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Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex Carries Out First Launch of Aframax Tanker Main Engine

09 September 2020

The Zvezda Shipbuilding complex successfully carried out the first launch of the main engine of Vladimir Mohomakh Aframax tanker. That’s the final part of mooring tests of the vessel that shows positive results of Aframax systems and equipment tests and settings, as well as tanker readiness for sea trials. 

At the moment commissioning and coating works at the vessel have been finished, fire suppression systems have been commissioned. Before the launch the main engine was centered. The tanker is being prepared for sea trials. It is planned to transfer the ship to the customer - Rosneft subsidiary Rosnefteflot - that specialises on freight and port provision, implementation of shipbuilding projects and sea and river fleet management.

Aframax oil loading tankers are designed for carrying oil and petroleum products in unrestricted navigation. The length of the tanker is 250 metres, width 44 metres, deadweight 114 thousand tonnes, speed 14.6 knots, ice-class ICE-1A. The tanker has a helicopter pad.

 Vladimir Monomakh is the first-in-class Aframax tanker never built in Russia before. The keel of the first tanker was laid on September 11, 2018, in the presence of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. In May 2020, the ship was launched ahead of contractual time frame.

For now, Zvezda Shipbuilding complex portfolio includes 12 Aframax tankers, 10 of which were ordered by Rosnefteflot. At the moment there are five such tankers being manufactured and built in the shipyard shops and on the berth.

Vladimir Monomakh became the first Russian Afromax vessel. These “green” vessels are designed in compliance with high environmental safety standards. The main and additional power supply units can operate on the green fuel - the liquified natural gas - which complies with new rules limiting sulphur oxides and greenhouse gases emissions in Baltic and the North Sea basins.

Note for Editors:

Zvezda Shipyard is established at the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center (FESRC) by a consortium led by Rosneft, upon the instruction of the President of Russia.

The shipyard project includes operating objects that have already been commissioned - hull production block, painting cabinets and open heavy outfitting berth, as well as second-train objects under construction, such as the biggest in Russia dry dock (overall dimensions 485m x 114m x 14m).

Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is designed for the production of large-capacity vessels, ice-class vessels with a displacement of up to 350,000 tonnes, special-purpose vessels, and other marine equipment. The shipyard portfolio already contains over 40 vessels.

Rosneft
Information Division
September 9, 2020