Photos: Kongsberg Maritime Wins Contract To Deliver Deck Machinery For Six Novatek Ice Class LNGC

Kongsberg Maritime announces 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.

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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 111mm 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.

Kongsberg Maritime will supply deck machinery for six LNGC, in build for Novatek at DSME, South Korea
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Espen Liset, Kongsberg Maritime SVP Deck Machinery Motion Control, said: “These Ice Class Arc7 are made to navigate winter/spring ice thickness of up to 1.8m. 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.”

six LNGC, in build for Novatek at DSME, South Korea
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Kongsberg Maritime will also supply control systems and load monitoring for the winches, with further integration to KONGSBERG automation systems available as an option.

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“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.”

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