Rosneft, Rosnefteflot and Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex signed an agreement of intent that envisages placing orders with Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex for building reinforced ice-class shuttle tankers (Arc6-Arc7) with the deadweight of about 70 thousand tons.

Rosneft will place order for construction of shuttle tankers at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex
Caption: Russia's first ice-breaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie heads for ice trials (For illustrative purposes only)

According to the Agreement, the parties will jointly develop the technical documentation – the tanker specifications and determine the list of manufacturers of basic equipment. The shuttle tankers built at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex will be Russian-flagged vessels and will transport oil from Arctic fields of the Company.

The number of the tankers will be specified after the development of technical documentation and definition of core technical characteristics of the fleet.

Source: Rosneft