Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has announced a significant and strategic new equipment contract with Russian LNG producer Novatek. Under the terms of the deal, KM will supply a range of electric frequency converter-driven deck machinery for six Ice Class LNG carriers, with an option for a further four, chartered by Novatek LNGC and destined for operation in the waters of northwest Siberia.
The vessels are to be built by Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and will each be equipped with two combined windlasses and mooring winches capable of handling a 17-tonne anchor with 111-mm anchor chain, plus a further seven mooring winches. Designed to operate under extreme ambient temperatures as low as -52° C, the windlasses and mooring winches will also feature a specially developed modification in the form of an electrically operated, spring-loaded band brake, as requested by Novatek.
Espen Liset, Kongsberg Maritime SVP Deck Machinery Motion Control, says, “These Ice Class Arc7 are made to navigate winter/spring ice thickness of up to 1.8 metres. Our customised deck machinery system is designed for ease of installation and reliable operation in such harsh environments. Selecting our stainless-steel brake drum surfaces allows consistent smooth operation.”
Kongsberg Maritime will also supply control systems and load monitoring for the winches, with further integration to KONGSBERG automation systems available as an option.
“This contract represents an important endorsement of our advanced technologies as well as signposting our future growth,” says Leo Pantazopoulos SVP Sales & Regional Operations, APAC, Kongsberg Maritime. “Working with Novatek will sharpen our competitive edge in the fast-growing, Russian-owned Arctic market, reinforcing our reputation as a reliable supplier with a provably efficient support infrastructure. I would like to thank our teams for working so well collaboratively, and with such a dedicated sense of purpose, to bring this contract agreement to fruition.”