Dmitry Mendeleev, Russia’s first LNG bunker vessel, completed several days of sea trials recently. The vessel is currently undergoing testing on its loading, storing, and gas transfer systems before being commissioned for Gazprom Neft.
Alexey Medvedev, General Director of Gazpromneft Marine Bunker said that the vessel’s high technical characteristics of maneuverability, which allows the vessel to operate in ‘almost any’ climatic zone, were successfully demonstrated in the open sea testing. The commissioning of the bunker vessel Dimitry Mendeleev is scheduled for the second half of 2021. Before which, gas tests will take place, where specialists will check the vessel’s gas equipment.
The bunker vessel is being built by the Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China. It is a mid-sized LNG bunker vessel. The vessel has a capacity of up to 5800 m³ of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The ship has an approximate length of 328 feet, and a beam of 62-foot.
Some of the most interesting features of the vessel includes, the hull being reinforced to comply with the ARC4 Ice Class. This allows independent navigation of the ship in first-year ice, measuring up to 0.8 meters thick. Also, it is equipped with a digital integrated system, which allows the vessel to be operated by just one person from the navigation bridge. In terms of sustainability, the boil-off gas of the transported cargo is used, as fuel for the power plant. The LNG bunkering equipment of the vessel complies with the MARPOL convection, and is ECO-S environmental standard certified.
The vessel is set to become a part of the Gazprom Neft fleet in the second half of 2021, operating in the ports of the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea, between St. Petersburg, Ust-Luga and Primorsk, Russia.