Gazprom Neft suggested that the Andrey Vilkitsky icebreaker, constructed as a part of Gazprom Neft’s “Time of the Arctic” programme, has been launched in St Petersburg — the Alexander Sannikov icebreaker and 6 oil tankers having already been introduced into operation.
These cutting-edge icebreakers have been constructed to order for Gazprom Neft to function across the Novoportovskoye subject’s Arctic terminal within the Gulf of Ob (a part of the Kara Sea), guaranteeing year-round provides of Novy Port oil to the worldwide market. They are designed to carry out operational actions together with icebreaking tanker assist, mooring and loading operations, vessel towing, fire-fighting, and oil-spill response and lifesaving operations.
The icebreaker is known as in honour of the well-known Russian hydrographer, surveyor and polar explorer Andrey Vilkitsky. The vessel was designed and constructed on the Vyborg Shipyard to function in freshwater programs within the Arctic, that are lined by as much as two to 2.5 metres of ice for 200 days of the 12 months: a job made extra difficult by sturdy gales and the shallow waters of the Gulf of Ob. Icebreaking vessels such because the Alexander Sannikov and the Andrey Vilkitsky are very important in guaranteeing uninterrupted oil provides from the Polar Circle, carving water channels by way of which tankers could make their method, safely and unhindered, to the Arctic Gates terminal.
The Andrey Vilkitsky’s distinctive hull permits it to chop by way of and break up the ice relatively than merely crushing it like different nuclear icebreakers, whereas its shallow draught and manoeuvrability make sure the effectivity of the vessel. The Andrey Vilkitsky can speed up as much as 16 knots (30 kilometres per hour) in open waters, can full a full flip inside a minute and, with propulsion energy of 22 MW, demonstrates icebreaking capability comparable with nuclear icebreakers of far higher energy — benefits made doable by the development of its hull and three Azipod azimuth thrusters, able to being rotated 360 levels, situated within the stern and bow. (Source and picture: Gazprom Neft)
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