SCF-Group indicated in the end of January the fourth vessel, NB 514, Yevgeny Primakov, was handed over for SCF-Group. The vessel’s name giving ceremony was held on February 3, 2018, in St. Petersburg. She was given name after very well-known Russian political person Yevgeny Primakov (1929 – 2015).
The vessel is built to operate in demanding ice conditions. The vessel design and its equipment are planned to secure safety of personnel and vessel is able to operate in emergency situations despite the weather conditions. Vessel is the last from the SCF-Group’s order of four multifunctional icebreakers. NB 514 operates under Russian flag and its’ home port is St. Petersburg, Russia. 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.
The vessel will also provide standby search and rescue support all year-round. She will be able to respond promptly to potential emergencies, and carry out underwater engineering and repair works where necessary. Deploying such vessels on standby duty in the Sea of Okhotsk, on a permanent basis, contributes significantly to improving environmental safety in the Far East Sea Basin.
The vessel’s propulsion system (comprised of two Azipod units with a total capacity of 13 MW) ensures high levels of manoeuvrability, and allows her to sail through ice up to 1.5 m thick with a snow cover of up to 20 cm. She also has a large passenger capacity, despite relatively small dimensions. Yevgeny Primakov can normally provide sleeping accommodation for 70 persons (besides her crew), and in the event of an emergency can accommodate up to 150 people.
Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has built four multifunctional icebreakers during 2014 – 2018 to the order SCF- Group’s order. Gennadiy Nevelskoy, multifunctional icebreaking supply vessel, was delivered first in the beginning of 2017. Stepan Makarov, multifunctional icebreaking platform standby vessel, was ready to hand over on July, 2017. Fedor Ushakov, multifunctional icebreaking platform standy vessel, was delivered on October, 2017. Building the ships engaged approximately 3500 man-years for shipyard and for its subsidiaries.
 (Source Arctech – Image: Yevgeny Primakov in St. Peterburg/Sovcomflot)