• 2017 May 2 17:52

    SCF tanker Shturman Albanov named 2016 Ship of the Year

    Shturman Albanov, Sovcomflot's Arctic shuttle tanker, has won the award for ‘2016 Ship of the Year’ at the international industrial Marine Propulsion Awards 2017. The winners were announced on 26 April 2017 in Amsterdam, during the European Marine Engineering Conference.

    The voting was held in two stages. During the first stage, candidates were evaluated by an independent panel of judges which includes representatives from the scientific community, business, the news media and marine classification societies. Sovcomflot’s tanker received a high rating from the judging panel of industry experts and was subsequently shortlisted for the award. During the second stage, selection of the winner was entrusted on the public – the award winner was been chosen based on the results of public on-line voting.

    Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice-President and Technical Director of SCF Group, commented: 

    “The delivery of the Shturman Albanov series of shuttle tankers to the SCF’s fleet marks the next stage in the implementation of SCF development strategy that aims to replenish the fleet with vessels which are intended for operation in harsh climatic and navigational conditions, and are specially designed to meet the specific demands of individual projects. We note with satisfaction that industry professionals justly assessed the unique solutions incorporated in the vessel’s design. Over the years, SCF Group has been focusing on development of its own engineering school, the results of which have been implemented in the last series of vessels designed to order for the company. This sets SCF apart from the bulk of its competitors”.

    Shturman Albanov is the lead ship in a series of Arctic shuttle tankers ordered by SCF Group under a long-term charter contract with Gazprom Neft. They are designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal Peninsula to the port of Murmansk all year-round. Each tanker has deadweight of approximately 42,000 tonnes (tanker Shturman Albanov: 41,454.5 tonnes). Shturman Albanov is registered under the Russian flag and has Saint Petersburg as her home port.

    Shturman Albanov is capable of operating in the Arctic all year-round at temperatures down to minus 45 degrees Centigrade. The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) assigned the vessels an ice class Arc7 – the highest among the existing transport vessels.

    The technical characteristics of Shturman Albanov are unique. The design of the new vessel takes into account the specific features of the waters in the Gulf of Ob, where some areas are relatively shallow and which is covered with ice from October to July. 

    The propulsion system of the vessel consists of two Azipod thrusters with a total capacity of 22 MW, which provides a high ice-breaking capability and good manoeuvrability in sailing through ice drifts and heavy ice fields. Shturman Albanov can pass through ice up to 1.8 metres thick. A Double Acting Tanker (DAT) function allows the use of the principle of stern-first motion. In particular, it allows the vessel to overcome hummocks and heavy ice fields. The limited draft of the vessel enables it to manoeuvre freely even in shallow waters. The vessel’s modern boiler system, instead of a traditional steam plant, uses thermal oil, which significantly increases the functionality of heating systems in subfreezing ambient conditions in the winter season of Arctic voyages. Shturman Albanov is the first large-capacity vessel with such a plant operating in the waters of the Northern Sea Route.

    From technical point of view, Shturman Albanov meets the highest maritime safety standards. In December 2016, she became the first tanker to receive a Polar Ship Certificate. This Certificate confirms the vessel's compliance with the requirements of the Polar Code that took effect on 1 January 2017. The Code was developed based on an assessment of risks specific to polar waters, and is designed to ensure the safe operation of ships and protection of the polar environment.

    By the end of Q1 2017, the three sisterships (Shturman Albanov, Shturman Malygin, and Shturman Ovtsyn) has made 50 voyages between the Yamal Peninsula and Murmansk and had successfully transported almost 1.6 million tonnes of oil.

    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. 

2018 November 15

18:03 Costa Smeralda to call on Cruiseport Rotterdam
17:54 Polish LNG Conference 2018 concludes in Warsaw
17:25 Port of Singapore throughput in 10M’18 grew by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 523.73 million tonnes
17:03 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
16:52 Expert says downward trend in bunker prices may continue next week
16:30 Nevsky Shipyard launched dry cargo vessel of Project RSD59 «Pola Anfisa»
16:19 "K" Line takes delivery of coal carrier “SHONAI MARU” for JERA Trading
16:04 ICTSI names new APAC head
15:22 Meyer Turku starts construction of Carnival XL1
15:03 Port of Antwerp signs an agreement with Enabel
14:34 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 10M’18 declined by 0.7% Y-o-Y to 108 million tonnes
14:03 Pavilion Energy and Novatek agree to strengthen their LNG partnership
14:00 Damen hands over four FCS 2610 vessels to Allianz during ADIPEC
13:36 ABS awards industry’s first offshore facility cyber security-ready notation to Sembcorp Marine
13:23 NOVATEK’s Board of Directors to be elected on 18 January 2019
13:00 Zvezda shipyard started serial manufacturing of Aframax-class tankers
12:39 Residents of Riga and the Port outline a common vision for the future
12:04 Singapore hosts 10th APEC Port Services Network (APSN) Port Connectivity Forum
11:48 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg’s allocations for its development programme totaled RUB 413.5 million in 9M’2018
11:03 NYK promotes decarbonization through exploratory design of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050
10:51 ABS and HHI pioneer Cyber Security standard for new vessels
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.18% to $66, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.36% to $56.05
10:11 OOCL introduces new Asia – South Africa direct services
09:58 A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag - Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express plan to establish container shipping association
09:38 ASW Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet completed a call to the Republic of Djibouti
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,009 points

2018 November 14

18:37 Savannah achieves all-time record in October 2018
18:20 Sovcomflot concludes USD 149 million project credit facility with leading European banks
18:06 NYK and YLK jointly hold training program for staff from around the world
17:57 Organizers of “Dangerous cargoes: new transportation requirements” conference determined subjects to be discussed
17:36 Northwest Seaport Alliance adopts budget for 2019
17:07 DEME’s cutter suction dredger ‘Spartacus’ launched at the Royal IHC shipyard
17:06 Port of Rotterdam Authority wins 2018 ESPO Award
16:40 NIBULON’s fleet masters transportation of bulky cargo
16:38 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Maia with Glencore
16:18 A.P. Moller - Maersk reports Q3 2018 results
15:48 1.348 million cbm to be dredged in Azov-Don River Basin this year
15:20 Stolt-Nielsen, Golar LNG and Höegh LNG announce joint $182 mln investment in Avenir LNG
14:56 World's most eco-friendly bulk carriers Viikki & Haaga operate in Baltic Sea
14:20 CHI Zhoushan is ready for LNG carrier repairs
13:37 DeloPorts published its operating results for Q3'2018
13:29 Damen Shiprepair Curaçao floating dock operational
13:15 Global Ship Lease announces new charter at increased rate
12:59 LUKOIL drilled second well in Eastern part of Yury Korchagin field
12:33 USC: aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to be out of repair on time
12:01 NYK introduces its initiatives of green bond
11:55 Clean water projects receive $3 mln from Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
11:28 Navigation on Neva arms in Saint-Petersburg to close on November 15
10:45 IMO holds training for OSR officials in Myanmar
10:21 Brent Crude futures price down 0.29% to $65.28, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.45% to $55.44
10:02 GTT notified by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG Carrier
09:59 STX receives AiP from LR for LNG-fuelled 50k dwt MR tanker
09:40 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia returned to September level (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,064 points

2018 November 13

18:06 Navios Containers seeks to list on a U.S. stock exchange
17:53 BIMCO adopts 2020 bunker clauses
17:34 CMA CGM to revamp its CIMEX 2K2 service
17:11 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Transport of Russia» exhibition
16:56 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to CNOOC