Timofey Guzhenko is sailing on


The naming ceremony for Timofey Guzhenko, the Russian Arctic shuttle tanker of 70,000 DWT, ordered by the Sovcomflot (SCF) Group, took place on 19 February 2009.

This is the third vessel in a series of three enhanced ice-class vessels designed for seaborne transportation of oil from the Varandey oil field situated above the polar circle (operated by Naryanmarneftegaz, a joint venture of Lukoil and ConocoPhilips). The tanker was named after a prominent top manager of national maritime transport and the USSR Minister of Merchant Marine – Timofey Guzhenko.

The ceremony, which took place at the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyards (Republic of Korea), was attended by Igor Sechin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Sergey Shmatko, Minister of Energy; Denis Manturov, Deputy Minister of the Industry and Trade; Nikolay Tokarev, President of OAO "AK Transneft"; Sergey Bogdanchikov, President of OAO "NK "Rosneft"; Vladimir Pakhomov, President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation; Lyudmila Boginich, the daughter of Timofey Guzhenko; representatives of the financing banks and the Sovcomflot top managers.

All the Arctic shuttle tankers of the series owned by the SCF Group are registered in the Russian International Register of Shipping; their port of registry is St. Petersburg – the city where Sovcomflot is registered too. The ships are flying the State flag of the Russian Federation. Timofey Guzhenko will be accepted for operation on 24 February 2009 and the tanker will start regular voyages transporting crude oil from the Varandey terminal to the Port of Murmansk.

The tanker Timofey Guzhenko, built in compliance with the requirements of the Russian Register of Shipping and American Bureau of Shipping, has the following specifications:

Length on Average – 257.0m
Breadth Moulded – 34.0m
Draft Moulded – 14.0m
Service Speed (open water) – 16.0 knots

While designing the series of Arctic shuttle tankers of “Vasily Dinkov” type, the most advanced and unique technical solutions were applied which makes it possible to operate effectively in the Arctic seas year-round. Applying the DAT principle (double acting tanker) provides for high ice-breaking capacity of the ship, when moving both bow or astern, which reduces the maneuvering time and strengthens the safety of the vessel. The ship has an ice-enhanced hull structure in accordance with LU6 (1A Super) ice-class under the classification of the Russian Register of Shipping. The tanker is equipped with two Azipod propulsion system units, producing total power output equaling 20 mW, with the system of dynamic positioning in ice and with a helicopter pad.

The new tanker 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 Sevmornrftegaz, the subsidiary of Gazprom), also ordered by the Sovcomflot Group, are being constructed in St.Petersburg at the Admiralty Shipyards – the oldest Russian shipbuilding yard.

The tanker Timofey Guzhenko will extend the series of personalised vessels of the Group named after prominent Russian citizens, whose life and work were devoted to sea and who made significant contributions to the history of Russia.

Sovcomflot (SCF) Group is one of Russia’s biggest infrastructural enterprises. Its fleet comprises 132 vessels of 9.33 million tonnes (dwt) in total, and the shipbuilding portfolio includes 34 ships of the aggregate deadweight of 2.8 million tonnes (dwt). The average age of vessel in the tanker fleet is less than six years (the world average age is 12 years). SCF Group is a leader in the world segment of product carriers (45-47 thousand dwt), it is the second in the Aframax tanker segment (80-120 thousand dwt) and owns the biggest ice fleet. These market segments are the most in demand for Russia’s foreign trade.

Timofey Guzhenko (15.02.1918 – 10.08.2008) – the USSR Minister of Merchant Marine (1970-1986), the Hero of Socialist Labour, one of the founders of Sovcomflot Group which celebrated the 20th Anniversary as a shareholding company in 2008.

Timofey Guzhenko started work during the Second World War in the commercial port of Murmansk. After the war he worked in consecutive order, as a Director of the ports of Kholmsk, Korsakov and the Sakhalin Shipping Company. Starting from 1966 he worked as the First Deputy Minister of the USSR Merchant Marine, and then – as the USSR Minister of Merchant Marine.

A whole epoch of national fleet development is connected with the name of Timofey Guzhenko, when this branch was turned into an advanced industry of the country’s economy. Under his leadership new progressive methods of maritime transport management were introduced, which together with intensive improvement of the fleet quality and its expansion made it possible to meet the country’s demands in the transportation of the State economic cargos and allowed the USSR to reach the leading position in the international shipping market.

Varandey Project – oil transportation system in the Arctic, built in the Nenetskiy Autonomous Region.
This facility, which has no equal competitors in the world, is situated in the sea - 23 km from the coastline of the Varandey oil settlement. Fixed Offshore Ice-resistant Offloading Terminal (FOIROT), which is 65 metres high was designed to provide for no-contact mooring of tankers of up to 70 000 dwt and loading of exported oil, pumped through the oil pipeline from the shore installations built near the Varandey settlement. FOIROT is a unique offshore facility comprising ice-resistant base structure designed for operation in very low temperatures up to - 40°C and heavy pressure of ice up to 1.70 m thick, and in extreme wind and wave conditions. The terminal’s capacity is 12 million tonnes per year . Oil can be trans-shipped throughout the year.

By putting the Varandey terminal into operation a new transport corridor is opened for the delivery of large quantities of oil from the Timano-Pecherskiy oil-field region to the markets of the Western Europe and North America.

JSC Sovcomflot Press Centre