Sovcomflot expands fleet with new icebreaking standby vessel

A naming ceremony for Sovcomflot’s new icebreaking standby vessel (IBSBV) Stephan Makarov was held on Thursday.

The vessel was constructed at the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard and was commissioned under a long-term agreement between SCF and Sakhalin Energy for the Sakhalin-2 project.

The Russian-flagged vessel will be responsible for ensuring the safety of the personnel on the offshore oil and gas production platforms of Sakhalin Energy in the Sea of Okhotsk, to respond to emergency spills at sea and to support the company’s operations within its technical capabilities.

The Stephan Makarov is the first of three identical vessels ordered by SCF Group for operations at the Sakhalin-2 project.

One more ship commissioned by SCF for this project, an icebreaking supply vessel Gennadiy Nevelskoy, has already been delivered and arrived at Sakhalin Island in April 2017.

The agreement between SCF Group and Sakhalin Energy, signed in 2014, involves the operation of all four vessels for twenty years under the Sakhalin-2 project.

According to Sovcomflot, the vessel was named after Stepan Makarov, a Russian admiral and a polar explorer who played a prominent role in establishing the Russian icebreaker fleet.

“He introduced the idea to use icebreakers for Arctic Ocean exploration, and was directly involved in the design and construction of Yermak, the world’s first Arctic icebreaker (1898),” SCF said.

Vladimir Emelianov, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of SCF Group, said: “SCF Group continues to implement its current strategy and steadily expands the involvement of its fleet in long-term energy projects, Sakhalin-2 taking a prominent place among them. Servicing offshore oil and gas fields, especially in regions with harsh environments, is one of the priority segments for SCF Group.

“Today, SCF is already the world’s biggest operator of offshore supply and standby vessels. Adding Stepan Makarov to our fleet enables us to strengthen SCF’s leadership, and take a further step forward in reaching the company’s strategic objectives. I express my gratitude to Sakhalin Energy, our esteemed partner, for their long-standing support and confidence which allows us to achieve sustainable results, especially in the regions where the professionalism and experience of our crews are particularly important.”

As part of the Sakhalin-2 project, SCF Group already operatesfour platform supply vessels (Gennadiy Nevelskoy, SCF Endeavour, SCF Endurance, and SCF Enterprise); three Aframax crude oil shuttle tankers (Zaliv Aniva, Sakhalin Island, and Governor Farkhutdinov), and two LNG carriers (Grand Aniva and Grand Elena), both operated together with Japan’s NYK Line. All the vessels are operated under long-term time charter contracts with Sakhalin Energy.

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