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Zvezda Shipyard Launches Construction of Aframax Tanker for Sovcomflot

05 June 2020

Zvezda shipbuilding complex has launched the construction of an Aframax tanker for PJSC Sovcomflot. A ceremony of the first metal cutting for details of the future vessel took place in the hull production block. The cutting is performed on a high-tech gas-plasma machine. This is the 6th tanker to be laid down at the shipyard. In total, there is a series of 12 tankers of the Aframax type in the order book of Zvezda complex. At the moment, four of them are under construction at the shipyard. The flagman ship of the series has already been launched and is preparing for mooring tests.

An agreement on the construction and chartering of two oil vessels was concluded between Rosneft, Zvezda Shipyard, Arctic Leasing (a company of the VEB Leasing Group) and SKF Eco (a company of the Sovcomflot Group) at the 4th Eastern Economic Forum in September 2018. The delivery of the first tanker to the customer is scheduled for 2022.

Thanks to the advanced equipment, Zvezda is capable of producing state-of-the-art large-capacity vessels. The most advanced shipyard in Russia uses high-precision methods of marking, welding and cutting metal, including the laser one, as well as 3D-modelling.

With the dimensions of 250 m length, 44 m width, and 114 thousand tonnes deadweight, Aframax tankers will be the first vessels of this type built in Russia. Equipped with the most advanced Class A automation system, green Aframax tankers are designed to transport crude oil in an unlimited navigation area thanks to the propulsion machinery that can run on liquefied natural gas in accordance with high environmental standards.

Note for Editors:

The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is constructed by the Rosneft-led Consortium upon the instruction of President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The Shipyard’s order portfolio amounts to 39 vessels (59 vessels including options) at the moment. The Shipyard’s pilot throughput is provided for by Rosneft that placed an order for 28 vessels. Zvezda’s product line will include vessels of up to 350 tonnes 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 due to the lack of required launching and hydraulic structures.

June 5, 2020

Keywords: Environmental News 2020