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Naming ceremony held for Arctic condensate tanker

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Aker Arctic has announced that the naming ceremony for the Arctic condensate tanker Boris Sokolov has been held at Guangzhou Shipyard International.

The Arc7 ice class vessel has been named after the captain who commanded the world’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker for nearly 40 years.

In 2014, Aker Arctic claims that it started analysing options for the year-round transportation of gas condensate in cooperation with Yamal LNG. Following the development of the Aker ARC 212 Arctic Condensate Tanker concept, a design licensing agreement for the basic design and construction of the vessel was signed with the Chinese shipbuilder Guangzhou Shipyard International.

In the statement, Aker Arctic claims that, in the coming days, the vessel will join Dynacom Tankers Management’s fleet and commence its voyage fro China to the Arctic along the Northern Sea Route. The oil tanker will be used largely to transport gas condensate from the Sabetta LNG terminal to customers in Europe and Asia.

The vessel is based the proven Double Acting Ship (DASTM) principle, which enables tankers and cargo ships to operate independently without icebreaker assistance in challenging conditions. When operating stern-first, Aker Arctic claims that the vessel can break up to 1.8 m thick ice in a continuous motion and penetrate ice ridges without backing and ramming. In moderate ice conditions and open water, the vessel sails normally in ahead direction. The independent icebreaking capability has reportedly been verified at the company’s ice model test laboratory in Helsinki, Finland.

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