On 3 February 2018 in St. Petersburg a solemn ceremony for the naming and raising of the state flag of the Russian Federation aboard the new multifunctional icebreaking standby vessel Evgeny Primakov was held.
Today, by its characteristics, the ship is one of the best in its class, combining high maneuverability, power and passenger capacity. Despite a fairly small size, Evgeny Primakov is able to take up to 300 people on board to evacuate and transport them to the nearest port.
The Evgeny Primakov vessel is designed and equipped for operating year-round for executing multiple tasks such as provide the personnel of the platforms with supplies, carry emergency and rescue response, and other maritime surface and subsurface operations when required.
Permanent presence of such vessels in the Sea of Okhotsk will enhance safety and reliability of operations.
The Evgeny Primakov will have Saint Petersburg as per her home port and is registered under the Russian flag. The crew will consist of Russian citizens.
The ceremony was attended by Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of St. Petersburg, Viktor Olersky, Deputy Minister of Transportation of the Russian Federation – Head of Federal Marine and River Transport Agency, Ole Myklestad, Production Director of Sakhalin Energy, Sergey Frank, Chairman of the Executive Board of Sovcomflot.
Mr Primakov’s family members were the special guests at the ceremony. Viktoria Marich, Vice-rector for International Relations at the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, was chosen as Godmother for the new vessel.
In his ceremonial speech, Mr Rogozin said the following: “Today’s event is an important way to remember Evgeny Primakov. This vessel will operate in severe environment, including ice conditions and low temperatures, and will face difficult weather, sea storms and other challenges – very much like Mr Primakov himself. A more common vessel would have hardly been named after Evgeny Primakov, but this one, which is destined to serve Russia, deserves it without doubt”.
Ole Myklestad, Production Director of Sakhalin Energy, highlighted: “Evgeny Primakov is one of four vessels built for Sakhalin-2 project under a long-term agreement between Sakhalin Energy and Sovcomflot. I am personally pleased to see Evgeniy Primakov as well as other vessels joining Sakhalin-2 and providing reliable services for many years to come. I am pretty sure the presence of such vessels in our fleet make us stronger and strengthen our positions further”.
Sergey Frank, PAO Sovcomflot Director General, highlighted: “The Far Eastern region is a priority area for Sovcomflot’s operations and our company has been increasingly expanding into this area by servicing Sakhalin’s major oil and gas projects. Sovcomflot has dedicated 20 vessels for its services to Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2. The Evgeny Primakov is one of Sovcomflot’s best vessels in terms of technical capacity, multifunctionality and power-to-weight ratio. Evgeny Primakov’s activity as the Chairman of the Russian Federation Government was in many ways supportive of the sustainable development of Sovcomflot. This vessel embodies our long-term ship operation experience in severe ice conditions, as well as the experience of many generations of Russian seamen”.
The construction of the vessel was carried out by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was providing technical supervision during the construction of the vessel as well as the other ones for the Sakhalin-2 project.
Sovcomflot is currently operating ten vessels for Sakhalin-2: three oil tankers, two LNG carriers and five platform supply vessels and five supply and support vessels.