The ceremony of started assembly of a new icebraeker of FESCO has taken place.

10 September 2004
On September, 9 2004 on shipyard Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Helsinki, Finland) has taken place the solemn ceremony of started assembly of the hull of a new icebreaker which is under construction on the shipyard for Far-Eastern Shipping Company PLC.

The construction of 20 blocks has been started in March 2004 and conducted at factories of shipyard in Helsinki and Turku. Now the all blocks of the hull are at a factory in Helsinki where will be the docking and welding.

The vessel is under construction on specially developed project of " double action" by Sea Northern Research center (Finland) and is intended for work on service of oil-and-gas derrick in icy conditions and all-the-year-round watching in area of a shelf oil recovery.

The uniqueness of the project and technique of the icebreaker is estimated by international experts. First of all the vessel differs from other ones by the equipped system of movement. The vessel equipped by 3 electric diesel engines - generators (capacity of 13 thousand watt each), and two movers of azipod type with rotation of 360 degrees, in addition carrying out a role of a rudder. All this allows a vessel to move in ice as a nose as a poop forward, thus not losing the riding qualities.

This vessel has excellent maneuverable characteristics and system of dynamic positioning that enables the icebreaker to be kept on one place concerning a ground near a platform with the maximal amplitude of fluctuation of all half-meter. Besides there is an opportunity to create the water channel in broken ice with frost penetration to the bottom, that is practically impossible of the casual type icebreaker.

One more feature of this icebreaker is the opportunity of using it as the rescuer-boat, capable to extinguish a fire and oil spills and in case of accident on a platform - to accept aboard up to 150 person.

The icebreaker named “FESCO-Sakhalin” will work under the program of the project « Sakhalin-1», according to the tender which is carried out earlier by the company «Exxon Neftegas Ltd».

Now the officers of the icebreaker already pass the special training in Norway.
Delivery of vessel to the customer is planned to spring of 2005, just on the celebrating 125-years anniversary.