Tanker “Shturman Albanov” successfully delivers oil from Novoportovskoe field to Murmansk

On the 16th of September unique Arctic shuttle tanker “Shturman Albanov” (belongs to Sovcomflot Company) has successfully delivered the first large-tonnage shipment of crude oil from Novoportovskoye field to the port of Murmansk. The loading of 34 th. tonnes was done on the 12th of September in sea terminal The Arctic Gates situated in the region of Mys Kamennyy in the Ob Bay of the Kara Sea. The terminal was put in operation on 25th of May 2016 with the participation of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

“Shturman Albanov” is the lead ship of Arctic shuttle tankers ordered by Sovcomflot under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft and aimed at delivery of crude oil from Yamal Peninsula to the port of Murmansk in year-round navigation. The deadweight of each tanker is about 42 th. tonnes (Shturman Albanov is of 41 454,5 tonnes). Russian Maritime Register of Shipping gave ice class Arc7 to the vessels. Construction financing for three vessels provided Sberbank CIB. The loan agreement signed at the end of last year and award-winning by Marine Money international magazine, was an important step towards increasing the participation of Russian credit institutions in the financing of capital-intensive shipbuilding projects.

Naming ceremony of Shturman Albanov was on the 20th of July. On the 16th of August the tanker joined Sovcomflot fleet and set a course for the place of loading in the Ob Bay. Shturman Albanov is registered under the Russian flag, the port of registry is Saint Petersburg. Technical characteristics of this tanker are unique. The vessel was designed with account of the Ob Bay waters that are covered with ice from October to July and are notable for big amount of shoals and in some areas relatively shallow depth (less than 10 m). Shturman Albanov is able to sail in Arctic sea basin in year-round navigation at the temperature up to –45°С. The draft of the ship allows easy maneuvering in the bay. Propulsive system, consisting of two Azipod steerable propellers with total capacity of 22 mW, provides the tanker with high icebreaking capability and maneuvering when it breaks hammocks and large ice fields.

“Successful start of SCF Arctic shuttle tanker “Shturman Albanov” shipping is a truly important event. New tankers of Sovcomflot are the first in shipping history that will provide transportation of hydrocarbons form the Ob Bay in year-round navigation. Sovcomflot is proud with its participation in the project – development of Novoportovskoe oil, gas and condensate field. Such industrial projects are key to sustained economic development of the Arctic region”, said Sergey Frank, CEO, chairman of the board of Sovcomflot Company.

Source: http://www.morvesti.ru/

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