Singapore-based shipbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine has delivered Dmitry Mendeleev, Russia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel.
Designed and built by Keppel O&M, the 5,800 m3 Dmitry Mendeleev Ice Class LNG Refueling Vessel (LBV) has been delivered to Shturman Koshelev. When the vessel was ordered in 2019 it was said that once delivered it would be chartered by Gazprom Neft for operations in the Baltic Sea.
The LNG bunker is the fourth LBV newly built by Keppel O&M and was built at its Keppel Nantong shipyard in China according to the exclusive design of Keppel MTD 5800V LNG.
The double-class LNG bunkering vessel and the 12th ice-class vessel delivered by Keppel O&M were developed by its vessel design and development division, Keppel Marine & Deepwater Technology (KMDTech).
The vessel meets Arc 4 and Ice Class 1A ratings from the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and Bureau Veritas respectively, and her hull is optimized for independent navigation in ice in medium first-year summer ice up to 90 cm thick.
Measuring 100 m long and 19 m wide, the vessel is also equipped with an integrated digital system which allows it to be piloted by a single person from the navigation bridge.
The LNG bunker was named in honor of Russian chemist and researcher Dmitry Mendeleev who invented the periodic table of elements.