Russia‘s first Aframax oil tanker (the Large Range 2 class under the Average Freight Rate Assessment rate system) has been launched at Zvezda Shipyard outside of Vladivostok in the country’s Far East. Vessels of such class have a deadweight between 80,000 and 120,000 metric tons.
Other characteristics include a speed of about 15 knots and the maximum breadth of 32.3 meters.
Tankers of the kind are normally operated within a single sea area, such as the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as in the Far East and the Caribbean.
The ceremony to launch the vessel from Zvezda Shipyard’s floating transfer dock was attended by Primorye Territory Governor Oleg Kozhemyako.
The first Russian Aframax tanker was designed and built to meet the current environmental standards. The vessel’s two power supply units – both the main system and the auxiliary one – can operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is a safe, environmentally-friendly fuel.