The ceremony to launch the new ice-breaker “Fesko Sakhalin” for Far Eastern Shipping Company
(FESCO).built at the Finnish shipyard Aker Finnyards took place in May. The new ice-breaker is a part of
A unique technical feature of this vessel is the absence of a helm. It is replaced by propellers (AZIPOD), which rotate 360 degrees; this enables the vessel to hold position without anchors, to move through ice in either direction, to approach an oil platform in stormy weather by means of laser placing
. The vessel is also equipped with the latest navigation and communication systems supplied by Transas Ltd.
The main task of “Fesko Sakhalin” is to provide an all-year-round service, preventing accidents on drilling platforms at Sakhalin shelf, as well as transportation of dry, liquid and chemical cargo, pallets and containers.
As per the terms of the contract signed in June 2004, Transas has equipped the vessel with GMDSS system, radio-locating system, autopilot, gyro- and magnetic compass, log, echo-sounder, ECDIS, AIS, GPS, as well as a vessel intrusion protection system.