• 2017 April 3 17:20

    SCF Group partners with Shell to make the first global step towards LNG-fuelled oil tanker industry (photo)

    SCF Group (Sovcomflot) says it has signed an agreement with Shell Western LNG B.V. (Shell) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the first Aframax crude oil tankers in the world to be powered by LNG. The agreement was announced by Sergey Frank, President & CEO of Sovcomflot, and Maarten Wetselaar Integrated Gas and New Energies Director.

    The agreement calls for Shell to provide the LNG fuel for the new generation of SCF Group’s 114,000 deadweight ice-classed Aframax tankers that are scheduled to come into operation beginning in Q3 2018. They will be the first LNG-fuelled Aframax tankers and will operate primarily between the Baltic and Northern Europe transporting crude oil and petroleum products. Shell will fuel the vessels from a specialized LNG bunker vessel at the Gas Access to Europe (GATE) terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and other supply points in the Baltic. Each LNG-fuelled tanker will have an ice class 1A hull enabling year-round export operations from the Russian Baltic.

    “SCF Group and Shell have an extensive and successful track record of collaboration and technical innovation, and at the heart of our joint aspirations is the shared desire to play a major role in delivering a cleaner and safer maritime environment. This is why SCF Group and Shell decided to pilot this breakthrough initiative to switch the principal fuel of Aframax tankers, the workhorse of the global tanker industry, to LNG,” said Sergey Frank. 

    “This is an important next step for gas as part of the energy mix. The decision to work with SCF Group to power the world’s first LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers is evidence of Shell’s commitment to LNG as a transport fuel. LNG will increasingly play a larger role in helping the shipping industry meet new emissions regulations,” said Maarten Wetselaar.

    The signing of this milestone agreement marks the fulfilment of an MOU signed between Shell and SCF in September 2015 to develop Marine LNG fuelling for large-capacity tankers.

    The use of LNG fuel significantly improve vessels’ environmental performance and meets the growing desire of customers to see their shipping requirements provided with minimal adverse impact on the environment.

    Engines running on LNG release over 90 per cent less Sulphur Oxide (SOx), over 80 per cent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and over 15 per cent less Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere than engines burning standard marine fuels. In addition, the selection of the low pressure X-DF dual fuel engine for these tankers will minimise Particulate Matter emissions. Further, the engines will be fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to comply with Tier III regulations governing NOx emissions when in fuel mode.

    SCF Group has opted for these innovative technical solutions to ensure that the new generation of Aframax tankers exceeds rather than simply complies with emission legislation and sets the standard for shipping in the environmentally sensitive regions in which the fleet operates.

    The concept for these tankers was developed jointly by technical specialists from SCF Group and shipbuilders, including the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the technology partners of Zvezda shipbuilding complex (Primorsky region of the Russian Far East). The concept was developed as part of the preparation for the construction of such vessels at Zvezda. It is envisaged that by 2021 the construction of such large-capacity tankers will commence at Zvezda. 

    SCF Group is relentless in its work towards reducing the environmental impact of its fleet. In 2011-2016, these efforts made it possible to noticeably reduce the emissions of Sulphur Oxide (by 24 per cent per tonne-mile), Nitrogen Oxide (by 10 per cent per tonne-mile), and Carbon Dioxide (by 4 per cent per tonne-mile).

    The company continues to invest in the renewal of its fleet, replacing older vessels with modern and energy efficient ships that make extensive use of innovative technologies. The average vessel age within SCF Group’s fleet is currently around 8.5 years, making its ships already relatively new by global shipping industry standards.

    PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world's leading shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment. The Group’s fleet comprises 147 vessels with a total deadweight of over 13.1 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai. 

    The Group offers a wide range of vessels in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot can meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies.




2017 November 23

16:05 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to ECSA
16:03 Bunker prices may turn into irregular phase in the lead-up to OPEC’s meeting
15:44 Okskaya shipyard lays down the first non-self-propelled oil barge in a series of ten vessels ordered by STLC
15:33 European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
15:00 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
14:19 Corvette Soobrazitelny, Baltic Fleet, performed some training missions in piracy affected areas in Gulf of Aden
14:02 Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship
13:23 Navigation 2017 to close in Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW on 1 December 2017
13:02 Oldendorff Carriers receives IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award
12:36 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Phase I of Bagayevsky Hydrosystem project
12:10 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
11:52 Marine Recruiting Agency goes on with the program of RTG operators training
11:29 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 22 mln t milestone this year (photo)
11:04 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:41 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct'17 grew by 16% to 11.28 mln t
10:18 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $63.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.90
09:53 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 mln passengers in Jan-Oct'17, up 30.2%, Y-o-Y
09:35 Port of Singapore throughput up 5.9% to 519.68 mln t in 10M’17
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,413 points

2017 November 22

18:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 1.24 mln t in 10M’17
17:46 New research reveals ‘golden period’ ahead for the Port of Barrow
17:24 Iceland accedes to air pollution treaty
17:03 MSC receives the ‘Container Line of the Year’ award
16:35 Throughput of port Primorsk in 10M’17 down 9% Y-o-Y to 49.40 mln t
16:03 Scottish energy ports capability directory launched
15:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 2% to 14.42 mln t in 10M’17
15:21 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 13.3% to 4.8 mln t in 10M’17
15:03 Otto Energy confirms the installation of the jacket and decks comprising the SM 71 F Platform
14:44 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 85.04 mln t in 10M’17
14:36 APM Terminals opens a new era for Puerto Quetzal
14:22 Okskaya shipyard will build a series of six trawlers for fishing company Variant
14:03 Forth Ports installs NORBIT survey system for the Forth and the Tay
13:21 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Møgster
12:39 ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Vision looks beyond human vision for ship automation
12:16 Crowley provides ATB to deliver jet fuel from U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico
12:15 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 44.01 mln t in 10M’17
11:46 Navigation season at the main route of the Volga-Baltic Waterway is over (photo)
11:08 Hapag-Lloyd buys low carbon refrigerant containers from Maersk Container Industry
10:51 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 0.13% to $62.30, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $56.49
10:07 Wagenborg Offshore chooses ULSTEIN PX121 design
09:44 Composit LLC supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress as its Sponsor
09:21 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,396 points
09:07 OOCL introduces new containership OOCL Scandinavia
08:30 INEOS to deliver first ever US ethane from shale gas to China in 2019 using world’s largest ethane carrier
08:07 Further SharpEye™ order for Pakistan Navy Submarine upgrade
07:30 Ekofish Group builds twin-rigger at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam

2017 November 21

18:24 Navios Maritime Holdings reports 3Q, 9 months financial results
18:19 Philly Shipyard delivers fourth and final product tanker to Kinder Morgan
17:59 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Norwegian Sea
17:37 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
17:23 Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen
17:12 Tuco and Sea Machines unveil remote controlled ProZero workboats
16:51 Sea Port of St.Peterburg completed another stage of machinery modernization
16:34 Hapag-Lloyd announces vessel delay and port omission on WAN service
16:27 MOL and joint PBCF developers attend 2017 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award ceremony
16:17 MMT starts offshore geophysical survey for AQUIND Interconnector
15:54 Gazprom and Shell discuss LNG projects and Nord Stream 2
15:35 IMO’s technical cooperation activities have received a boost of US$1.0 million
15:11 Kleven signs MoU with De Beers Marine Namibia