Conquering international market

The Amur Shipyard (Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk Territory) is the biggest shipbuilding company in the Far East of Russia. Next year it will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Over this time more than 300 ships have been launched at the shipyard. The company makes submarines, destroyers, cruisers, transport ships, docks and depot ships. Today, JSC Amur Shipyard is one of the most dynamically developing shipyards of Khabarovsk Territory.

In February 2004, supported by JSC the Concern of Medium and Small Tonnage Shipbuilding (KSMK) and its Director General M. Kheifits, Amur Shipyard won the tender for the contract with Russian-Vietnamese joint venture Vietsovpetro for building a transport tugboat of UT-722 type. After less than a year, on 9 September 2005, the transport tugboat with a beautiful name NGHINH PHONG (in Vietnamese “towards the wind”) was launched.

By her specifications, the tugboat of UT-722 type meets the most recent requirements, set for this class of ships. Her length is 75 meters, width – 18 meters, depth – 8 meters. With capacity of the main engines amounting to 2 x 5500 kW (2 x 7500 horse power), the ship can move with the speed of 16 knots. This multifunctional tugboat without restrictions in navigation area is designed to handle offshore oil fields activities. She can carry out various functions: towing, anchorage, gathering of oil from sea surface with special equipment, pumping of oil into tanks, initial stages of fire fighting, shipping of liquid, loose and solid cargoes, life-saving (can take aboard up to 250 people).

The tugboat is equipped with modern electronic equipment, automation equipment, latest machinery, automated positioning system and ship remote control system.

The project is being carried out in the framework of international ЕРС system (design, purchases of materials and equipment, construction, tests, delivery). Designing, construction and testing of the ship is being performed under supervision of Norwegian classification society Det Norske Veritas.

The project designer was Norwegian company Rolls-Royce Marine AS that provided Amur Shipyard not only with drawings of all hull structures but with schemes of all systems, circuit and installation diagrams as well. Specialists of the Vympel Shipbuilding Plant are in charge of detail designing. VMF Shipping and Rolls-Royce Marine AS handle deliveries for construction. After fitting-out on Amur Shipyard, NGHINH PHONG will undergo the final fitting-out and testing at the shipyard delivery base in the town of Bolshoi Kamen (Primorski Krai).

Other foreign companies also placed orders with Amur Shipyard. On 27 October, a seismic survey ship was laid down in one of the workshops, ordered by Indian OIL and NATURAL GAS CORPORATION Ltd. One more international contract for building a chemical carrier with the deadweight of 18500 tons was concluded with German company Hanseatic. Metal cutting for the ship’s hull has already started.

Construction of these ships, so different in their designs and involving complicated manufacturing, is carried out in accordance with international standards and requirements of the customers in all lines of activity (products quality, labor protection, production standards, etc.).

Nearly seventy-year experience of the shipyard staff, traditions of Amur shipbuilders, as well as tenacity and competence of the management suggest that Amur Shipyard should keep a secure position on international shipbuilding market.

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# 4(14), 2005