Kongsberg Maritime has signed an equipment supply contract with Russian LNG producer Novatek to supply deck machinery for six LNG carriers
The agreement will see Kongsberg supply a range of electric frequency converter-driven deck machinery for six ice-class LNG carriers, with an option for a further four, chartered by Novatek and destined for operation in the waters of northwest Siberia.
The vessels will be built by South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and will each be equipped with two combined windlasses and mooring winches capable of handling a 17-tonne anchor with 111-mm anchor chain, plus a further seven mooring winches.
Designed to operate under extreme temperatures as low as -52°C, the windlasses and mooring winches will also feature a customised modification in the form of an electrically operated, spring-loaded band brake, as requested by Novatek.
Kongsberg Maritime senior vice president deck machinery motion control, Espen Liset said “These Ice Class Arc7 LNG carriers are made to navigate winter/spring ice thickness of up to 1.8 m. Our customised deck machinery system is designed for ease of installation and reliable operation in such harsh environments. Selecting our stainless-steel brake drum surfaces allows consistent smooth operation.”
Kongsberg Maritime will also supply control systems and load monitoring for the winches, with further integration to the company’s automation systems available as an option. The company said the contract represented an indicator of its future growth.
Kongsberg Maritime senior vice president sales & regional operations, APAC, Leo Pantazopoulos said “Working with Novatek will sharpen our competitive edge in the fast-growing, Russian-owned Arctic market, reinforcing our reputation as a reliable supplier with efficient support infrastructure. I would like to thank our teams for working so well collaboratively, and with such a dedicated sense of purpose, to bring this contract agreement to fruition.”
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