• 2017 November 20 16:44

    Sovcomflot posts operating profit over 9M’17 rising by 50.5% to USD 131.2 million

    PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), a world leader in energy shipping and servicing offshore upstream oil and gas projects, today reported its results for the nine-month (9M) period ended 30 September 2017.

    Nine months 2017 highlights:

    • A strong performance from the Group’s Offshore business division saw 9M 2017 time charter equivalent (TCE) revenue grow by 55.9 per cent to USD 274.6 million (9M 2016: USD 176.1 million), with operating profit over the period rising by 50.5 per cent to USD 131.2 million (9M 2016: USD 87.1 million)
    • Ice-breaking platform supply / standby vessels Gennadiy Nevelskoy and Stepan Makarov were delivered into long-term time-charters with Sakhalin Energy Investment Co Ltd. (SEIC) to serve the Sakhalin-2 project
    • In August, the ice-class shuttle tanker Vasily Dinkov’s (LU6, 71, 254 tonnes dwt) long-term time-charter with Lukoil Group, serving the Varandey project, was extended for a further five years 
    • The world’s first ice-breaking LNG carrier, Christophe de Margerie (Arc7 class, 172,600m3 cargo capacity), was delivered into long-term time-charter with Yamal LNG. In August, she successfully completed her first commercial voyage, transporting LNG through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) from Norway to South Korea, becoming the world’s first merchant vessel to travel the full length of the NSR without  icebreaker escort
    • Completion of series of refinancing deals totalling USD 324.0 million, including an additional USD 150 million tap of the 2016 USD 750 million Eurobond issue and a new USD 174.0 million long-term Sberbank facility for the Prirazlomnoye Project vessels, Kirill Lavrov and Mikhail Ulyanov
    • The Group has received a number of industry awards and notations including Seatrade’s ‘Deal of the Year’ award for its USD 750 million 7-year Eurobond bond offering and subsequent tap in 2017, and Lloyd’s List’s ‘Tanker Operator of the Year’ award at its annual Global Awards, as well as shortlistings in September for four separate Platts Global Energy Awards.

    Commenting on the results, Sergey Frank, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, said:

    “This year has proven to be a very challenging period for the tanker industry and the situation now faced by many conventional tanker shipowners is especially severe. An over-supply of tonnage and reduced demand, resulting from oil capacity cut-backs led by OPEC, have resulted in low freight rates over a sustained period which have weighed upon the earnings of all participants in the tanker shipping industry.  With tanker freight rates in some segments of the spot market declining by more than 50 per cent year-on-year, Sovcomflot’s results have not been immune from the earnings weakness affecting our industry". 

    Nikolai Kolesnikov, Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer, commented:

    Sovcomflot’s performance in the first nine months of 2017 reflects the harsh realities of the tanker market. However, the significant decline in tanker market freight rates over the period was countered by our higher value-added industrial shipping activities in offshore and gas transportation which we have been growing consistently over the past years and which currently account for up to 50 per cent of the Group’s total invested capital.”

    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 150 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.

    Read more at the Group’s website: www.scf-group.com




2017 December 11

12:24 Gdansk, Poland to host Transport Week 2018 on March 6-8
12:01 JNPT records growth of 5.76% in container handling DPD share up at 34.73 per cent
11:48 Marine environment protection in Southeast Asia gets fresh backing from Norad
11:33 IMO took part in Salvage & Wreck London 2017 Conference
11:09 Vroon holds naming ceremony for VOS Stone
10:46 RF Transport Ministry starts drafting a bill to divide work between providers of pilotage services
10:22 Brent Crude futures price down 0.43% to $63.13, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $57.13
10:00 DNV GL presents GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA statement for exoskeleton LNG tanks
09:59 Throughput of port HaminaKotka (Finland) up 10.4% to 13.36 mln t in 11M’17
09:40 Throughput of port Ventspils (Latvia) up 9% to 18.5 mln t in 11M’17
09:34 China Merchants Port officially operates Hambantota Port
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,702 points

2017 December 9

06:36 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates for all cargoes and all container types from North East Asia to Australia
06:35 British Ports looking for cross border trade solutions as the UK and EU pass first big hurdle in the Brexit negotiations
06:30 Polarcus secures funding for 3D broadband project in Australia
04:11 CMA CGM GROUP completes the acquisition of MERCOSUL Line and strengthens its service offering in South America

2017 December 8

21:46 Neptumar agency successfully completes challenging two-phased delivery of project cargo from China to St. Petersburg
18:17 Yamal LNG loads first batch of LNG on Christophe de Margerie tanker
18:06 Wison multifunctional LNG Distributor granted AiP by DNV GL
17:06 China Classification Society signs Framework Agreement with MAN
16:58 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard is ready to lay down yet another mine countermeasures vessel for RF Navy (photo)
16:27 Ice-class ships Spasatel Demidov, Admiral Lazarev and Admiral Serebryakov will assist vessels in the Kerch Strait this winter (photo)
16:05 MAN PrimeServ China signs Service Station Agreement with Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard
15:36 CMA CGM premium service to optimize CO2 emissions
15:34 Morsviazsputnik and Qiwi Blockchain Technology signed cooperation agreement (photo)
15:10 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6 mln t of cargo in 11M’17, up 18% Y-o-Y
14:46 ABB opens first ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operation Center in China
14:19 ABB AbilityTM extended with digital turbocharging solutions for marine
13:48 Sovcomflot’s Christophe de Margerie named Engineering Project of the Year at 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards
13:43 Jumbo signs LOI to order new LNG powered offshore construction vessel
13:25 Bunker prices go down at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
13:01 Teekay Tankers announces management change
12:30 Le Havre, France hosts "Women in Port Management" course
12:01 Port of Virginia posts results for Nov 2017
11:43 LUKOIL starts drilling of first production well at Filanovsky field's Phase 2
11:22 FESCO transported 21 000 tons of cargo to northern Russia
11:01 BMT awarded new funding for autonomous navigation
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.06% to $62.24, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $56.7
10:19 Bunker prices go down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Boston
09:38 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 308,800 t in 11M’17, up 8.8% (photo)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,679 points
09:13 Wärtsilä Linesafe for propeller shafts revolutionises bearing design
08:12 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles ask for proposals to reduce vessels’ at-berth emissions
07:11 ME-GI/ME-LGI dual-fuel engines hit 100,000 operating hours
06:12 ABS Executive lays out vision for future of shipping
05:12 Fincantieri launches new cruise ship “Nieuw Statendam”
04:13 London leads with first Air Quality Strategy for a UK port
03:13 CSSC GWS smart ship project achieves LR cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes
02:13 DNV GL presents GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA statement for exoskeleton LNG tanks
01:24 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey contract for Statoil’s Johan Castberg turret mooring system

2017 December 7

18:15 MABUX Weekly Report: Rising oil production in the U.S. may pressure bunker prices
18:11 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) down 6.7% to 31.11 mln t in 11M’17
17:50 Antwerp will host European Environmental Ports Conference on 16-17 May 2018
17:28 The Port of Gdansk gets yet another EU subsidy
17:05 Crowley’s newest LNG-fueled ConRo ship launched at VT Halter Marine
16:35 Prosafe extends standstill agreement with Cosco
16:16 Port Bronka presents railway-yard project for Russia to take over dry bulk cargo flows (photo)
16:05 OOCL introduces Japan Vietnam Service
15:37 Wärtsilä enters joint project agreement for shuttle tanker development