HELSINKI, Finland -- STX RO Offshore Braila SA shipyard in Romania has awarded Aker Arctic a $3.5 million contract for the technical project and class approvals on three plus two shallow draught icebreaker tugs. The vessels will be used by Caspian Offshore Construction group for work on its North Caspian Kashagan oil field developments.
The 66 m x 16 m (217 ft x 52 ft) vessels will feature 50-ton (45-metric-ton) minimum bollard pull, an independent icebreaking performance in up to 1-m (3.3-ft) level ice, rubble ice clearing capability, as well as capabilities for ice management, firefighting, rescue, and evacuation in an H2S cloud. The vessel will push and tow barges to the Kashagan field.
The vessels will be built in Bureau Veritas class Tug/Fire Fighting Ship 1 and have ice class 1A Super Special Service – North Caspian Sea Icebreaker with ice breaking capability up to 0.6-m (2-ft) level ice thickness.