Yamal LNGC 1호선 진수식DSME launches 1st ice-breaking LNGC
Published [ 2016-01-19 07:09 ]
The world's first ice-breaking LNG carrier has revealed its appearance at Okpo Bay, Geoje city of Korea.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering announced on January 18 that the Korean shipbuilding giant successfully launched an ice-breaking LNG carrier at its Okpo shipyard.
The vessel is the first one of Yamal series that is comprised of 15 LNG carriers (worth around $4.1bn) in total. Daewoo won the newbuilding project in 2014.
With dimensions of 299m in length along with 50m in width, the 170,000 cbm vessel is capable of sailing in the Arctic Ocean and breaking 2.1m thick ice.
A special ceremony was held on January 15 to celebrate the launch. It was attended by Jung Sung-Leep, CEO of Daewoo, President and CEO of SCF Group that ordered the first ice-breaking LNG carrier, CEO of Novatek, etc.
Yamal project is a mega deal worth around $4.1bn, aiming at exporting LNG that is produced in Yamal Peninsula, Siberia of Russia. The national project was concluded between Korea and Russia when Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Korea in November, 2013.
The vessel which has been launched this time is ARC-7 ice-breaking LNG carrier. Existing ice-breaking vessel breaks ice under its own weight, however Yamal LNG carrier breaks ice with its own propulsion.
Accordingly, its hull is made of high strength thick plate. To have stable and strong drive force, also, the vessel is equipped with a propeller that rotates a full 360 degrees as well as three POD Propulsers which are capable of moving back and forth.