Naming Ceremony for YAMAL LNGC 172K ARC-7 (2427/2428/2429) at DSME Yard on November 2nd of 2018South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has held a naming ceremony for 3 ships (Hull No. 2427/2428/2429) as the series of Yamal LNG carrier at its Okpo shipyard.
A special ceremony was held to christen the 3 vessels simultaneously on the 2nd of November 2018. It was attended by Georgy Procopiou, Founder of DYNAGAS and managing directors from CLNG, Sinotrans Shipping and ICBC Group and JSC Novatek, etc.
All of the ARC-7 vessels were named after Russian arctic explorers and scientists as “GEORGIY BRUSILOV”, “BORIS DAVYDOV” and “NIKOLAY ZUBOV”.
The vessels are the 8th, 9th and 10th of Yamal LNGC series that is comprised of 15 LNG carriers in total. Daewoo won the new building project in 2014.
The vessels were constructed under the supervision of Russian Maritime Registry of Shipping (RS) together with BV with the class notation of RS such as “KM,✪, Gas carrier type 2G(methane), AUT1-ICS, OMBO, EPP, ANTI-ICE, LI, CCO, ECO-S, WINTERIZATION(-50), BWE(E-S)
Yamal project is a mega deal worth around $5.1bn, 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 vessels are ARC-7 ice-breaking LNG carriers. Existing ice-breaking vessel breaks ice under its own weight, however Yamal LNG carrier breaks ice with its own propulsion and is capable of traversing waters north of Russia without the help of icebreakers.
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 Propulsions which are capable of moving back and forth.
With dimensions of 299m in length along with 50m in width, the 172,000 cbm vessel is capable of sailing in the Arctic Ocean and breaking 2.1m thick ice.
Novatek’s Yamal terminal has been ramping up LNG shipments faster than expected after loading its first cargo in December 2017, with two trains now running at capacity and a third being commissioned.
Although most of Yamal’s production is destined for Asia under long-standing agreements, most of the cargoes have been transported by the 10 carriers to Europe and then been transferred to other tankers for onward shipment.