MELCAL said it has received a new contract from Arctech Helsinki Shipyard for the design and production of two ATEX Zone 1, IIB T3 cranes to be installed onboard an icebreaking arctic tanker.
The hose handling cranes will feature heated cabins and are designed to handle both cargo hoses and bunker fuel hoses, as well as provisions and engine spares. In man-riding mode, the cranes are also suitable for safe lifting of personnel. Designed to work in an extreme ambient temperature of - 50°C, the hose handling cranes include anti-icing and de-icing measures, complying with the RS class notation for winterization.
The tanker will sail from the Yamal Peninsula to both Europe
and Asia and is able to navigate these routes independent of ice breakers. The main purpose of the vessel is to exploit the Northern Sea route
, securing safe and year-round transportation of gas condensate