With more than 65 years of experience in shipbuilding, Vyborg Shipyard PJSC today is one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the North-Western Region of Russia. Since its foundation in 1948, the company has built more than 200 vessels with a deadweight of up to 12,000 tonnes, with a total displacement of 1,550,000 tonnes. To ensure its impeccable reputation continues, the company employs more than 1500 personnel, many of which are specialists that are certified by the leading international classification societies such as Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, RINA, Germanischer Lloyd and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
Core activities of Vyborg Shipyard are the construction of small and medium tonnage vessels, a service that began more than 50 years ago when the company began building and trading vessels such as timber carriers, cargo ships, container vessels, and special vessels. Well-equipped for constructing vessels to the optimum levels of quality and safety, the shipyard is able to perform the full production cycle, from the issue of working documentation, to planning, calculations, procurement, fabrication, testing and, finally, the handing over of a completed vessel to the customer both on time and at the agreed contract price.
In addition, the company has gained a leading reputation for building drilling platforms for open seas in Russia over the last 35 years. Indeed, since entering the oil and gas market in 1978, Vyborg Shipyard has been involved in major projects such as building offshore facilities for the Caspian Sea block-modules and pontoons for six semi-submersible drilling rigs along with four ‘turnkey’ built drilling rigs. Moreover, during the period of 1994 to 1997, the company performed modernisation works on two semi-submersible drilling platforms in order to allow them to work in the Atlantic at a sea depth of up to 2000 metres. To extend columns and pontoons of the platforms during this project, a unique lifting operation was performed. The capabilities and expertise of the company within this sector has not gone unnoticed in the industry, with Vyborg Shipyard being recognised as the best company in the construction of floating drilling rigs and supply vessels at the tenth annual Neftegazshelf 2015 conference.
Alongside operations within these areas, the versatile Vyborg Shipyard is also able to take on special projects, ship repair and modernisation and steel production. Special projects include the production of a power distribution module for the first sea ice-proof stationary platform in the world, which was delivered on June 4th 2006.
More recent projects for the shipyard include the construction of two project 21900M icebreakers, Vladivostok and Murmansk, under the Federal Target Programme for the Development of the Transport System of Russia (2010 – 2015). In comparison to the older project 21900 class icebreakers, the newer project 21900M vessels boast higher performance characteristics and has been classified by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS) as the ice class, Icebreaker6. Intended for operations in the Baltic Sea and the Northern Sea Route along the Russian Arctic coast, the vessels will have a maximum icebreaking capability of 1.5 metres.
With Vladivostok fully constructed in mid 2015, the official ceremony of lifting the National Flag onto the vessel took place on September 23rd where it was announced the most up-to-date and most powerful of all diesel-electric powered icebreakers in operation within the Russian Federation. Following the ceremony, Vyborg Shipyard completed sea trials of the icebreaker in October 2015; these trials included testing the vessel’s speed and manoeuvring characteristics, performance and compatibility of ship systems and equipment as well as operation capacity of the propulsion plant alongside electrical, radio and navigation equipment. Confirmed to be in compliance of all technical characteristics of the icebreaker technical design by Vyborg Shipyard specialists, the vessel was then delivered to the customer.
Hot on the heels of its sister vessel was the Icebreaker Murmansk project 21900M, which was delivered to the Federal Agency of Marine and River Transport on 25th December 2015. With a full range of design and turnkey construction works completed on these projects, the icebreakers 21900M will ensure optimum winter navigation assistance in the Baltic Sea as well as the Arctic region. As part of the commemorative event, the icebreaker Murmansk also had the flag of the Russian Federation hoisted onto it. Both vessels will offer independent ice escorting of heavy tonnage vessels, as well as towage, fire fighting on floaters and other facilities; additionally, they will offer salvage and assistance to distressed vessels as well as the transportation of cargoes.
Following the hand over of Vladivostok and Murmansk, the company is now focusing on the construction of the third serial build Icebreaker Novorossiysk project 21900M. With the solemn launching ceremony taking place on October 29th, the company has since been busy performing further outfitting works in advance of sea and ice trials before the vessel will be delivered as part of the development of the Russian transport system (2010 – 2020).
With the keel-laying ceremony of the icebreaking support vessels for Gazprom Neft taking place in November and December 2015, the company has enjoyed a fruitful 2015 thanks to its dedication to quality, safety, efficiency, innovation and punctuality. As it moves forward, this proven reputation is certain to result in continued success for Vyborg Shipyard as major shipping and oil and gas firms increasingly rely on the company to deliver the very best solutions to their ever-evolving requests.
Leading shipyard in Russia
Recently constructed icebreaker 21900 M Vladivostok
Preparing to construct another vessel currently