Russian multi-purpose icebreaking PSV begins build in Finland
Sovcomflot multi-purpose icebreaking supply ship
A keel laying ceremony was held at the Arctech Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, on 19 January 2012, marking the start of the construction of a multi-functional icebreaking supply vessel, ordered by Russian shipping company Sovcomflot.
The ship is designed to service the oil drilling platform located on the north-eastern part of the Sakhalin Island shelf, near Russia's Pacific coast, and is one of a pair ordered for the project being undertaken in conjunction with Exxon Mobil.
Vitus Bering and her sistership are designed to operate in 1.7m thick ice. Both of the 3,950dwt 99.2m length oa ships will be equipped with DP systems and will be used for escorting ships in ice conditions in the area around the platform, conducting oil spill containment operations, towing oil platforms and other large objects in the open sea. The power system, comprising four main engines, will provide an aggregate power of 18 MW.
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