensure the safe navigation of the vessel in one year solid ice of up to 1.5 meters thick, at a speed of 3.0 knots, and to keep working independently without becoming trapped in ice ridges of up to 4 meters thick.
The construction of these modern vessels is a joint project involving Russian and Finnish shipbuilders with aound 90 percent of the structural components produced in Russia. The vessels will be equipped with navigation systems from the Russian manufacturer Transas, as well as Glonass satellite navigation systems.
Currently Sakhalin-2 employs six Sovcomflot vessels, including three Aframax type shuttle tankers, two LNG gas carriers and one IBSV.