Teekay LNG Partners has held the steel-cutting ceremony for Rudolf Samoylovich, its second of six 172,000m³ ice-class LNG newbuildings booked for the Yamal LNG project at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering yard in South Korea.
Rudolf Samoylovich is named after the Russian polar explorer who joined a geological expedition to Spitsbergen in 1912, took part in the Graf Zeppelin expedition of 1931 and led four expeditions on icebreaking ships during the 1930s. DSME started construction in April on Teekay’s Eduard Toll, the first Arc7 LNG carrier in the series, also named after a famous Russian polar explorer.
Yamal LNG should export its first cargoes from 2018. The vast US$27 billion, 16.5 million tonne a year project is a joint venture between Russia-based Novatek, Total of France and China’s Silk Road Fund.
Fifteen LNG newbuildings will deliver Yamal LNG exports to buyers in Asia, owned by Teekay LNG, Sovcomflot, Dynagas and Mitsui OSK. All the ships have icebreaking capability as the Yamal Peninsula port of Sabetta is icebound for some 300 days a year.
They are being built to a Polar Code class between PC3- PC4 standards. Each ship will be fitted with dual-fuel diesel electric propulsion systems that deliver 45MW of power, propelling the ships through 1.5m thick ice at a steady 5.5 knots year-round, navigating ice up to 2.5m thick.