• 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. 




2019 May 21

18:33 Maersk to charter 13 new feeder ships powered by conventional fuel from 2021
18:25 Long-term Wärtsilä service agreements support optimal performance for LNG Carriers
18:04 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Nisshin Shipping
17:48 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Apr'2019 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 6.65 million tonnes
17:25 Bunker prices still show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:19 ABB to enable world’s first hydrogen-powered river vessel
17:04 Port of Zeebrugge sets new record with maiden call of OOCL United Kingdom
16:42 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down Pioner-M, research ship of Project 25700
16:19 USCG host workshop to discuss safe operation of commercial passenger vessels
16:04 IMO issues additional guidance for sulphur 2020 implementation
15:33 UN agency pushes forward on shipping emissions reduction
15:19 Nevsky Shipyard delivers Nevsky Shipyard second vessel in a series of five dry cargo vessel of project RSD59
15:03 Panama Canal announces enhancements to its Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program
14:27 DSD sells its ferry and expressboat company Norled
14:06 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Apr’2019 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 18.95 million tonnes
14:03 MOL and Weathernews release of FOCUS Project part I 'Fleet Viewer' application
13:44 Port of Hamburg posts Q1 2019 results
13:41 Czech and Polish officials visit the Port of Gdansk to promote trade between the countries
13:14 Multipurpose Reloading Complex boosts investments in environment protection 15 times to RUB 8 million
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 35.55 million tonnes in 4M’19, up 8% Y-o-Y
12:25 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Apr'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 19.67 million tonnes
12:02 IAPH Port Planning and Development Committee published a report “Autonomous Vehicles’ Impact on Port Infrastructure Requirements ”
11:28 Port of Kiel welcomes “Aidaprima” for its maiden call
11:00 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 2.9 million for implementation of its social programme in 1Q’2019
10:11 Swan Hunter completes modular offshore grid cable storage load-in
09:56 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.31% to $72.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $63.48
09:27 Debmarine Namibia to invest in world’s first custom-built diamond recovery vessel
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,041 points
08:05 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 21

2019 May 20

18:35 First MAN dual-fuel, diesel-mechanical propulsion package bound for LNG-powered ferry
18:24 Peel Ports expands logistics services with acquisition
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
17:28 Less storm damage in the port of Rotterdam because of Windbreakers
17:14 HMM to launch new Corporate Identity
17:06 Access World Terminals expands premises and activities in North Sea Port
16:54 Arctic LNG 2 and TechnipFMC sign EPC Contract for LNG plant
16:31 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:05 Damen Shiprepair Brest completes rapid repairs to LNG Carrier Methane Princess
15:38 Scrubber washwater to be investigated
15:15 MEPC agrees on scrubber guidance
14:51 Finnlines’ Tapani Voionmaa elected to the BIMCO Board of Directors
14:26 Gazpromneft Marine Bunker’s sales in 1Q’19 grew by 25% YoY to 800,000 tonnes
14:02 Zeaborn places 100 ships with Verifavia Shipping & Korean Register for Inventory of Hazardous Material services
13:44 Ministry of Transport and Communication of Finland: Reforms related to ship safety nearing completion
13:23 IMO organized workshop for getting audit-ready in Cameroon
13:02 Wärtsilä and LUT University to collaborate on research for 100% renewable energy systems
12:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 19,363 in RF spot market
12:01 International shipping on track to meet 2030 CO2 reduction target following critical UN IMO meeting
11:45 SMS Towage calls on Damen for two ASD 2411 Tugs
11:34 Annual capacity of Russia’s Baltic ports can be increased by 32.5% to 478.9 million tonnes by 2025
11:12 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 8% Y-o-Y to 15.78 million tonnes
10:50 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 1.1% Y-o-Y to 205.72 million tonnes
10:27 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan-Apr’19 remained flat at 178.59 million tonnes
10:05 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.27% to $73.13, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.18% to $63.66
09:46 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.6% to 5.99 million TEUs in Jan-Apr’2019
09:24 CLIA Conference and trade fair held in Southampton
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,040 points
08:59 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 20

2019 May 19

16:51 Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio on the Europe–Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast trade
15:47 CMA CGM to implement FAK rates for Asia to the Middle East Gulf, Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trades