Recent major oil finds in the Russia Arctic region have led to a marked increase in exploration and production activities. Russian Government and Russian oil companies have invested heavily to make year–round export of oil and gas from the Barents and Pechora Seas a reality. Lukoil, in particular, is developing the Varandey terminal. Lukoil has ordered one dedicated icebreaker and one icebreaking standby/supply ship from Keppel Singmarine.
The icebreaker is capable of operating independently in the ice conditions. Built to RMRS LL7 notation, its main function is to perform ice channeling for tankers within the terminal area, assist in tanker maneuvering, mooring and loading. The icebreaking standby/supply ship is built for year–round operation within the area of the offshore oil terminal in the Barents and Pechora Seas. Built to RMRS LU7 notation, its main function is to provide limited ice escort services at the terminal area in the event that the icebreaker becomes unavailable. Operating ambient air temperatures are in the range +30°C to – 40°C. Both ships are built to “Clean Design” standards. The paper describes some of the challenges faced by the Builder during the design and construction of the vessels.