The steel-cutting ceremony for the second of two LPG carriers, ordered by Russian Sovcomflot (SCF Group), was held, Oct 15th, at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard’s shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.
The tanker will be constructed under the supervision of two classification societies – Lloyd’s Register and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. Russian manufacturers of navigation equipment, units, gear, spare parts, as well as programme soft developers will participate in the construction of the vessel.
On 27 March 2012 SCF Group (Sovcomflot)- Russia’s largest shipowner, and oil and chemical holding SIBUR – a national leader in oil and chemical industry, signed a long-term charter agreement for two gas tankers to perform regular year-round transportation of SIBUR liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
These LPG tankers of 20,600 cubic metres capacity were designed with SCF specialists participation in accordance with SIBUR’s requirements and the recent technical achievements. The ships have a number of competitive advantages over existing vessels of this type. The tankers’ design include the system of ballast water treatment which must be installed on board the ships starting from 2013. The hull will be enhanced in accordance with the requirements for structural strength calculation for the year-round operation in the conditions of North Atlantic region during 25 years, which will allow to significantly increase the ships’ length of service in normal conditions. The tankers’ ice class 1B (Ice3 – in accordance with Russian Register of shipping classification) makes it possible to operate the ships effectively in low temperatures of the Baltic Sea during winter navigation.
Capacity: 20550,00 m3
Draught (Loading): 10,90m
Speed: 16,00 knots
The first ship delivery is scheduled for 2013.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, October 19, 2012; Image: scf-group