On 11 October 2017, the naming ceremony took place for Fedor Ushakov, a new multifunctional icebreaking standby vessel (IBSBV) built for Sakhalin-2 project under a long-term agreement between Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot.
The vessel is named after Admiral Fedor Ushakov (1745–1817), a legendary Russian naval commander, who did not suffer a single defeat throughout his entire career and plays one of the key role in the development of Russia’s Black Sea fleet.
The construction of the vessel was carried out by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was providing technical supervision during the construction of the vessel as well as the other ones for the Sakhalin-2 project.
It is the third in a series of four multifunctional 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 already been started operations on Sakhalin-2 project: Gennadiy Nevelskoy, in the spring of 2017, and Stepan Makarov, in the summer of 2017.
The vessels of this series are among the best in their class and are purpose-designed for operating in challenging ice conditions of the Sea of Okhotsk. The vessels’ design and equipment allows them to ensure the safety of Sakhalin-2’s personnel, employed at three offshore production platforms, and a rapid response to emergency situations throughout the year.
Fedor Ushakov will have Saint Petersburg as her home port and is registered under the Russian flag. The all-Russian crew numbers 28.
The naming ceremony was attended by: Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice-President and Technical Director of Sovcomflot, Paul Eykhout, Offshore Asset Manager at Sakhalin Energy.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University (AUMSU). The vessel’s godmother is Tatyana Timchenko, Ph.D. in Economics, Vice-Rector of AUMSU, Associate Professor at the Organisation of Transportation and Transport Management Department, Head of the Customs Law Department.
Sovcomflot currently operates ten vessels that serve Sakhalin-2: three oil tankers; two LNG carriers, and five icebreaking supply and standby vessels.
13 October 2017