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Yamal LNG tanker cuts first steel

LNG Industry,

SCF Group has celebrated the steel-cutting ceremony for the lead gas tanker for the Yamal LNG project.

The prototype vessel will be operated under a long-term time charter between OAO Sovcomflot and JSC Yamal LNG.

The ceremony, marking the formal start of a ship’s construction process, took place at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s shipyard in South Korea, in the presence of representatives from Sovcomflot, the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), Bureau Veritas (BV) and other guests.

Sovcomflot provided JSC Yamal LNG with advisory services for gas tanker design and the minimisation of costs for the project’s logistic support, based on the company’s long-term experience in the Arctic seas and with the operation of its own LNG carriers.

The partners have developed a unique design for the new ship codenamed ‘Yamalmax' with unsurpassed performance features. With a freight capacity of 172,600 m3, length of 300 m and beam of 50 m, the tanker will be of Arc7 ice class (on RS classification), which will ensure icebreaking capability in a 2.1 m thick ice field.

The ship’s propulsion unit includes three azipods delivering a total power of 45 MW, which is comparable to a Rossija-class nuclear-powered icebreaker (55 MW). Reinforced membrane-type tanks ensure safe LNG transportation along the Northern Sea Route, which has been confirmed by classification society surveys and test-bed trials held by GTT, the cargo system designer.

The prototype vessel will be used for training the crews of Arctic LNG tankers and practicing navigation in the severe ice conditions of high-latitude Arctic seas.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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