Murmansk Branch News

Pilots of the Murmansk Branch ensure the placement of a floating gas storage facility in Ura Bay

On the night of June 26 to June 27, the Saam FSU (floating storage unit) arrived in the waters of the Ura Bay in the Barents Sea to create an offshore LNG transshipment facility.

The Saam FSU is a bunkering vessel 400 meters long, 60 meters wide, with a load draught of 12.2 meters. The capacity of the LNG storage is 360 thousand cubic meters.

Pilots of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk Branch were engaged to ensure the safe maneuvering for setting up and unfastening of the FSU. They will stay for 10 days on board the FSU and onboard the tugboats to organize and monitor the operations performed for the safe anchoring of 20 anchor mooring ties, each made of 200-ton prismatic end anchor, 100-ton hanged array and an anchor chain.

In the future, after the facility is commissioned, the Murmansk Branch plans to provide pilotage assistance for vessels proceeding to this maritime transshipment facility for loading and unloading, as well as to provide navigation services using the Kola Gulf VTS to ensure safe navigation in the FSU operation area. To expand the capabilities of the Kola Gulf VTS in this area, the Murmansk Branch is currently completing the construction of an automated radar post in Ura Bay and its integration into the Kola Gulf VTS.