Steel cutting at Zvezda for the third Arc7 ice-class LNG carrier


On 12 April 2021, a steel cutting ceremony took place at Zvezda shipbuilding complex (Primorsky region) for the Arc7 ice-class LNG carrier ordered for long-term operation under the Arctic LNG 2 project.

This is the second vessel ordered by SMART LNG, a joint venture between Sovcomflot and NOVATEK, and the third vessel in a series of 15 LNG carriers. The lead vessel of the series is owned by PAO Sovcomflot.

Never before has the construction of such large-tonnage vessels been made at Russian shipyards. PAO Sovcomflot is actively involved in the localisation process at Zvezda shipyard facilities, and has its own site-team on place consisting of employees from the SCF Engineering Centre.

A series of Arctic LNG carriers is being built under time-charter agreements with PAO NOVATEK. The project is financed by VEB.RF. Delivery is planned for 2023-2025.

Vessels of the new series will have increased icebreaking capability and maneuverability in the ice compared to the first generation of Arctic LNGC’s. Vessels have an enhanced Arc7 ice class, they are designed for LNG transportation in challenging climates of the North. A distinctive feature of the new vessels is the Mark III membrane-type LNG storage system.

The length of each vessel is 300 m, the width is 48.8 m, and the cargo capacity - 172,600 m3. The vessels use cleaner-burning natural gas as a primary fuel, which is especially important given the fragile Arctic environment will be the region of their operation.

The reinforced hull structure will allow for moving astern in the ice up to 2.1 m thick and move forward in the clear water or in the ice up to 1.5 m thick.

The power capacity of the LNGC’s is 45 MW. The vessels will be equipped with three Azimuth propulsion units of General Electric Sapfir type.

SCF Press Service

PAO Sovcomflot (MOEX:FLOT) is one of the world's leading energy shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas production. As of the date of this release, the Group’s fleet comprises 145 vessels with a total deadweight of 12.7 million tonnes, including vessels owned through joint ventures. More than 80 vessels have an ice class.

SCF is involved in servicing large oil and gas projects in Russia and around the world: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port; Yamal LNG, and Tangguh (Indonesia). The Group is headquartered in St. Petersburg, with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.

SCF currently has 16 gas carriers in operation, with further 19 LNG carriers under construction. The Group has been an independent owner and operator of LNG carriers since 2006 and was the first Russian company to successfully enter this premium segment of the global shipping market. Among the key charterers of SCF Group’s gas fleet are: Gazprom; Sakhalin Energy; Shell; Yamal LNG; Sibur, and Tangguh LNG.

As of the date of publication of the press release, Sovcomflot has placed construction orders for 20 large-capacity vessels of different classes with a total deadweight of 1.86 million tonnes at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex. These construction orders include 15 icebreaking LNG carriers for the Arctic LNG 2 project: the pilot vessel is ordered directly by the SCF Group (2019), the remaining 14 LNG carriers are ordered by SMART LNG, the joint venture between Sovcomflot and PAO NOVATEK (2020).