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ZVEZDA LAYS KEEL FOR FIRST OF NEW SCF GAS TANKER SERIES

ZVEZDA LAYS KEEL FOR FIRST OF NEW SCF GAS TANKER SERIES

Friday, August 20, 2021 

The keel-laying ceremony has been held at the Zvezda shipbuilding complex, in Russia's Far Eastern Primorsky Region, for the new icebreaking LNG carrier ordered by SCF Group for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

This is the first vessel in a series of 14 new icebreaking LNG carriers ordered by Smart LNG, a joint venture between PAO Sovcomflot and PAO Novatek. In total, Zvezda is contracted to build 15 such carriers, with the lead vessel in the series ordered by SCF directly and the remaining sister ships ordered by Smart LNG. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2023.

Vessels in this new series are designed for year-round LNG transportation in the challenging conditions of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). They are assigned the highest ice class, Arc7. Importantly, these vessels will have increased icebreaking capabilities and manoeuvrability in ice compared with the first generation of icebreaking LNG carriers (Christophe de Margerie series). The delivery of these new LNG carriers will help facilitate the growth of cargo traffic along the NSR and allow year-round navigation along its eastern part.

The commissioning of the LNG carriers will allow for the expedited implementation of national plans to boost cargo traffic along the NSR and to provide year-round navigation in the eastern sector of the Arctic.

The new series of gas carriers are 300m long, 48.8m wide, and will have a cargo capacity of 172,600m3. The propulsion system includes three azimuth propulsion units, with a total capacity of 45MW. All 15 vessels will operate under the Russian flag.

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