The first tanker for year-round transportation of oil from Novy Port was launched to water
9:38 9 марта 2016
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The ship “Shturman Albanov” was launched to water. This is the first of six tankers of ice class Arc7 that are being built to provide year-round transportation of oil from Novoportovskoye field. The tanker was named after the navigator, who had participated in the polar expedition on the steam schooner “Saint Anna”.
The cargo capacity of the ship makes about 38 thousand tons of oil – two times more than on tankers of class Arc5, which are being used now. The maximum draft of the ship on fresh water makes 9.5 meters. In difference from tankers of class Arc5 “Shturman Albanov” can move in ices along a canal preliminary prepared by a nuclear-powered icebreaker. Without icebreaker support the ship can overcome ice with the thickness up to 1.8 meters going by the stern and up to 1.4 meters going by the bow.
The hull of the tanker was made of high-strength steel resistant to low temperatures, wall thickness was increased. The vessel was equipped with a bow-loading device, which allows anchoring the tanker to receive oil from the Vorota Arktiki (the Arctic Gate) terminal. Azimuth thrusters are able to rotate 360 degrees around their axis, what gives additional maneuverability when moving by the bow and by the stern.
The tankers of ice class Arc7 have no analogues in Russia: their cargo capacity is 2 times more than those ones being used now. They were designed with consideration of small depths of the Gulf of Ob and climate conditions of the Arctic. It decreases time of a round trip and increases effectiveness of the whole scheme of arctic logistics of “Gazprom Neft”.
According to the words of the deputy director general on logistics, processing and sales at “Gazprom Neft” Anatoly Cherner, when 6 tankers will be input to operation, they will be able to transport about 450 thousand tons of oil per month, what will allow providing transportation up to 5 million and 500 thousand tons of oil of Novoportovskoye field per year.
The first consignments of oil from Novoportovskoye and Prirazlomnoye fields were delivered to the oil storage tanker “Umba” on the 10th of February. It replaced the famous “Belokamenka” with the capacity 360 thousand tons in the Kola Bay. As it is informed on the portal neftegaz.ru, this year the plan of oil extraction of the company in Novoportovskoye field makes 2 million and 500 thousand tons, in Prirazlomnoye – 2 million and 100 thousand tons.