NS Yakutia – the new bulk carrier of SCF Group

On 21 January 2013, Novoship (SCF Group) launched NS Yakutia – a Panamax ice class 1B bulk carrier.

The new vessel (DWT 74,000 tonnes) was built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea under the supervision of two classification societies: the Russian Maritime register of Shipping and the American Bureau of Shipping.

Novoship’s President, Yury Tsvetkov, took part in the ceremony. The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was represented by Vice-Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) - Resident Representative in the Far Eastern Federal District, Georgiy Nikonov.

NS Yakutia is the second bulk carrier ordered by SCF Group in summer 2010. The first vessel in the series, NS Energy, joined the SCF fleet in November 2012. Novoship was overseeing the construction of the vessels and is now responsible for their technical operation.

By launching modern bulk carriers like NS Energy and NS Yakutia, Sovcomflot is strengthening its positions in this maritime transportation sector. The new vessels are primarily intended for operations in the Baltic (the port of Ust-Luga) and the Far East (the port of Vanino). The bulk carrier NS Yakutia has been chartered by SUEK for the transportation of coal in the Far East.

The bulk carriers NS Energy and NS Yakutia have also been classified as ENVIRO vessels, indicating a higher level of environmental protection and safety. These vessels have reinforced double hull and double bottom and a modernised fuel-supply system which ensures the failsafe operation of auxiliary electricity generators running on low velocity marine diesel oil. These new bulk carriers are also equipped with an approved ballast water management system in full accordance with the new D2 standards from the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, which will soon come into force. Each cargo hold has been additionally fitted with an internal temperature control system, a gas analysis system, a CO2 fire-extinguishing system, and a hull stress monitoring system.

The crew of NS Yakutia consists of 20 Russian seamen. The ship’s Master, Vasiliy Apiyants, has many years of experience in the company fleet.

Notes to Editors:

NS Yakutia is intended for transporting cargos, such as: coal, grain, iron ore, potash, cement and non-toxic fertiliser.

Technical characteristics of NS Yakutia:

LOA: 225.00m

Beam: 32.25m

Depth: 19.50m

Summer draft: 14.10m

Deadweight: 74,000 tonnes

Number of cargo holds: 7