These vessels are designed for extreme environmental conditions on the Sakhalin area. They will be operating in thick drifting ice in temperatures as cold as minus 35 C˚. The main purpose for these vessels is to supply the gas production platform and to protect it from the ice. The icebreaking capability of the vessels is extremely high, they are able to operate independently in 1.7 meter thick ice.
As multipurpose vessels, these vessels are capable of carrying various type of cargo and they are equipped for oil combating, fire fighting, and rescue operations. The rescue capacity is for 195 persons.
The STX Finland shipyards have a long history of building different kinds of icegoing vessels. Approximately 60 % of the world's operational icebreakers today were built in Finland. Finnish shipyards also have a strong foothold in Russia with 1,500 delivered special vessels including almost all Russia's conventionally powered icebreakers and two Taimyr class nuclear-powered icebreakers.
“This is a significant breakthrough into the currently very active Russian arctic icegoing ship markets. I am especially happy to see that the customer is Sovcomflot. As Sovcomflot already has in their fleet a very similar supply vessel, delivered 2005 by STX Finland, we can only consider this order as a sign of confidence from their side” says Mr.Juha Heikinheimo, President of STX Finland.
New projects will offer work for 1000 man-years. “There is significant potential for arctic icegoing and ice breaking vessels in Russia for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, where we hope to be able to utilize our world-class arctic technology experience combined with the Russian shipbuilding and ship operation expertise,” continues Mr Heikinheimo.