At a festive ceremony in Sochi, on 16 September 2011, a new seismic exploration vessel called Vyacheslav Tikhonov was named for SCF Group, and a flag of Russian Federation was raised.
Russian PM Vladimir Putin and other high government and business officials took part in the ceremony.
The vessel is designed for geophysical exploration on the continental shelf of the Arctic and sub-Arctic seas, operating in harsh weather and ice conditions.
The ship is named after a prominent Soviet and Russian actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov, a recipient of numerous state awards, including the titles of People’s Artist of the USSR. His unforgettable roles, especially the most famous acting as a Soviet spy Stirlitz in the TV series “Seventeen Moments of Spring”, are very well known in the country.
During the ceremony a series of agreements were signed, including an agreement with United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) on further production of these kinds of vessels in Russia.
At the ceremony, Prime-Minister Vladimir Putin said:
"Undoubtedly, Vyacheslav Tikhonov was one of the leaders of Soviet and Russian filmmaking and of our entire culture. Similarly, this vessel will undoubtedly be a leader in the sector it is meant to develop. This is the best vessel in this class and in this industry thanks to the latest equipment for marine geological prospecting and exploration. Certainly, it will be in-demand both in the Black Sea basin and other regions. We have great prospects in this field. I am sure that the crew will be worthy of the name Vyacheslav Tikhonov and will meet the highest requirements and criteria of work. I would like to wish you success! Today, we are going to take another step forward – a step towards the localisation of production of such vessels at Russian shipyards. I am sure that our shipbuilders can do an excellent job of producing such equipment. I congratulate everyone again and wish you fair seas," - added Putin.
After the ceremony Vyacheslav Tikhonov started working under contract - seismic exploration work for the Tuapse Trough Project on behalf of OAO NK Rosneft and ExxonMobil. The operators participated in the tender by OAO Rosneft, for the implementation of marine seismic surveys on the continental shelf in the Black Sea, during 2011-2012.
SCF Group had acquired the ship under a bareboat charter agreement with Polarcus, one of the world’s leading companies specializing marine seismic exploration.
The high-tech X-bow 3D seismic exploration vessel was built in August 2011, and is the youngest of six existing vessels of this kind in the world. The vessel has modern equipment and several unique technical features. The hull, the bow and the stern of the vessel have a special form and the ship has eight seismometer cable assemblies, she also has optimised parameters for her diesel-electric propulsion system. These are technical solutions designed to maintain smooth operations at low temperatures, supported by the vessel’s enhanced ice-class and overall high safety standards.
The vessel is included in the Russian Register of Ships, she flies the Russian flag and will be managed by a Russian crew of seafarers and seismic specialists. The technical management of the ship is run by SCF Novoship, (Novorossiysk), one of the oldest and most professional tanker companies in the world.
The addition of this modern ship, to Russia’s seismic survey fleet, will expand the range of services provided to oil and gas companies operating on the Russian continental shelf. It will also give SCF access to the latest technologies for the technical management of seismic fleet, with a special focus on Arctic operations. The new vessel will reduce the technological gap between Russian contractors and the leading international seismic survey companies.
This news is another example of how SCF is developing as a strong national offshore player, with extensive expertise and focus on operating in the Arctic and harsh environments.
Sovcomflot President & CEO Sergey Frank said:
“Strengthening our fleet with the addition of this seismic vessel is fully in line with SCF’s strategy targeted towards providing specialised shipping services for Russia’s continental shelf. It is an important step towards developing a closer partnership between SCF and the consortium of Rosneft and ExxonMobil in the marine seismic segment. The Russian fleet and domestic marine geology will gain access to the latest technologies for data collection, and this undoubtedly will contribute to cutting the technological gap between Russian subcontractors and the world’s leading seismic survey companies. It promotes import substitution of services, whilst upgrading Russia’s ageing seismic fleet and equipment”.
Deadweight – 4,771 tonnes
Length overall – 84.2 metres
Breadth (moulded) – 17 metres
Crew – 22
Ice class – 1A
Streamers - 8
SCF Press Office
SCF Group (Sovcomflot) - one of the world's leading shipping companies, specializing in petroleum products and liquefied gas transportation. The fleet includes 156 vessels with a total deadweight of 11.8 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, London, Limassol, Madrid and Singapore.
The Group offers a wide range of vessels and a powerful grouping of vessels, in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot has the ability to meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies. www.scf-group.ru
ExxonMobil - brings to Russia the world experience of hydrocarbons exploration and a wide range of financial, engineering, technical, managerial and environmental knowledge. Affiliate companies of “ExxonMobil” are working in Russia since the end of 80-s. ExxonMobil is the operator of Sakhalin-1 oil & gas project, participates in Caspian pipeline consortium, sells fuels and lubricants, oil-chemical products under brands “Mobil” and “Esso” and is also occupied with the licenses for oil refining and petrochemical technologies. www.exxonmobil.ru
Rosneft - the leader of Russia’s petroleum industry, and ranks among the world’s top publicly traded oil and gas companies. The Company is primarily engaged in exploration and production of hydrocarbons, the production of petroleum products and petrochemicals, and marketing of their outputs. Rosneft has been included in the Russian Government’s List of Strategic Enterprises and Organizations. The state holds 75.16% in the Company (through OJSC ROSNEFTEGAZ), while approximately 15% of shares are in free-float (see shareholder structure). www.rosneft.ru
OAO United Shipbuilding Corporation – established by order No. 394 of the President of the Russian Federation dated 21 March 2007. One hundred percent of shares belong to the State. USC includes 9 design bureaus and 39 shipbuilding and ship repair yards. Largest shipbuilding equities: OAO PSZ Yantar (Kaliningrad), OAO Admiralteyskie Verfi (St. Petersburg), OAO PO Sevmash (Severodvinsk), OAO DVZ Zvezda (Vladivostok). Largest international projects: construction of the shipyard Zvezda-DSME, JV with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (South Korea), construction of the shipyard Vostok-Ruffles, JV with Yantai Ruffles (Singapore). Total earnings in 2010 amounted to Rub 135 billion rubles. Currently USC consolidates round 70% of the domestic shipbuilding industry. The State corporation’s main priority is the Russian market, USC also exports its production to 20 countries. www.oaoosk.ru