New Sovcomflot tanker named in honour of Anatoly Kolodkin


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:

Class:  Aframax
Length: 249.9m
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.

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.