The article, which includes some information on full-scale icebreaker research by Rauma-Repola, gives a brief description of Ventspils, which these Finnish builders delivered in Sept. 1983. She is the first of the "Arctica" series of five products tankers which Rauma- Repola are building for the Soviet Union; these ships will be able to carry oil products, methanol and other liquid cargoes in both Arctic and tropical waters. The specification required them to be able to clear their own way through Siberian waters and to help less powerful vessels during summer, and to be able to follow a channel opened by a nuclear icebreaker in the winter <when 2m of ice might cover 97% of the passage>. Initially, the ships will be employed on carrying methanol from Sweden to the Soviet port of Ventspils, on the Baltic. Each ship has eleven cargo spaces <3 centre & 8 side tanks> and can carry four different cargo grades. Among the Arctic-service features is a reinforced stern to allow the ship to approach a quay stern-first in ice-clogged ports, and hose reels that enable cargo to be discharged with the ship up to 800m from the shore connection. Preheated air can be supplied to the main and the four auxiliary engines. Principal particulars of Ventspils are:- Length 113m o.a., 104.5m b.p.; breadth 18.3m; depth 8.5m; draught 6.7m; 5750 dwt max., 5000 dwt in ice conditions; Bryansk-MAN-B & W 6L45GFCA 4350-kW low-speed engine driving f.p. propeller; speed 14 knots; range 18,000 n. miles. The article includes a general-arrangement drawing.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Motor Ship, 64 <1984>, p.30 <Mar.> (2 pp., 1 tab., 1 diag., 4 phot.)
  • Publication Date: 1984


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  • Old TRIS Terms: Ventspils
  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

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  • Accession Number: 00686244
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM