Flag raising ceremony and blessing of vessel Fedor Unshakov took place in Murmansk


A series of ceremonial events dedicated to the arrival of SCF Group’s new vessel Fedor Ushakov at a Russian port took place in Murmansk. The state flag of the Russian Federation was solemnly raised on the vessel, followed by a vessel blessing ceremony.

The events were attended by Alexey Tyukavin, First Deputy Governor of the Murmansk Region; Evgeny Ambrosov, Senior Executive Vice-President of Sovcomflot; and Vice- Admiral Viktor Sokolov, Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet. 

Fedor Ushakov is a new multifunctional icebreaking supply vessel built to order for Sovcomflot to serve the Sakhalin-2 project. The vessel made a scheduled technical call at the port of Murmansk on the way to her regular operating area on the shelf of Sakhalin Island (the Sea of Okhotsk). After the call at Murmansk, Fedor Ushakov will sail on her first commercial voyage through the Northern Sea Route.

In terms of characteristics, the vessel is one of the best in her class, combining high manoeuvrability, a powerful propulsion system, and a large passenger capacity. The vessel’s design and equipment enable year-round delivery of supplies and consumables for personnel on offshore oil platforms as well as providing standby support and promptly responding to emergencies. Despite a relatively small size, Fedor Ushakov is capable of evacuating up to 150 people. The availability of such vessels in the Russian fleet makes it possible to significantly increase environmental safety in the Russian Far East region.

Equipped with a propulsion system consisting of two Azipod thrusters with a total capacity of 13 MW, the vessel can sail through ice up to 1.5 m thick with a snow cover of up to 20 cm.

Evgeny Ambrosov said: “Over the last seven years, Sovcomflot’s vessels have been adding new pages to the history of mastering the Northern Sea Route virtually every year. I am confident that the transit voyage along the Northern Sea Route to be undertaken by Fedor Ushakov will become one of such pages. The decision to sail the vessel to Sakhalin along this northern route is dictated by NSR’s natural advantages over the traditional southern route via the Suez Canal – primarily, the distance length. The information to be gathered during this voyage will also be used in planning and carrying out further operations on the NSR – very soon, icebreaking LNG tanker Cristophe de Margerie will sail the same route to deliver the first cargo of liquefied gas from the Yamal LNG project to Asia.”

Vessel specifications:

Length: 104.4m
Breadth: 21m
Draught: 7.9m
Deadweight: 3,824 t
Ice class: Icebreaker6
Crew: 28 people

The vessel is named after Admiral Fedor Ushakov, a legendary Russian fleet commander. He played a key role in the creation and establishment of the Russian fleet on the Black Sea, made a significant contribution to the development of professional training for ship crews, was instrumental in the founding of the Port of Sevastopol, and did not suffer a single defeat throughout his career. In 2004, Fedor Ushakov was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church.

SCF Press Office

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world's leading shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment. The Group’s fleet comprises 150 vessels with a total deadweight of over 13.1 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.

The Group offers a wide range of vessels in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot can meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies.