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August 15, 2005

Arctic shuttle tanker design contract awarded to Aker Arctic in St. Petersburg

Aker Arctic Technology Inc of Finland and the St. Petersburg based FSUE Admiralty shipyards have signed a contract for a licence and design including classification package of two 70.000 tdw double-acting Arctic shuttle tankers, which the yard is building for ZAO Sevmorneftegaz for the Prirazlomnoye oil field in the Arctic Ocean. The ships are the largest tankers so far built by the yard and will be delivered towards the end of 2007 and respectively 2008.

The tankers are capable for world-wide operations, but they are specifically intended to operate independently between the offshore oil production platform and a transhipment terminal in Murmansk area. The tankers to fly Russian flag and to be built into Russian regulations, including ice class LU6, will be fitted with twin pod drives, dynamic positioning system, a helideck and a bow loading facility for theArctic conditions.

"This demanding tanker contract based on the Aker Arctic novel design was achieved as a result of an international tender competition and it further enhances Adimralty shipyards position as a leading tanker builder in Russia and Europe", says L.V. Alexandrov, General Directorof Admiralty shipyards.

"The Admiralty shipyard contract for Sevmorneftegaz, a subsidiary of Rosneft and Gazprom, is a breakthrough for our double acting concept in Arctic oil transports and a result of our long term co-operation efforts in Russia", comments Mikko Niini, Managing Director of Aker Arctic Technology of Finland, a member in the Aker Yards group. "This new concept has lowered the transport costs in harsh environments and we believe this example will be thoroughly monitored by the whole oil industry. With our design capabilities and licence co-operation policy several new cases are to be expected both for Russian and Canadian developments and not only for oil but for LNG transports as well."

The tankers will have an overall length of 260 metres, breadth of 34 m and draft of 13.6 m. The diesel-electric power plant consists of four main diesels providing 25 MW total power. The propulsion is arranged by twin pod drives, each 8.5 MW.

An artist s impression of the vessel can be found in the internet: / Newsroom / Imagebank / Oceangoing vessels

Aker Yards is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels and is one of the world's largest shipbuilders. The product range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels, offshore & specialized vessels. Aker Yards, with a turnover in the range of euro 1.5-2 bn per year, comprises 13 yards in Norway, Finland, Germany, Romania and Brazil and has approximately 13,000 employees.
For further information:
Adimralty shipyards Aker Arctic Technology Inc
Dmitry Yakovenko Mikko Niini
Tel: +7812 114 8863 Tel: +358 400 322747
Fax: +7812 117 1371 Fax: +358 10 670 2527

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