September 17 - Audax, the first of the two PC-3/ARC7 Ice Class module carriers that were ordered by ZPMC-Red Box Energy Services from Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) last year has been floated out from its drydock.

Audax and its sister ship Pugnax are 28,500 dwt ships, which are being built at GSI's LongXue Shipyard in Guangzhou, China. GSI constructed the Forte, Finesse and begun the Fathom for Fairstar Heavy Transport prior to that company's acquisition by Dockwise so it is no surprise to see the Red Box team back at this shipyard.

The PC-3/ARC7 module carriers, will be capable of navigating year round above the Arctic Circle, and have been designed for the transportation of ultra-large and heavy modular cargoes to major onshore LNG projects, and to large-scale offshore developments in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees centigrade.

The sterns of each ship will be completely flush and open, with an open space measuring 7,482 sq m.

These two vessels will go into service immediately upon delivery in January 2016 providing module transport services for cargoes destined for Russia's huge Yamal LNG project, which is designed and commissioned by a consortium consisting of Technip, JGC Corporation and Chiyoda Engineering.

At 43 m in width the two new ships will be the largest polar ice-class vessels ever designed with ice-breaking capabilities of 1.5 m of ice at a speed of four knots, says ZPMC-Red Box Energy Services founder and ceo, Philip Adkins.

"The generators are capable of producing 24 MW, enough to electrify a city of 50,000 people and will be able to transport modules weighing up to 20,000 tonnes. These two ships pack quite a powerful punch and we are looking forward to seeing them go into operation in the first quarter of 2016."