Sovcomflot set to operate LNG powered Aframax tanker from mid-2018
PAO Sovcomflot is going to start operating a ‘green’ Aframax tanker powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) from about the middle of 2018, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Sergey Frank, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, as saying at the international forum “Transport Week 2017”.
According to him, the tanker is supposed to be used for commercial shipping in the Baltic and the North Sea.
Construction of a series of Aframax tankers powered by LNG is supposed to start from 2020 at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (Primorsky Territory), added Sergey Frank.
He also emphasized that Sovcomflot had made a principal decision on using LNG as a marine fuel without dwelling on intermediate solutions to comply with toughening environmental standards applied in the shipping industry.
Sovcomflot has been cooperating with Shell to develop the solutions for transition to LNG.
SCF Group (PAO Sovcomflot) is Russia’s largest shipping company and a world leader in the maritime transportation of hydrocarbons as well as the servicing and support of offshore oil & gas production. The company’s fleet numbers 149 vessels with a combined deadweight of 13.1 million tonnes. SCF Group specialises in the shipping of crude oil, liquefied gas and a wide range of oil products. The Group’s vessels perform complex towing operations and geophysical survey work at offshore oil & gas fields. Sovcomflot supports large-scale offshore energy projects in Russia and overseas, including: Sakhalin-I, Sakhalin-II, Varandey, Tangguh, Peregrino, Prirazlomnoye, Noviy Port, Yamal LNG and others. SCF Group employs over 9,300 personnel both on land and at sea. The company is registered in Saint-Petersburg and has representative offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, Madrid, Singapore and Dubai.
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