Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex has commenced constructing the second MR-type product carrier tanker fuelled with gas. Cutting of the first hull components for the coming vessel started in hull production block using the new advanced plasma gas unit installed as part of the expansion of existing capacity of the shipyard’s main shop.
The tankers are designed to transport petroleum-based products and gas condensate that will be used for long-term charter contracts between Sovkomflot Group, Russia’s major shipping company primarily involved in maritime transportation of hydrocarbons, and NOVATEK, Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer. The motor units of the product carrier tankers are to be powered by green gas fuel. This type of fuel can significantly reduce emissions to the environment. The technical specifications of the ships were developed to meet the new requirements of the International Maritime Organization.
The tanker will have a deadweight of around 50K tons, length over 180 meters, width over 32 meters and draft of 13 meters. Ice Class 1B vessels can safely navigate all year round, including that in the ice conditions of the Baltic Sea.
Zvezda’s portfolio currently includes over 50 vessels: 59 vessels with options. The shipyard’s pilot throughput is provided for by Rosneft oil company that placed an order for 28 vessels. Zvezda’s product line will include vessels of up to 350K tons displacement, components of marine platforms, ice-class vessels, commercial vessels for cargo transportation, specialty vessels, and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and purposes, including those that had not previously been produced in Russia.