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New icebreaking vessel named after legendary Russian naval commander

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has held a naming ceremony for its new built-to-order icebreaking standby vessel, Fedor Ushakov, named after the legendary Russian naval commander Admiral Fedor Ushakov (1745-1817).

The Russian naval commander was said to not have suffered a single defeat throughout his career and was instrumental in the founding of the port of Sevastopol and the development of Russia’s Black Sea fleet.

Today, the Fedor Ushakov is a 3,824-dwt multifunctional vessel and the third in a series of four icebreaking supply and standby vessels commissioned by SCF Group, under a long term agreement with Sakhalin Energy – the Sakhalin-2 project operator.

Two of these vessels have been delivered earlier this year – Gennadiy Nevelskoy and Stepan Makarov.

All four vessels were contracted to United Shipbuilding Corporation, with the actual construction being carried out by its subsidiary, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard.

The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is providing technical supervision during the construction of all four commissioned vessels.

SCF Group said the vessels’ design and equipment allow them to ensure the safety of Sakhalin-2’s personnel, employed at three offshore production platforms, and provide a rapid response to emergency situations throughout the year.

SCF Group currently operates 10 vessels that serve Sakhalin-2 – three oil tankers, two LNG carriers, and five icebreaking supply and standby vessels.

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