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Finland’s Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has delivered the fourth icebreaker in a four-vessel series for Russian shipping company SCF Group (Sovcomflot).
The vessel, known at the yard as NB 514, was handed over to SCF Group at the end of January after undergoing sea trials in the Gulf of Finland last fall. NB 514 was formally named after former Russian Prime Minister Yevgenyi Primakov during a ceremony held February 3.
The four ships are described as multi-functional icebreaking platform standby vessels that will operate year-round in the Sea of Okhotsk in support of the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project. The vessels are designed for the transport of passengers and supplies to offshore production platforms in addition to stand-by duties. All four of the vessels are equipped with oil recovery equipment and emergency and rescue response.
The four ships were ordered in 2014 as part a long-term agreement between Sakhalin Energy and SCF Group. Delivery of the first three vessels in the series took place in 2017.
The Yevgenyi Primakov will operate under the Russian flag with its homeport in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Arctech Helskinki Shipyard was founded in 2010 as a 50-50 partnership between Russian state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation and STX Finland Oy, a former subsidiary of STX Europe. It has been 100% Russian-owned since 2014 after Russia bought out STX Finland’s firty-percent ownership.
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