Marine Log

MS  Norilskiy Nickel

April 11, 2006

Aker delivers arctic container vessel

Aker Yards, Helsinki, Finland, has delivered the arctic container vessel MS Norilskiy Nickel to Russia's MMC Norilsk Nickel.

The vessel is intended for service on the Northern Sea Route.

The ship left Helsinki on March 3, 2006 for ice trials in real arctic conditions in Northern Russia.

After successful trials it was handed over to the owners in Murmansk on April 11, 2006.

MS Norilskiy Nickel is a prototype based on the double-acting ship concept developed by Aker Yards.

Norilsk Nickel has reported that its transportation strategy calls for five arctic container vessels of this type to be built.

The 14,500 dwt Arctic container vessel worth 70 million euro is 169 m long and 23 m wide, with 9 m draft. It is capable of breaking 1.5 m ice.

It will transport metallurgical products from Dudinka on the river of Yenisey to Murmansk. The vessel can navigate the ice-bound Arctic Ocean all year round, without the assistance of ice breakers.

To find the best economic and technological solutions for the vessel, several feasibility studies and ice model tests were conducted in Aker Yards Arctic ice technology laboratory.

"We are pleased to see Norilsk Nickel's belief in our design concept and in the improved transport economy it provides", says Yrjo Julin, President of Aker Yards, Finland. "We believe the Arctic Market is a growing business where Aker Yards keenly participates; and this vessel is a good example."

"Aker Yards in Finland is extremely good in the development and design of arctic vessels as was once again proved during the ice trials of this Norilskiy Nickel vessel" Dmitry Cheskis, the Deputy General Director and member of the board of MMC Norilsk Nickel announced in a statement.