Vyborg Shipyard to raise flag for new icebreaker ‘Vladivostok’ during NEVA 2015 week

September 13, 2015

Recent weeks have seen continuing investment in Russia’s Arctic shipping industry and in particular its impressive icebreaker fleet. NEVA 2015 is pleased to celebrate these achievements with the official flag-raising ceremony on the lead ship of the project 21900M series – icebreaker M “Vladivostok”.

The linear diesel-electric icebreakers 21900M project, a modification of project 21900, was laid down at the Vyborg Shipyard in October 2012. Vladivstok is the lead vessel in the series of three diesel-electric icebreakers built for FSUE Rosmorport and intended for operation in the Baltic.

The vessel, classed by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, is able to overcome ice thickness of up to 1.5 meters. Vladivostok’s main purpose is the independent escorting of large capacity vessels, towing, extinguishing fires on floating facilities and other structures, providing assistance to ships in distress, and the transportation of cargo.

Vyborg Shipyard OSJC is one of the largest shipbuilding companies of the North-Western Region of Russia with over 60 years’ experience in shipbuilding. Vyborg Shipyard is a member of the United Shipbuilding Cooperation and recently confirmed a contract with Aker Arctic for two new icebreakers based on the Aker ARC 130 A design. These icebreakers will be used in the oil terminal operated by LLC Gazprom, NeftNovy Port, in the Gulf of Ob and will be designed to break 2m level thick ice ahead and astern.

The official flag-raising ceremony for the ‘Vladivostok’ will be held at the Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment in the city centre of St. Petersburg at 14.00 hrs on 23 September. For those wishing to attend the ceremony there will be transport organised from the Expoforum exhibition centre. For further details, please contact – Anna S. Shatilina, panfilovaas@vsy.ru

It is expected that the flag-raising ceremony will be attended by representatives of federal and regional authorities, specifically the Ministry of Transport, Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Marine and River Transport, FSUE “Rosmorport”, as well as representatives of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Russian Maritime Register, customers, suppliers and other partners of the company.