Russia's first Arctic Shuttle Tanker named "Vasily Dinkov"


The naming ceremony for the first Russian Arctic shuttle tanker (70,000  tonnes deadweight), ordered by the Sovcomflot Group, took place on 18 December  2007. She is the first in a series of three enhanced ice-class tankers, designed  to transport oil from the Varandey oil field within the Arctic Circle (operated  by Naryanmarneftegaz - a joint venture between Lukoil and ConocoPhillips). The  ship takes her name from a prominent senior executive of Russia’s oil and gas  industry – Vasily Aleksandrovich Dinkov.
The tankers of this series are  “Vasily Dinkov”, “Timofey Guzhenko” and “Kapitan Gotsky”. They will all be  entered in the Russian International Shipping Register, with St. Petersburg  being their port of registry and will fly the Russian Federation flag.

The naming ceremony took place at the Samsung Heavy  Industries shipyard (Republic of Korea). It was attended by a delegation from  St. Petersburg, headed by the city’s Governor Valentina Matviyenko. Other  delegates included: Gleb Ivashenzov, the Russian Ambassador to the Republic of  Korea; Valery Ermolayev, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Korea;  Aleksandr Misharin, Deputy Minister of Transport, Sovcomflot Board member;  Andrey Dutov, Head of the Federal Industry Agency, Anatoly Barkov,  Vice-President of Lukoil; Andrey Aprelenko, Director General of Rosnefteflot;  Sergey Kolesnikov, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Vyborgsky Shipbuilding Yard;  Sergey Frank, President and CEO of Sovcomflot; and representatives from the bank  syndicate providing the finance.
“Vasily Dinkov” is built in compliance with  the requirements of the Russian Register of Shipping and the American Bureau of  Shipping, has the following specifications (dimensions in metres):
Length  Overall – 257.0m
Breadth Moulded – 34.0m
Draft Moulded – 14.0m
Service  Speed (open water) – 16.0 knots.

The Arctic shuttle tankers of the  “Vasily Dinkov” class incorporate the most advanced and unique technical  features. These will make it possible to operate the ships in temperatures of  minus 40°C, breaking ice of up to 1.5 metre thick without an icebreaker escort.  The ships have an ice-enhanced hull structure, designed in accordance with LU6  (1A Super) ice-class, under the classification of the Russian Register of  Shipping. The tankers are equipped with two Azipod propulsion units, with a  total power output equivalent to 20mW. The ships all have a dynamic positioning  system for use in ice and a helicopter pad.

The new tankers meets all the  international requirements related to the safety of navigation and the  protection of marine environment.
Similar tankers - “Kirill Lavrov” and  “Mikhail Ulyanov” - designed to ship oil from “Prirazlomnoye”, another Arctic  oil field (operated by Sevmorneftegaz, the subsidiary of Gazprom), have also  been ordered by the Sovcomflot Group. These are being constructed in St.  Petersburg at the Admiralty Shipyards - the oldest Russian  shipyard.

Sovcomflot Group is one of Russia’s largest  infrastructural enterprises. Its fleet comprises 124 vessels with a total  deadweight of 8.7 million tonnes. The Group has a new-building order book of 31  vessels with an aggregate deadweight (DWT) of 2.8m tonnes. The average age of  the tanker fleet is six years (the world average age is 12 years). The  Sovcomflot Group is the global leader in product carriers (45-47,000 tonnes  DWT); the second largest in the Aframax segment (80-120,000 tonnes DWT) and it  owns the biggest ice fleet. These market segments are the most in demand for  Russia’s foreign trade.

Vasily Aleksandrovich Dinkov (25  December 1924 – 25 June 2001) was Minister of the Gas Industry (1985 –1989) and  Minister of the Oil Industry (1985 – 1989).  He was also honoured as a Hero of  Socialist Labour. Vasily Dinkov was a veteran of the Second World War. He began  his career as a junior engineer and reached the top positions in the oil and gas  industry. Under his supervision, major reforms in the national gas industry took  place. He was Minister of the Oil Industry during a difficult period in its  development. During his tenure he led a significant restructuring of the  industry and facilitated a step-change in Russia’s oil production.