Russians turn to Germans for quality superstructure

Nordic adds deckhouse to bulging portfolio Nordic adds deckhouse to bulging portfolio

German shipyard group Nordic Yards has won a €30 million order from Russia for the 2,500 ton deckhouse on the new LK-25 icebreaker 'Viktor Tschernomyrdin' being delivered in 2015, writes Tom Todd.

The icebreaker is being built at the Baltiyskiy Zavod Shipyard in St Petersburg, a subsidiary of Russia’s state shipbuilding concern OSK, for delivery in December 2015 to the Russian state shipping company Rosmorport. It will cost about €200 million and German media reports said it will be the biggest conventional icebreaker in the world.

The order for the deckhouse, which will accommodate up to 90 specialists and 38 crewmembers, includes complete outfitting. Baltiskiy Zavod official Artjom Pidnik said it was the requirement for quality outfitting and comfort that had determined the award to Nordic.

The Diesel-electric newbuilding will be 146.8m long and of 29m maximum width and powered by three propellers, a 10 MW centreline shaft and two 7.5 MW Azipod thrusters. It will be capable of breaking through ice up to two metres thick.

Nordic Yards, located in Wismar and Rostock-Warnemuende, is owned and directed by a Russian, Vitaly Yusuf, who took it over after insolvency in 2010. Since then the group has built the 18,500dwt type AT-19 Arctic ice-breaking tanker Enisey for the Russians and modernised the Arctic container ship Talnakh, one of four built by Nordic for Norilsk Nickel. It is also building two ice-breaking salvage and rescue ships for Russia starting this year.

Nordic has meanwhile also become a leading builder of offshore wind park transformer platforms and offshore service ships. It booked its fourth transformer platform early this year – a contract worth more than €1 billion.

Just this week German news media reports named Vitaly Yusufov as one of two officially unidentified Russian parties interesting in acquiring Volkswerft in Stralsund, part of the defunct P+S Werften group which became insolvent a year ago. 

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