Sunkar, the third and final multifunctional module carrier vessel (MCV) built by Vard for Kazmortransflot, has now been delivered.
It joins sister ships Barys and Berkut, which were delivered in in 2017.
The three vessels were built to Vard’s 9 28 design and their draft makes them well suited to operate in the shallow waters of the northern Caspian Sea. Each vessel measures 113 m long by 21 m wide, with a draft of 4 m and a carrying capacity of 5,000 tonnes.
Fincantieri-owned offshore and specialised vessel builder Vard was contracted for the vessels in July 2016. Kazmortransflot, which is the National Sea Carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, operates the three vessels through a consortium led by Blue Water Shipping.
The three MCV’s were ordered with the intention of carrying 75 pipe-rack modules from the port of Kuryk to the installation site in the north of the Caspian Sea, where a Tengizchevroil generation plant is being constructed. When completed, the plant will increase the production capacity of the Tengiz oilfield, which is estimated to contain between 750M and 1,100M tonnes of recoverable oil.
Barys, Berkut and Sunkar were all built at Vard’s Braila shipyard in Romania.
Speaking at the time of the contract award, Vard chief executive and executive director Roy Reite said: “We are pleased to welcome Kazmortransflot as a new customer to Vard and look forward to the cooperation in this exciting project. Our shipyard in Braila has unique experience in building vessels for Kazakhstan and the Caspian Sea, and this new contract further underlines our long-term commitment to the region.”