Rosneft orders 10 tankers at Zvezda

The shipping subsidiary of Russian energy giant Rosneft has ordered 10 tankers to be built on home soil.

Rosnefteflot has signed agreements with Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex for construction of ten 42,000 dwt Arctic shuttle tankers. At the same time Rosnefteflot and Taimyrneftegaz have signed an agreement for 20 year time chartering of these tankers.

The ARC7 ice class tankers are designed for operations in conditions with ice thickness up to 1.8 m. The new series of tankers is to be used for transportation of crude produced at Paiyakhskoe field from the mouth of Enisey river along the Northern Sea Route both in the western and eastern directions.

The vessels will be built under the supervision of the Russian Maritime Register and will be operated under the flag of the Russian Federation. Phased delivery of tankers to the customer is planned starting from 2023.

“The project implementation will support development of the shipbuilding and industrial cluster and localization of production of vessel equipment in the Far East of Russia, it will ensure creation of capability for designing of Arctic shuttle tankers in the Russian Federation and development of an optimum order book for loading of Zvezda shipbuilding complex,” Rosneft stated in a release.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. It takes 6 years for 1st ship delivery!!!! I do not think this is true. It is very much unbelievable. Even it is ice class-7 or and built in Russian yard, lead time will be max 4 years!!!!

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