DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering)’s technological capabilities have opened an era for transport of clean energy LNG via the North Arctic Sea (NAS).
The world’s first ice-breaking LNG carrier built by DSME was named at a ceremony as ‘Christophe de Margerie’ on last June 3 at Saint Petersburg based in Russia.
The naming ceremony for the world’s first ice-classed LNG carrier was held, attended by His Excellency Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has paid special attention to Yamal Project at the outset, South Korean Ambassador Park No-Byeok to Russia, President & CEO Sung Leep Jung of DSME together with other 140 related officials.
The carrier measures 299m in length, 50m in width, and is ice-classed ‘ARC-7’ capable of breaking ice 2.1m thick. She can carry 173,600cbm LNG, which S. Korea as a whole can consume for two days.
The world’s first ice-classed LNG carrier was named ‘Christophe de Margerie’ by Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of the Russian Federal Council, as her sponsor. The vessel was named in memory of French Total’s former Chairman Christophe de Margeri who passed away from the air flight accident at Moscow in 2014.
DSME said, “We received in 2014 from the shipowner all of the orders for 15 ice-classed LNG carriers valued for a total of $4.8 billion ($330 million apiece) in recognition of our development of the world’s top-class technological capabilities of building ships for arctic service we have steadily achieved since 2008.”
Notably in last March, DSME was considered to have perfectly met the requirement of the carrier’s eco-friendliness and energy-efficiency upon successfully passing the test of navigating the frozen sea as the last barrier. At the present moment, the rest of 14 ice-classed LNG carriers are under construction for delivery to be completed until the first half of 2020.
Backed up by its successful delivery of the first LNG carrier, DSME plans to enhance its reliability and drive its management normalization by focusing on the world-top class technological capabilities with know-how including quality improvement, shortening delivery period and saving production cost.
Russian President Putin said at the naming ceremony address in the day, “The vessel will open the door widely for the Yamal Project to possibly provide the North Arctic shipping service previously considered uncertain.” He added, “It will make a big contribution to development of the energy service industries not only in Russia and Europe but also elsewhere over the world.”
President and CEO Sung Leep Jung of DSME said: “There have been difficulties with the arctic transport service development due to its restriction, but DSME’s technological capabilities have opened an era for NAS Service. If the NAS service develops in full swing ahead, DSME will enjoy most benefit from its high-level technological capabilities to build ships operating via NAS Route.”
Meanwhile, 15 vessels built by DSME will be deployed via NAS Route to transport LNG from Sabetta Port based in Russia to other areas in Asia and North Europe.