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Four new icebreakers from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard with MELCAL cranes on board

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has built four icebreaking vessels for Sovcomflot, the largest shipping company in Russia.

One is a supply vessel, and three of them are stand-by vessels. All four are equipped with MELCAL cranes, for a comprehensive supply of 12 cranes. The four new vessels are being built for the North-East Sakhalin Offshore oil and gas field region where they will serve the operator of Sakhalin-2 at Sakhalin Energy Investment Co, Ltd.

“We have established a long and fair partnership with The Finnish shipyard, thanks to a high-quality product. We know how important it is for our customer to have a single supplier of deck equipment: this means reducing sourcing inconveniences and saving time and costs along the entire supply chain” said Mr Catanzaro, MELCAL CEO.

The icebreaking supply vessel, Gennadiy Nevelskoy, mainly supports oil platforms in the demanding ice Sea of Okhotsk. MELCAL has developed innovative solutions for ice-breaking and arctic vessels, such as the MELCAL Arctic Recirculation System (MARS), by allowing equipment on board to stretch operational limits in hard working environments with temperatures of -50°C.

The icebreaking stand-by vessels, Stepan Makarov, Fedor Ushakov and Yevgeniy Primakov, serve the platforms by carrying cargo and crew. These advanced vessels are designed for rescue operations and oil spill recovery. With a static capacity of 20 tons SWL at 30 meters outreach, the cranes are positioned such that it serves to transfer cargo from forwarding part of the deck towards the aft. The crane's capacities are provided for open water operations for transferring containers between vessels and for supporting overboard diving and rock dumping. Classified by RMRS, the knuckle boom type cargo cranes are able to reach the bottom in 70 m deep water with an active heave compensated system (AHC) and designed for 1 t man riding.