Ampelmann N-type mobilised and ready for operations

July 06, 2017

Press release

The Ampelmann N-type ‘Icemann’ is on its way to start operations at the beginning of August. Before leaving the Netherlands, the N-type was successfully tested offshore in the North Sea. The system compensated its first waves and experienced Ampelmann operators evaluated the performance of the system. After these trials, Russian vessel operator Sovcomflot’s ice-class vessel Stepan Makarov arrived in Rotterdam for the system mobilisation that was completed in a matter of days. The vessel is now on its 6-week journey to Sakhalin, Russia, where an Ampelmann operations team is ready to ensure a smooth start of operations.

Last year, Ampelmann announced for the supply of the Icemann to Sakhalin Energy for the use at the Sakhalin-2 field in the Russian Far East. Ampelmann has worked closely with Sakhalin Energy to tailor the system to the unique requirements of the project which will run on the Stepan Makarov for the next 10 years.

Oscar Calkoen, Manager Innovations, Engineering & Production for Ampelmann, said: “Another important milestone was reached successfully. After working for more than one year, together with our suppliers and our team of engineers, we delivered the N-type on schedule. For the next ten years the Icemann will operate safely and reliably in these extreme cold conditions.”