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Sovcomflot and United Shipbuilding Corporation introduce to Vladimir Putin a project of building a series of tankers at a new super yard

September 20, 2010

 The group of companies Sovcomflot and United Shipbuilding Corporation completed new shipbuilding project development. The project proposes building a series of Aframax oil carriers (118,000 DWT) and LR2 oil carriers (117,800 DWT) at the super yard Zvezda-DSME, a joint venture of Far East Shipbuilding and Ship-Repairing Center (a member of United Shipbuilding Corporation) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME). According to a representative of Sovcomflot, Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, was informed of the project when he visited the Sovcomflot exposition in the framework of the 9th International Investment Forum Sochi-2010.

“This is the first possible large-scale order for the Russian-Korean joint venture”, said Roman Trotsenko, President of United Shipbuilding Corporation. He explained, that “the building of the new oil carriers is intended to take place in Korea with the participation of Russian engineers until the new ship-yard in the bay Bolshoi Kamen’ of Primorski Krai is in full-scale operation. In Korea the Russian engineers will be learning innovative shipbuilding technology to practice it after the ship-yard is put into operation. The knowledge will help them to achieve the maximum capacity rate of the yard while executing orders of ship owners.”

Igor Tonkovidov, President of Novoship underlined, that painstaking work aimed at selection of optimum ships’ particulars and commercial parameters of contracts had been a preliminary to the choice of the ship-yard. He added, that “the offer made by the joint venture Zvezda-DSME
meets our requirements most of all. The LR2 oil carriers with the ice class 1C, which are planned to be built within the framework of the project, are designed to transport crude oil, black and white products from port terminals of the Gulf of Finland, primarily from the port of Ust-Luga.”

The group of companies Sovcomflot is one of the largest Russian infrastructural carriers with the headquarters in St. Petersburg. Their fleet accounts for 147 ships of 10.7 million DWT in total, and the current shipbuilding project includes 8 ships of 620,000 DWT in total.


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