Russia: Gazprom’s first LNG bunkerine arrives
31 May 2021 - ConferenzaGNL
The first Russian small-scale LNG refueling vessel, with a capacity of 5,800 cubic meters, has completed sea trials and is expected to join Gazprom Neft’s fleet in the second half of this year. The ship will operate mainly in the Baltic Sea for ship to ship supplies at the ports of St. Petersburg, Ust-Luga and Primorsk.
The ship is 100 meters long and 19 meters wide. The Arc4 Ice Class reinforced hull allows her to navigate one year of ice up to 80 cm thick, independently. Keppel Singmarine, a unit of Keppel Offshore & Marine of Singapore, won the contract to build the ship in December 2018.
Launched in December 2020, the ship was named after Russian chemist and researcher Dmitry Mendeleev. Completed the set-up, the tests of the main propulsion systems, navigation equipment and control systems are now underway. Finally, the LNG loading, storage and unloading systems will be tested. Equipped with Wartsila engines, she has an integrated digital system that allows a single crew member to control the ship directly from the bridge.
Source: LNG Prime