Sovcomflot: Keel Laying Ceremony Held for LPG Tanker, South Korea
On 14 March, 2013, a keel laying ceremony took place at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co.Ltd. yard in South Korea for the first gas carrier ordered by Sovcomflot Group for operations under an agreement with petrochemical holding SIBUR.
In March, 2012, Russia’s leading shipping company Sovcomflot and petrochemical giant SIBUR signed a long-term agreement on the charter of two gas carriers for the regular year-round transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). SIBUR plans to start exporting shipments of LPG in 2013 via its own terminal at the sea port of Ust-Luga.
The new vessels are being built under the supervision of two classification societies – Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) – and have been designed in line with all relevant international requirements and standards. Their cargo-pumping system consists of 4 type-C tanks with a combined capacity of 20,600m³, designed to transport cargo under a pressure of 540kPa. The lead ship is due to be completed and delivered in mid July 2013.
The new gas carriers have a cargo capacity of 20,600m³ and were designed in collaboration with SCF Group experts according to SIBUR requirements. These vessels are equipped with the latest technological advances in the shipbuilding industry and have a range of competitive advantages over other existing ships of their class.
These ships are specially designed to be fitted with a ballast water management system – a compulsory requirement for vessels from the end of 2013. The structural design of the vessels includes a reinforced hull for year-round operations in the harsh climatic conditions of the North Atlantic. These robust vessels will have an active service life of 25 years, although this figure will significantly increase if they are used in normal climatic conditions. The design of these 1B ice class vessels (Ice3 in the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping) will allow them to operate effectively in the low temperatures of the Baltic Sea during their winter passages.
Sibur Voronezh is due to be delivered in July 2013.
LNG World News Staff, March 22, 2013; Image: SCF