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Friday, November 16, 2018 

A second 114,000dwt Aframax tanker for Rosneft has cut steel at Zvezda shipyard. The vessels will be the first of this shiptype built in Russia, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

The lead ship, due in 2020, will be equipped for dual-fuel operation and be capable of transiting the Northern Sea Route

Rosneft has recently placed orders with Zvezda for 25 tankers, including ten Aframaxes, ten 42000dwt and one 69,000dwt ice-class tankers, and four ice-class support vessels.

The shipyard was established at the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre by a consortium comprising Rosneft, Rosneftegaz and Gazprombank.

During the steel cutting ceremony. Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin pointed out that construction of Zvezda shipyard’s new drydock, Russia’s largest, is likely to be completed one year ahead of schedule.

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