Russia’s first Arctic Shuttle Tanker

The naming ceremony for the first Russian Arctic shuttle tanker took place on 18 December 2007. The 70,000 dwt «Vasily Dinkov», owned by Sovcomflot, is the first in a series of three enhanced ice-class tankers designed to transport oil from the Varandey oil field within the Arctic Circle (operated by Naryanmarneftegaz – a joint venture between Lukoil and ConocoPhillips).

The three tankers will all be registered in the Russian International Shipping Register with St. Petersburg being their port of registry. The naming ceremony took place at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard and was attended by a delegation from St. Petersburg.
«Vasily Dinkov» is built in compliance with the requirements of the Russian Register of Shipping and the American Bureau of Shipping and has the following specifications:

• Length Overall 257.0m
• Breadth Molded 34.0m
• Draft Molded 14.0m
• Service Speed (open water) 16.0 knots

The Arctic shuttle tankers of the «Vasily Dinkov» class incorporate the most advanced and unique technical features. These will make it possible to operate the ships in temperatures of minus 40°C, breaking ice of up to 1.5 meter thickness without icebreaker escort. The ships have an ice-enhanced hull structure, designed in accordance with LU6 (1A Super) ice-class, under the classification of the Russian Register of Shipping. The tankers are equipped with two Azipod propulsion units, with a total power output equivalent to 20mW. The ships all have a dynamic positioning system for use in ice and a helicopter pad.
The ship is the world’s first multi-directional oil tanker that can rotate in all directions (180 degrees) in order to find new ways to break ice when the ship is trapped by icebergs.
The price of this artic shuttle tanker is three times higher than that of a normal oil tanker. A high added-value ship, this oil tanker was selected as one of Korea’s top ten next&min;generation technologies in 2006 by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy. More recently, the ship was honored with the IR52 Jang Young-Shil Award.
The new tankers meets all the international requirements related to the safety of navigation and the protection of marine environment.
Similar tankers – «Kirill Lavrov» and «Mikhail Ulyanov» designed to ship oil from Prirazlomnoye, another Arctic oil field (operated by Sevmorneftegaz, the subsidiary of Gazprom) – have also been ordered by the Sovcomflot Group. These vessels are being constructed in St. Petersburg at the Admiralty Shipyards, the oldest Russian shipyard.
Source: Sovcomflot / Russian Maritime Newsletter / Samsung HI