Stepan Makarov Joins Sakhalin-2 project

The new ice-class platform stand by vessel named after the famous Russian navy commander vice-admiral Stepan Osipovich Makarov arrived to the shores of Sakhalin on 6 August 2017.

Stepan Makarov was built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard in Finland. It’s one of the best vessels in its class. It was built to the latest Russian and international shipping safety standards and is capable of working under the severe conditions of the Sea of Okhotsk.
The vessel was built for Sakhalin-2 Project under a long-term agreement between Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot. With 3,880 deadweight, the vessel can accommodate 98 people on board, including 72 passengers working at the platforms.

The vessel has a special arctic-class Ampelmann Iceman gangway developed by Ampelmann on Sakhalin Energy’s request.  It is never easy to get on the platform from a vessel. However, this gangway ensures easy and safe personnel transfer to platform all year round:  it removes any relative movement/heave by instantly measuring the vessel's movement and then compensating for this movement using special hydraulic cylinders. The result: the top of the Ampelmann remains completely stationary compared to the platform structure. The result: the top of the Ampelmann attached to the platform and used for personnel transfer remains stable in relation to the vessel’s hull even with wave height up to 4 meters and wind speed up to 20 meters per second (38 knots). Stepan Makarov is the first stand by vessel in the world to use such a gangway in severe environmental conditions.

The new vessel will be sailing under the Russian flag. The purpose of the standby vessel is to ensure the safety of Sakhalin Energy’s offshore platforms personnel in the Sea of Okhotsk, respond to offshore spills, accommodate extra personnel-on-board from the platform, and support the Company’s operations in other possible ways.

The Sovcomflot-managed fleet chartered for Sakhalin-2 currently includes four Platform Supply Vessels ( Gennady Nevelskoy, SCF Endeavour, SCF Endurance and SCF Enterprise), three Aframax crude oil tankers (Zaliv Aniva, Sakhalin Island and Governor Farkhutdinov) and two LNG carriers (Grand Aniva and Grand Elena operated together with Japan's NYK). All the vessels are operated under long-term time charters with Sakhalin Energy.

Stepan Makarov vessel

11 August 2017