Zvezda Shipyard (Bolshoy Kamen, Primorsky Territory) is completing preparations for sea trials of the Vladimir Monomakh tanker, the first Aframax-class tanker built in Russia. The vessel will go to Rosnefteflot's disposal.
The deadweight of the Vladimir Monomakh tanker is 114 thousand tons, its length reaches 250 m, and its width is 44 m. The Aframax class includes ships with a deadweight of 80-119 thousand tons.
The new vessel has an ice class 1A and will be able to reach a speed of 14.6 knots. The tanker is equipped with a helicopter pad.
Rosneft manages the Zvezda shipyard development project and is the largest customer for the plant's products. In particular, Zvezda will have to build 10 Aframax-class tankers for Rosneft, among which Vladimir Monomakh is a pilot.
The laying of the tanker took place in September 2018, and its launching took place in May 2020. By now, the vessel has already passed the stage of mooring tests and starting the main engine.
Tankers of this series will be able to operate both on traditional marine fuel and on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Zvezda is currently building several more tankers of the series, but has not yet revealed the exact dates of their commissioning.
The shipyard also has a large order for the construction of 15 LNG carriers, which will serve the Arctic LNG 2 plant. The pilot tanker of the series is ordered by Sovcomflot, and the remaining 14 tankers are ordered by Smart LNG, a joint venture between Sovcomflot and Novatek.