• 2018 June 29 13:09

    Russian flag raised on the Aleksandr Sannikov icebreaker

    Flag raising on the Aleksandr Sannikov icebreaker has been held today, 29 June 2018, at the Angliyskaya embankment in Saint-Petersburg. According to IAA PortNews correspondent, it was followed by a farewell ceremony as the icebreaker is about to set sail for the maiden voyage to the Arctic.

    As Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO of PJSC Gazprom Neft, said at the ceremony, “one of the key tasks ensuring transportation of hydrocarbons produced by the company in the Arctic region is icebreaker assistance. The icebreaker delivered to the company today will be a new flagship of Gazprom Neft’s Arctic fleet”.

    Aleksey Rakhmanov, President of United Shipbuilding Corporation, commented in his turn: “This icebreaker opens the Arctic gate for USC. Remarkably, the delivery of this unique vessel takes place on 29 June, a professional holiday of Russian shipbuilders. Besides, it is the most powerful diesel-electric icebreaker built by Russian shipyards to date”.Aleksey Rakhmanov also emphasized that the ship construction was based on a large share of domestic competences.

    According to Aleksandr Solovyov, Director General of Vyborg Shipyard, it took 2 years and 8 months to build the ship.

    The next icebreaker of this project, named Andrey Vilkitsky, will be delivered to Gazprom Neft in the end of October 2018.

    The ship built by Vyborg Shipyard (a company of USC)  to the order of Gazprom Neft will assist tankers in the Northern Sea Route waters and contribute to the development of Europe-Asia shipping taking into consideration domestic projects on production of Arctic oil.
      
    The Aleksandr Sannikov is the most sophisticated diesel-electric icebreaker in Russia. It features an advanced maneuvering system, power supply automation, state-of-the-art radionavigation and remote control of electronics.

    Besides, it is the first icebreaker in Russia to have an advanced automatic control system able to control the engine plant for several days (automatic pilot system).

    The Aleksandr Sannikov will improve the efficiency and sustainability of round-the-year transportation of oil from the world’s only terminal in fresh waters above the Arctic Circle. 

    In terms of performance, the new icebreaker is highly competitive with nuclear-powered icebreaking ships and even exceeds them with higher maneuverability and lower energy consumption. The icebreaker’s hull shape is unique allowing for the ship to cut ice and to make a 360 degree turn within a minute.

    Vessel's concept project is made by Aker Arctic Technology, working-design documentation is performed by Petrobalt Design Bureau.

    Vyborg Shipyard is building two 22 MW icebreaking support ships based on Aker ARC 130 A design. The ships ordered by Gazprom Neft are to be deployed at the Arctic terminal operated by LLC Gazprom Neft Novy Port and located in the Gulf of Ob (Yamal peninsula). 

    The vessels are intended for escorting of tankers, assistance during mooring, loading and rescue operations, providing tugging assistance, firefighting, participation in oil spill response activities.

    The ship can move with a speed of 2 knots in consolidated ice of up to 2.0 m thick with a 30-cm snow cover, both bow first and stern first.

    Major characteristics: LOA – 121.7 m; BOA – about 26 m; waterline beam  - 25 m; depth – 11.5 m; draft – 8 m.
     
    Class notation by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping - KM  Icebreaker8  AUT1-ICS FF1WS DYNPOS-2 EPP ANTI-ICE ECO SDS<12 Winterization(-50) Tug.
     
    Main vessel's purposes are as follows: tankers' conveyance between Sabetta port and Kamenny Cape in the Gulf of Ob at ice conditions; tankers' conveyance to cargo region of oil export terminal (sea mooring system) at ice conditions; security support during mooring and tankers' loading.

    The lead ship of Project IBSV01, the Aleksandr Sannikov (hull No 233) was laid down on 3 November 2015 and launched on 24 November 2016.

    Keel-laying of the second ship named Andrey Vilkitsky (hull No 234) was held on 14 December 2015, launching – on 5 July 2017.




2019 January 18

14:03 Algoma Central Corporation increases its interest in ocean self-unloader Pool
13:50 18 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 17-18
13:35 Throughput of the Port of St. Petersburg in 2018 up 11% Y-o-Y to 59.32 million tonnes
13:18 CMA CGM unites its Containerships and MacAndrews brands
13:11 Vladimir Putin supports Government’s proposal on expanding Far East Ministry’s functions with Arctic issues
12:49 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 2018 grew by 11% Y-o-Y to 49.276 million tonnes
12:26 MV Werften purchases Neptun Ship Design
12:08 Sakaide shipyard holds naming ceremony for new LNG carrier jointly owned by NYK and JERA
11:38 PGNiG SA signs agreement for oil and gas exploration and production in UAE
11:14 Remote pilotage to be allowed in Finland
10:47 Free zone status is a crucial advantage for the future development of the Freeport of Riga
10:06 Ice restrictions at the port of Ust-Luga come into effect on January 31
09:42 Brent Crude futures price up 0.9% to $61.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $52.64
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,077 points

2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018
11:25 Nor-Shipping reveals stellar line-up for Ocean Leadership Conference
10:52 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 16-17
10:28 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbon production totaled 548.4 million boe in 2018, up 6.9% Y-o-Y
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.34% to $61.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.54% to $52.03
09:39 Tallink and Taltech to collaborate on developing smart ship solutions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,055 points

2019 January 16

18:36 Kongsberg Gruppen enters into an agreement with Rome AS to divest Kongsberg Evotec
18:06 Seaspan Corporation announces the closing of the second tranche of the $1 billion aggregate investment commitment by Fairfax
17:55 INEOS, Europe’s largest petrochemicals company, announces Antwerp as the location for its new ground breaking 3 billion Euro petrochemical investment
17:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 2018 grew by 11.5% Y-o-Y to 24.1 million tonnes
17:36 Rolf A. Sandvik resigns as CEO of The Fjords
17:06 Digging begins in construction of new Antarctic wharf
16:52 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2018 grew by 3.8% Y-o-Y to 816.5 million tonnes (detalization)
16:31 IMO’s polar communication and navigation equipment guidance to be finalized
16:14 COSCO Shipping Lines launches Ocean Alliance 2019 service products
16:10 Ice restrictions at Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg come into effect on January 25
16:05 Realogis publishes market report on the letting of logistics properties and industrial sites in the greater Hamburg area for 2018
15:46 Ice restrictions at Big Port of St. Petersburg come into effect on January 25
15:33 Verifavia Shipping cements leadership position for EU MRV and IMO DCS IT system certification
15:22 Throughput of Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port almost doubled in 2018 to 2.5 million tonnes
14:57 Houston, Texas will host the 3rd LNG USA Summit on 26-27 February 2019
14:31 Milan, Italy will host the 2nd Small-Scale LNG Summit on 12 February 2019
13:54 CHARLES ANDRÉ Group and Dunkerque-Port join forces to develop combined transport service from Dunkerque
13:25 Société Générale and MPA Singapore join SEA\LNG Board