On 16 January, 2013, in Pusan (South Korea), a grand naming ceremony took place for Sovcomflot Group’s new tanker. The vessel was named in honour of the distinguished Russian maritime lawyer Anatoly Lazarevich Kolodkin.
This vessel is the third to be built as part of an agreement between OAO Sovcomflot and Zvezda-DSME shipyard – a joint venture involving United Shipbuilding Corporation (Russian Federation) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (Republic of Korea). The two other tankers – Nikolay Zuyev and Georgy Maslov – are already operating as part of the SCF fleet.
The naming ceremony was attended by Konstantin Vnukov – Russian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Sergey Frank – President of OAO Sovcomflot, relatives of Anatoly Kolodkin, and the representatives of shipbuilding enterprises.
Tanker Anatoly Kolodkin was built in accordance with all existing international and Russian standards governing navigational safety, fuel consumption and ecological protection.
The vessel’s characteristics show that not only is it one of the most up-to-date and high-tech tankers of its class, but it is also one of the most commercially effective. In particular, the energy efficiency of the new vessel is significantly lower than the base level set for ships of this class. The tanker is also designed to run for a long period on low-sulphur (0.1%) fuel.
The vessel has a draught of 14.9m. Its beam size has been increased to 46m to provide maximum cargo capacity when navigating through the Baltic staits and optimal compliance with the requirements and demands of maritime hyrocarbon shipping from oil terminals in Primorsk and Ust-Luga.
The tanker’s cargo-pumping system enables it to simultaneously transport and transfer (pump) three types of cargo stored in 12 cargo tanks, including crude oil and dark-oil products.
A specially designed rudder provides the vessel with improved propulsion efficiency and better maneuverability. The bottom of the ship is coated in special paint to prevent sea-crust.
High-tech equipment has been installed aboard the vessel to constantly monitor and regulate its speed, draught and trim, depending on the cargo load and sailing conditions.
Working and living conditions aboard the ship are fully in line with corporate standards and crew members can enjoy comfortable personal cabins.
OAO Novoship (part of SCF Group) is overseeing construction work on the vessel and will also take charge of the running and technical maintenance of Anatoly Kolodkin once she enters active service.
Technical characteristics of the vessel:
Beam size: 46m
Deadweight: 120,600 tonnes
Ship-owner, technical management: Sovcomflot Group
SCF Press Office
Sovcomflot Group is Russia’s largest shipping company and a world leader in the maritime transportation of oil, hydrocarbons and liquefied gas. The SCF fleet specialises in oil & gas shipping in challenging icy conditions and includes 158 vessels (owned & chartered) with a combined deadweight of around 12 million tonnes. A third of these vessels have a high ice class. Sovcomflot supports large-scale offshore energy projects in Russia and the rest of the world, including: Sakhalin-I, Sakhalin-II, Varandey, Prirazlomnoye, Tangguh, Escobar, and Peregrino. The company is registered in Saint-Petersburg and has representative offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, London, Limassol, Madrid, Singapore and Dubai. www.scf-group.ru
Anatoly Kolodkin (27.02.1928 – 24.02.2011) – outstanding Russian lawyer and specialist in maritime law, doctor of legal sciences, professor of Moscow State Law Academy, judge at the UN International Tribunal for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (Hamburg), and member of the International Court of Justice (in The Hague). Anatoly Kolodkin dedicated most of this life to maritime transportation and international maritime law; becoming an established representative of the USSR, and then Russia, at various international organisations. Kolodkin’s scientific works in the field of international maritime law have been published in many countries around the world. Anatoly Kolodkin is an Honoured Scientist of the Russian Federation and was awarded the Order of Honour and the Order of Friendship.