The keel laying has taken place for the seventh of 12 LNG dual-fuel Aframax tankers Rosnefteflot has ordered from a shipyard in Far East Russia
The keel-laying ceremony for the seventh of 12 Aframax crude oil tankers ordered by Rosnefteflot has taken place at the Zvezda Shipping Complex, Primorsky region in Far East Russia.
The steel cutting started in February 2021, using a high-precision plasma gas-cutting machine. Zvezda is now the most advanced shipyard in Russia, equipped with high-tech machining techniques using high-precision methods of metal marking, welding and cutting, including lasers to construct Arc7 ice-class LNG carriers. To build the vessels, inspection technologies are used based on non-contact measurements and 3D-modelling.
The Rosnefteflot crude oil and product Aframax tankers are designed to be LNG dual-fuelled powered from the outset and are also equipped with high-level automation systems.
The seventh Aframax tanker will be delivered in 2022 and will be named Academic Ivanter after the Russian economist, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In September 2020, the first of the 12 dual-fuel LNG ICE-1A ice-class tankers, Vladimir Monomakh, was launched.
The Zvezda Shipyard was established at the premises of the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center by a consortium of Rosneftegaz, Rosneft and Gazprombank.