Yevgeny Primakov icebreaker

Former name: Mikhail Lazarev

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Yevgeny Primakov icebreaker current location is at East Asia (coordinates 52.92473 N / 143.50695 E) cruising en route to PA-B OI. The AIS position was reported 1 hour ago.

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Specifications of Yevgeny Primakov icebreaker

Year of build2018  /  Age: 5
Flag state Russia
BuilderArctech Helsinki Shipyard (Helsinki, Finland)
ClassArctech Icebreaking Supply Vessel
Ferry route / homeportsVladivostok
Building costUSD 100 million
Engines (power)Wartsila (21 MW / 28161 hp)
Propulsion power15.6 MW / 20920 hp
Speed16 kn / 30 km/h / 18 mph
Length (LOA)104 m / 341 ft
Beam (width)21 m / 69 ft
Gross Tonnage8626 gt
Sister-shipsFedor Ushakov, Stepan Makarov, Gennadiy Nevelskoy
Former namesMikhail Lazarev
OwnerSCF Sovcomflot (Russia)
OperatorSCF Sovcomflot (Russia)

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The 2018-built MS Yevgeny Primakov ("ледокол Евгений Примаков") is an icebreaking vessel owned and operated by SCF Sovcomflot ("Совкомфлот"). The shipowner is a Russian state-owned corporation that specializes in petroleum and LNG shipping. SCF's fleet comprises around 150 vessels.

The vessel (IMO number 9753741, Helsinki Shipyard/hull number 514) is currently Russia-flagged (MMSI 273412440) and homeported in Vladivostok.

The icebreaker is operated as a supply vessel for Russia's Sakhalin 2 oil and gas field on Sakhalin Island (Okhotsk Sea, northwestern Pacific Ocean). The ship is named after the Russian statesman Yevgeny Maksimovich Primakov (1929-2015). He served as Russia's Prime Minister 91998-1999), as well as the country's Foreign Minister (1996-1998) and Foreign Intelligence Service director (1991-1996).

History and construction

This Russian icebreaker class was designed by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard (Helsinki Finland) as a supply vessel. It represents a 4-ship series of IBSBV ("icebreaking standby vessel"), with sisterships (all launched in 2017) Fedor Ushakov, Stepan Makarov and Gennadiy Nevelskoy.

The pair of sisterships Aleksey Chirikov (2013) and Vitus Bering (2012) are an earlier design, which is less powerful (with 4 diesel engines) and without moon pool. All vessels were ordered in December 2010, following the agreement between the shipbuilders STX Finland (currently Meyer Turku) and OCK ("United Shipbuilding Corporation", Russia) to form the joint venture shipbuilding company "Arctech Helsinki Shipyard".

Yevgeny Primakov icebreaker ship

Most hull blocks were assembled at the Helsinki shipyard. The majority of them were manufactured in Russia (by Vyborg Shipyard) and via a cargo barge transported to Finland for outfitting, painting, and assembly.

IBSBV Yevgeny Primakov vessel was the first of all four SCF-commissioned icebreakers. Compared to the original design, These standby vessels with smaller deadweight (3824 tons), higher personnel capacity (98 people) and enhanced functionality. They were all built by Arctech Helsinki. All these ships are used for year-round delivery of equipment, personnel, and supplies to the 3 offshore gas and oil platforms. The ships also perform standby duty, environmental protection (oil spill recovery), rescue operations (fire-fighting, helicopter, emergency evacuation) and diving support.

  • The three standby vessels were ordered in August 2014 (contract value USD 380 million). The project followed the May 2014 signed a 20-year contract between SCF and the consortium SEIC (Sakhalin Energy, operator of the Sakhalin-2 field).
  • Yevgeny Primakov ship's keel was laid on December 17, 2015. The vessel was floated out on June 30, 2016, and delivered on March 3, 2017.
  • Arctech Helsinki Shipyard specializes in building Arctic icebreakers and offshore supply vessels.
  • United Shipbuilding Corporation (founded 2007) manages Russia's entire shipbuilding industry, with over 80,000 employees working in 40+ shipyards, design offices, and ship-repair yards.

Newbuild Russian icebreaking support vessels also include Gazprom Neft's Alexander Sannikov and Andrey Vilkitsky. Both 2018-built boats serve Gazprom's Arctic Gate (Novy Port offshore crude-oil loading terminal) of the Novoportovskoye oil field.

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The vessel is powered by all six Wartsila marine diesel engines (generator sets/power plant) with combined power output 21 MW. The ship's propulsion is diesel-electric, consisting of two ABB Azipods (azimuth thrusters, model VI1600, combined power output 13 MW) plus 2x bow thrusters (combined power 2,6 MW).

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The vessel has a scientific moon pool (aka "wet porch"). This is a floor opening in the hull that gives direct access to the water below and allows the crew to deploy underwater instruments (including ROVs and AUVs) and divers.

  • Max draft: 7,9 m (26 ft) when fully loaded
  • Deadweight: 3670 tons
  • Ice-breaking capacity: 1,7 m (6 ft) - both ahead and astern ice-break capability
  • Ice-breaking speed: 3 kN (5,6 kph / 3,5 mph) in ice thickness 1,5 m (5 ft)
  • Endurance: 30 days
  • Ice class: Icebreaker6 ( RMRS / "Russian Maritime Register of Shipping")
  • Cargo capacity: cargo deck (709 m2), liquids-bulk (3850 m3)
  • Crew and passenger capacity: 70 (28+42)
  • Fire fighting capacity: 2 monitors (1200 m3 per hour each), water spraying capacity 1000 m3 per hour
  • Rescue capacity: 70 people

Note: In the case of poor AIS coverage, tracking the vessel's current location will be impossible. You can see CruiseMapper's list of all icebreakers and ice-breaking research ships in the "itinerary" section of our Icebreakers hub. All states and their fleets are listed there.

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On February 5, 2018, was the vessel's christening ceremony held at Angliyskaya Kraibrejna Str in St Petersburg, Russia. The naming ceremony was attended by Sergey Frank (Sovcomflot's President and CEO), Dmitry Rogozin (Russia's Deputy Prime Minister), Alexey Rakhmanov (United Shipbuilding Corporation's President), Sergey Movchan (St Petersburg City's Vice-Governor), as well as by relatives of Yevgeny Primakov.

IBSBV Yevgeny Primakov was launched as Sovcomflot's 20th vessel in SCF's Far East Basin fleet. As of February 2018, the fleet also included 10 tankers (8 oil shuttles, 2 LNG carriers) and 10 supply and standby ships.

On February 6, 2019, the Yevgeny Primakov ship was awarded "Support Vessel of the Year" (2019) by Offshore Support Journal (international publication focusing exclusively on offshore oil and gas industry, technology and developments). The official ceremony was held in London City (England UK)On behalf of the shipowner Sovcomflot, the award was given to Igor Tonkovidov (company's Executive VP).