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RS Class: Shturman Albanov named 2016 Ship of the Year
4 May 2017

RS Class: Shturman Albanov named 2016 Ship of the Year

Shturman Albanov, the Arctic shuttle tanker, ordered by PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and built to the RS (Russian Maritime Register of Shipping) class, has received a high rating from the judging panel of industry experts – the ship has won the award for ''2016 Ship of the Year'' at the international industrial Marine Propulsion Awards 2017. The winners were announced during the European Marine Engineering Conference held on 25 – 26 April in Amsterdam.

The voting was performed in two stages. During the first stage, candidates were evaluated by an independent panel of judges including representatives from the scientific community, business, classification societies and media. During the second stage, general public on-line voting was organized on the website of the award.

Shturman Albanov is a lead ship of series of six shuttle tankers of Project 42K Arctic Shuttle Tanker designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal Peninsula (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District) to the port of Murmansk. The tanker has been designed and operated for compliance with RS rules. RS class notation: KM✪ Arc7 AUT1-ICS OMBO LI CCO ECO-S BWM BLS-SPM Oil tanker (ESP) CSR. The ship is flying the RF flag, with St. Petersburg being its port of registry.

Konstantin Palnikov, RS Director General, noted: ''Shturman Albanov is the first tanker in the world designed to ensure all year-round large-tonnage transportation of hydrocarbons from the Gulf of Ob. It is designed with regard to the harsh climate and specific features of the waters in the Gulf of Ob. Alternatively, it is the first ship in RS class to have the Polar Ship Certificate that confirms the ship's compliance with the Polar Code requirements related to safe navigation, for example, the ability of the ship's hull to withstand severe temperature and ice conditions, sufficiency of de-icing means, ability of ship's navigation systems and communication systems to provide the ship with the required information at the high latitudes.

The unique technical characteristics of the tanker allow its effective operation at temperatures up to – 45 °C. Relatively limited draft of the ship enables it to manoeuvre freely even in shallow waters. The hull is manufactured of specific high strength structural steel with greater thickness capable to withstand severe temperatures. The propulsion plant consisting of two Azipod azimuth thrusters with a total capacity of 22 MW ensures high manoeuvrability and icebreaking capacity. A Double Acting Tanker (DAT) function allows to sail through ice drifts heavy ice fields up to 1,8 m thick autonomously when moving astern. The boiler plant uses thermal oil instead of steam for heating the tanker. It is the first large-capacity tanker with such a plant operating in the Northern Sea Route.

The bow-loading equipment enables to anchor, hold the tanker and intake crude oil from the Arctic Gate terminal. The tanker has the highest ice class of environmental safety ECO-S.

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