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Aframax Tanker Vladimir Monomakh Takes Its First Voyage

18 January 2021

The Vladimir Monomakh, Russia’s first oil loading Aframax tanker built at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, has sailed for its first voyage. Petroleum product bunkering was carried out in Nakhodka. Rosnefteflot provided towing support for the tanker during mooring and loading.

The tanker’s keel was laid on September 11, 2018, in the presence of President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The Vladimir Monomakh was set afloat in May 2020, ahead of the contractual schedule. Last December, following successful trials, the vessel was handed over to the customer, Rosnefteflot, a subsidiary of Rosneft, which specialises in chartering and port support, implementing shipbuilding projects and managing the sea and river fleet.

The Vladimir Monomakh is the flagman ship of the Aframax tanker series. These tankers are designed for carrying oil and petroleum products in unrestricted navigation. Russia has never built such vessels before.

Aframax tankers are referred to as green tankers, for they are designed in compliance with high environmental safety standards. The main and additional power supply units can operate on the green fuel--the liquefied natural gas, which complies with new rules limiting sulphur oxides and greenhouse gases emissions in Baltic and the North Sea basins.

The tanker has length of 250 metres, width of 44 metres, deadweight of 114 thousand tonnes, and speed of 14.6 knots, with ICE-1A ice-class. The ship offers comfortable conditions for the crew: a sauna, swimming pool, gym; each crewmember has their own cabin and high-speed internet access.

The Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is established at the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre (FESRC) by the Rosneft-led consortium, upon the instruction of the President of Russia. The shipyard’s portfolio currently includes 12 Aframax tankers, 10 of which were ordered by Rosnefteflot.

The shipyard’s overall order portfolio amounts to over 50 vessels. The Shipyard’s pilot throughput is provided for by Rosneft that placed an order for 28 vessels. Zvezda’s product line will include vessels of up to 350,000 tonnes displacement, marine platforms, nuclear icebreakers and ice-class vessels, large-capacity vessels for cargo transportation, including gas carriers, specialty vessels, and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and purposes, including the equipment that had not previously produced in Russia due to the lack of required launching and hydraulic structures.

Note for Editors:

The following facilities have already been put into operation at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex: the hull production block, painting cabinets, the open heavy outfitting slipway equipped with a park of unique cranes and a state-of-the-art ship transportation system, and the floating transfer dock. The workshops built enabled the construction of a number of ships before the completion of the second stage.

Commissioning of the second stage will expand the shipyard’s capacity and allow Zvezda to build vessels and marine equipment without any limitations. The second stage comprises the following: a dry dock and additional full-cycle production shops for construction of large-capacity vessels and marine equipment.

Information Division
January 18, 2021