‘Ivan Sidorenko’ Offshore Supply Vessel Launched in Russia
The first vessel to service semi-submersible drilling rigs (SSDR), Ivan Sidorenko, left the construction dock at the Amur Shipyard (a part of Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center) on May, 31. The polar supply vessel is in construction for Gazflot, a Gazprom’s subsidiary. The shipway stage is completed for the vessel with outfitting and sea trials lying ahead.
The Amur Shipyard had a “Doors Open” on that day. The enterprise welcomed both its employees and the Komsomolsk-on-Amur citizens and their families. Rolling of the vessel out of the construction hall turned into a genuine holiday for the city. The audience of the yard’s active duty and veteran employees and guests was addressed by A. Basargin, General Manager for the Amur Shipyard; N. Povzyk, CEO for the Amur Shipyard from 1999 to 2005 and from 2009 to 2010; Yu. Shamalov, CEO for Gazflot, S. Semionov, Deputy City Manager for Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and A. Petrov, Division Director on Federal Property Management Matters for Ministry of Russian Far East. In their speeches, they expressed gratitude to the yard’s employees for their diligent work and showed confidence that the Amur shipbuilders would accomplish the prescribed production objectives with distinction.
“One of the top priorities for FESRC is construction of merchant vessels,” Yury Filchenok, Deputy CEO for Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center, remarked. “We emphasize ice strengthened vessels to develop and exploit offshore hydrocarbon deposits. The fact is that the Russian continental shelf, particularly above the Arctic Circle, is the major area where the most noticeable gain in resources and oil reserves and discovery of large accumulations should be expected. It makes construction of oil production units and fleet for the shelf development topical. These days we see Far Eastern shipbuilders deal with this issue with excellent results.
The supply vessel is matchless in that she is a solely Russian project. She was designed by Krylov Scientific Center and built from domestic steel at the Amur Shipyard located in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The customer was the Gazflot company with the financier being Gazprom. FESRC will construct two vessels in total for the public-owned corporation. The second one, already christened Ostap Sheremeta, will be launched next year.”
As the specialists highlight, Ivan Sidorenko is in line with all international standards. In particular, she is fitted with a dynamic positioning system that provides for automatic station keeping of the vessel through satellite navigation, sensors, acoustic navigation equipment and other systems. She will render support services to drilling and production rigs, deliver pipes, cement, drilling muds, brines, spare parts, fuel oil, water, and provisions to the work site. In the event of emergency, the supply vessel will be ready to render assistance to damaged vessels or floating drilling installations including evacuation and reception of survivors and fighting of fires aboard vessels, floating installations and at shore facilities.