• 2018 June 1 16:45

    Sovcomflot strengthens cooperation with partners at SPIEF-2018

    On 24-25 May 2018, PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) headed by Sergey Frank, CEO of Sovcomflot, participated in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum-2018 (SPIEF). The delegation included Evgeny Ambrosov, First Deputy CEO, and Dmitriy Rusanov, Head of the Division of Development and Management of the Liquefied Natural Gas Fleet. 

    During the forum's activities on 24 May a delegation from CNPC, the largest Chinese oil and gas corporation, paid an official visit to the PAO Sovcomflot headquarters in Saint Petersburg. It included Wang Zhongcai, Vice President of PetroChina (part of CNPC), and Jiang Qi, Director General of CNPC’s Russian operation. During the visit the guests were acquainted with the work of the SCF Training & Engineering Centre. 

    At the SPIEF on 25 May, Sovcomflot and Rosnefteflot signed an agreement whereby SCF’s specialists will provide technical supervision during the construction of Aframax tankers at the Zvezda shipbuilding complex (Primorsky region). The agreement was signed in continuation of an agreement for the construction of state-of-the-art high-tech Aframax tankers at SSK Zvezda and their further long-term chartering, signed in 2017. 

    This series of tankers represents a new generation of vessels which will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their primary fuel, which will significantly enhance environmental protection. The technical specification of the tankers was designed by Sovcomflot's specialists, with the close involvement of the JSC Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre (FESRC). 

    On 25 May, Mr Frank delivered a report at the SPIEF plenary session "Uncovering the potential of the Arctic through the Northern Sea Route". Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Alexey Likhachev, CEO of the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM, Alexey Rakhmanov, President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, and others also took part in the session. 

    The theme of Mr Frank's report was safe and efficient transport solutions for the Arctic energy projects. The President & CEO of Sovcomflot noted that SCF Group today is the world's biggest fleet operator of ice class vessels and has a unique experience of operations in high latitudes. The company's fleet safely provides the transport component for the largest industrial projects in the Arctic and Far East Sea Basins: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port, and Yamal LNG. From 2006 until today, over 4,000 shipments of energy have ocurred from marine and offshore terminals, with over 226 million tonnes of crude oil and 19 million tonnes of LNG safely transported using Sovcomflot’s vessels in the Arctic and Subarctic regions. 

    Mr Frank also noted the importance of the Northern Sea Route, as one of the key Russian and international trade routes, will steadily increase thanks to the presence of large mining projects in the Arctic and Subarctic regions. According to industry estimates, by 2030 shipments of minerals in the Arctic Basin may reach 80 million tonnes annually, with the main component attributable to oil, condensate and LNG. 

    According to Mr Frank, increased shipping intensity within the Arctic and Far east Sea basins will mean need for continual improvement in the use of applicable technologies, the training of top specialists building on the Russian school of ice navigation, active implementation of digital technologies, etc. 

    Mr Frank noted that taking into account the experience of the 2017-2018 winter navigation season, which turned out to be more challenging than in prior years, full compliance with the strictest navigational safety and environmental protection standards plays an important role in the fleet's operation in high latitudes. He also noted that a further development of the region's natural resources requires: the complete exclusion of sub-standard shipping; a full-scale development of navigational and hydrographic support within the region; a further improvement to the system of search-and-rescue operations; implementation of new engineering solutions and more environmentally-friendly fuel types, in particular the use of gas bunker fuel. 

    PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is Russia’s largest shipping company, as well as a global leader in the maritime transportation of hydrocarbons and the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The company’s own and chartered fleet includes 146 vessels with a total deadweight of 12.6 million tonnes. Half of the vessels have an ice class. 

    Sovcomflot is involved in servicing large oil and gas projects in Russia and around the world: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port; Yamal LNG, and Tangguh (Indonesia). The company is headquartered in Saint Petersburg, with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai. 




