Valmet to supply automation for an arctic icebreaking tanker for demanding conditions built by Arctech

1 June 2017

Valmet will supply automation for an arctic icebreaking NB 515 tanker for demanding conditions built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. in Finland.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The delivery will take place in November 2017. The vessel will start to sail in 2018.

"This vessel tanker is a very powerful Arctic icebreaking tanker. Its automation system will control not only the machinery systems but also the complete cargo system. Also in this respect, the vessel will be very advanced," says Esko Mustamäki, CEO of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc.

"An Arctic tanker that operates in demanding ice conditions needs a reliable automation system. That's what our Valmet DNA provides. In addition to high reliability, all its functions feature redundancy," comments Heikki Tanner, Sales Manager, Automation Business Line, Valmet.

Valmet's delivery for the vessel includes a Valmet DNA automation system, commissioning and training.

Designed to break almost two-meter-thick ice

The NB 515 tanker will be built to operate from the Yamal Peninsula to Europe and Asia. It is designed by Arctech and measures 229 m in length and 32.5 m in breadth. The tanker will be able to operate independently in the demanding ice conditions of the Northern Sea Route. Its main duty is to secure safe transportation of gas condensate year-round.

The vessel will be built to a strong ice class of Arc 7, and it can reliably break almost two-meter-thick ice.