Fedor Litke icebreaker heads to Arctic mission
This past November, the Arc7 ice-class LNG carrier, Fedor Litke, was delivered to the Novatek-operated Yamal LNG export project in the Russian Arctic. This Yamalmax-class, Cyprus-flagged vessel is a follow-up to Sovcomflot’s Christophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-breaking LNG vessel.
Built by South Korean shipbuilder DSME, Fedor Litke is a 172,410m3 LNG vessel that is 300 meters long and is capable of breaking through 2.1m-thick ice. It advances in a stern-first direction, without ice-breaker assistance. The carrier’s namesake is Count Fyodor Litke (1797–1882), a Russian navigator, geographer, and Arctic explorer.
Fedor Litke can be operated year-round in temperatures as low as -50°C and in extreme environments, such as the Kara Sea. It is equipped with three Azipod 45MW-joint-capacity propulsion units. Its dual-fuel, diesel-electric propulsion system, which drives the three Azipod thrusters, delivers power comparable to a nuclear-powered ice breaker’s output.
Classed by Bureau Veritas, it features membrane-type gas containment system NO96 built by France’s GTT, enhanced for Arctic applications.
A joint venture, consisting of two Chinese companies and Greek-based Dynagas, owns this state-of-the-art LNG carrier, with Dynagas owning the majority 49% stake. The joint venture will build five of the 15 Arc7 ice-class vessels required to serve the Yamal project.
The three-train Yamal LNG plant, designed to produce about 16.5 million tons per year, will liquefy natural gas from the South Tambey field at high-efficiency production rates. During winter, LNG is supplied at European terminals from which conventional LNG carriers pick it up for delivery to final customers. During Arctic summers from July to November, when ice cover is at its thinnest, LNG is delivered to Asian-Pacific markets via the Northern Sea Route.
Photo Credit: Dynagas