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The new FESCO-SAKHALIN supply vessel will be launched in February

10 February 2005
The solemn ceremony of the new FESCO-SAKHALIN supply vessel launch will take place in February 18 on Aker Yards (Kvaerner Masa Yards), Finland. The vessel is under construction on the shipyard for Far-Eastern Shipping Company PLC.

The construction is accomplished in full accordance with the work schedule. At present there completely constructed vessel hull and movers of azipod type. All essential ship and supply equipment is delivered aboard and is now mounted. During this month the cabining and wiring works are scheduled to finish.

The vessel FESCO-SAKHALIN is under construction on specially developed project of " double action» by Sea Northern Research center (Finland) and is intended for work on service of oil-and-gas derrick in icy conditions and all-the-year-round watching in area of a shelf oil recovery.

The uniqueness of the project and technique of the icebreaker is estimated by international experts. First of all the vessel differs from other ones by the equipped system of movement. The vessel equipped by 3 electric diesel engines — generators (capacity of 13 thousand watt each), and two movers of azipod type with rotation of 360 degrees, in addition carrying out a role of a rudder. All this allows a vessel to move in ice as a nose as a poop forward, thus not losing the riding qualities.

This vessel has excellent maneuverable characteristics and system of dynamic positioning that enables the icebreaker to be kept on one place concerning a ground near a platform with the maximal amplitude of fluctuation of all half-meter. Besides there is an opportunity to create the water channel in broken ice with frost penetration to the bottom, that is practically impossible of the casual type icebreaker.

The high-class automated control systems allow to carry out watchless machinery maintenance in the common work situations at sea and in port.

One more feature of this icebreaker is the opportunity of using it as the rescuer-boat, capable to extinguish a fire and oil spills and in case of accident on a platform — to accept aboard up to 150 person. Besides the spesially designed deck is strengthened for load per area unit for carriage of heavy load.

The icebreaker named «FESCO-Sakhalin» will work under the program of the project " Sakhalin-1», according to the tender which is carried out earlier by the company «Exxon Neftegas Ltd».

The construction of separate block-sections of the icebreaker was started in March of 2004 on yards factories. Delivery of vessel to the customer is planned to May 31 of 2005.

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