2018 October 22

15:34 Nornickel’s Polar Transportation Division carried 2.4 million tonnes of cargo in navigation season 2018
15:10 ESPO congratulates Port of Valencia, Ports of Bremen, Port of Moerdijk and Port of Tangier for renewing Ecoports’ Environmental Standard
14:17 Sovcomflot named a finalist in four different categories of 2018 Lloyd’s List Global Awards
13:55 Onezhsky Shipyard delivered ice-class buoy tender named Fortuna
13:23 Pavilion Energy and BW ink deal for long-term charter of two Singapore-flagged LNG newbuilds
12:58 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 21,455 in RF spot market
12:36 LUKOIL BoD recommends interim dividend amount
12:13 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 9M’18 down 1.5% Y-o-Y to 37.46 million tonnes
11:51 Power of gender diversity on the agenda at Seatrade Maritime Middle East
11:32 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.6% to 14.69 million TEUs in Jan-Sep’18
11:09 Abu Dhabi Ports collaborates with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company on international blockchain solution Silsal
10:50 Port of Singapore throughput in 9M’18 grew by 0.9% Y-o-Y to 470.49 million tonnes
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.69% to $80.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $69.76
10:09 NYK PCTC receives special award from the Association for Rescue at Sea
09:47 STLC to obtain additional RUB 5.9 billion of federal subsidies in 2018
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,765 points
09:06 ABS awards AIP to HHI’s standardized FPSO topside
08:08 DP World, UAE Region wins Terminal Operator of the Year at Maritime Standards Awards
06:22 ABS awards AIP to HHI’s deepwater FLNG hull

2018 October 21

08:54 20,000 TEU COSCO SHIPPING Sagittarius named in Shanghai
08:50 CFO Paul Smits leaves the Port of Rotterdam Authority
07:52 COSCO SHIPPING starts shipment of Toyota exhibits

2018 October 20

08:47 Boskalis, Van Hattum en Blankevoort and Mobilis construct deep-sea quay for the new HES Hartel Tank Terminal at Maasvlakte
08:10 Navios Partners announce filing of F - 1 for direct listing of Navios Containers
08:06 Maersk Line increases FAK rates for Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC trade
08:04 U.S. Navy contracts Austal to order materials for EPF 13
07:44 EU Commission launches the European Network of U-space Demonstrators

2018 October 19

18:42 ABN AMRO, Samsung SDS and the Port of Rotterdam Authority launch container logistics blockchain pilot
18:07 Stena Line's battery hybrid vessel completes its first month of operation
17:56 ABN AMRO, Samsung SDS and Port of Rotterdam Authority launch container logistics blockchain pilot
17:35 Port of Gdansk participated in the CILF 2018 fair in China
17:11 Gdansk pays a visit to Singapore
16:57 Testbed established for Internet of Ships Open Platform
16:48 Finland’s Water Transport Act aims to improve safety and increases preparedness for the future
16:26 World’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos” started its voyage to Europe
16:04 KN will motivate its employees with the company's shares
15:42 New Falck training centre on the Maasvlakte officially openes
15:20 Seimas members visiting Klaipėda discussed benefits provided by LNG terminal
14:59 Ukraine plans dredging of 16.33 million cbm of material in 2019
14:37 UN agencies delivering on maritime security
14:15 Hapag-Lloyd starts new Red Sea service
14:00 Atomflot: shipments from Arctic LNG and Yamal LNG to be assisted by diesel and gas powered icebreakers
13:31 MOL's newbuilt LNG carrier "MARVEL EAGLE" to transport LNG from Cameron project in U.S.
13:11 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard launches POSS-115 Project tug
13:05 BigLift Barentsz sails Northern Sea route for Pioneering Spirit
12:48 Glavgosexpertiza approves reconstruction of KSK grain terminal to increase its capacity to 4 million tonnes
12:22 Q&A with ImageSat International released ahead of SMi’s 4th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
12:05 FESCO wins tender for supplying Indian Research Stations in Antarctica in 2019
11:43 Competition for designing and construction of LNG-powered icebreaker to be announced in late 2018 - early 2019
11:20 North Sea Giant turns to The Switch EBL technology
10:54 NOVATEK to place four FLNG facilities on the Northern Sea Route
10:31 RF Navy’s major amphibious ship Ivan Gren enters North Sea
10:07 Port of Vancouver closes 2018 cruise season
09:56 Brent Crude futures price up 0.4% to $79.61, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.35% to $68.89
09:38 Tackling maritime emissions - IMO rolls out ship and port toolkits
09:29 Expert forecasts more favorable ice situation on Northern Sea Route for 30 years ahead
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,565 points
09:07 Hapag-Lloyd, CMA-CGM and COSCO enhance GEM service - covering Mediterranean with the Middle East / ISC
08:37 Samskip launches Netherlands-Italy multimodal rail service
08:07 SEA\LNG submits open comment on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement for Puget Sound LNG facility