• 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 June 18

11:47 Freeport of Riga Authority and Port of Rotterdam Authority sign cooperation agreement
11:24 Port of Tallinn signs MoU with the City of Tallinn for development of the Old City Harbour area
11:01 Dorian LPG Board declines BW LPG'S unsolicited proposal
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.76% to $72.88, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.73% to $63.73
10:12 Capital Product Partners L.P. announces new period charters for four of its product tankers
10:03 Port of Silloth invests £250,000 in new solar farm on Marshall Dock
09:41 Fishers fatalities give impetus to fishing vessel safety work
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points

2018 June 17

18:40 Port of Oakland's largest terminal operator OK new lease to 2027
18:38 GoodBulk Ltd. announces delivery of Capesize vessel
18:32 Navios Maritime Partners announces sale of containership and options to sell four additional containerships

2018 June 15

18:35 Hapag-Lloyd implements Peak Season Surcharge from Mediterranean to USA
18:05 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean adds Adelaide on the Australia service
17:54 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 5M’18 up 12% Y-o-Y to 6.05 million tonnes
17:35 GTT conducts two FEED studies on two types of Gravity Based System
17:20 Throughput of port Vyborg in 5M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 610,900 tonnes
17:05 Port of Koper officially part of the New Silk Road
16:40 Yantar Shipyard launches yet another trawler of Project SK-3101R
16:35 Port of Long Beach volume up to 687,427 TEU in May 2018
16:05 Royal IHC joins PortXL
15:45 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 5M’18 declined by 3% Y-o-Y to 7.49 million tonnes
15:22 Main phase of Nizhegorodsky hydrosystem project obtains state expert approval
15:21 VTG FastTrack makes ad hoc transportation from the Port of Hamburg possible
15:00 Vopak opens new rail infrastructure in the port of Antwerp
14:21 Royal IHC and IHC IQIP sign memorandum of agreement with SOIC
14:09 DNV GL issues first type approval for aluminium cables onboard ships
13:16 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’18 down 18% Y-o-Y to 22.63 million tonnes
12:48 Bunker prices are down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:27 Innovative solution for lowering of ship emissions tested in the port of Rotterdam
12:23 LUKOIL commissions third well at Filanovsky field second stage
11:59 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 5M’18 down 1% to 41.48 million tonnes
11:31 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 16% to 24.73 million tonnes in 5M’18
11:02 Lloyd’s Register and TWI launch Fullagar Technologies
10:30 Kotug Smit Towage performs naming ceremony for Damen tugs Rotterdam & Beagle
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 0.14% to $75.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.09% to $66.83
10:02 Seaports of Ukraine handled 54.3 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’18, down 2.1% Y-o-Y
09:40 Throughput of Russian seaports in 5M’18 grew by 2.7% Y-o-Y to 328.4 million tonnes (detalization)
09:19 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,433 points

2018 June 14

18:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from East Mediterranean ports to Gulf and Red Sea
17:47 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 5M’18 up 37% Y-o-Y to 15.34 million tonnes
17:33 APL unveils new China Southeast Asia Service 8
17:30 Specifications of products to be rated as manufactured in Russia will be updated
17:03 Pasha Hawaii receives new refrigerated containers as part of container replenishment program
16:48 State Duma approves federal law on setting rouble prices for services offered in Russian seaports (document)
16:33 Long Beach Harbor Commissioners adopt port budget
16:16 Rosmorport announces tender for dredging works in water area of port Vanino
16:03 Prosafe extends standstill agreement with Cosco
15:50 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver two 22 MW icebreakers of Project IBSV01 by November’18
15:32 Huisman and RAMLAB start project for the production of 3D large offshore crane hook
15:19 FESCO fleet began supplying of goods to northern Russia
15:02 HMM, Evergreen and APL launch China-Australia express service
14:32 Keppel delivers second rig to Borr Drilling
14:20 Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga accepted and handled a Panamax ship
14:02 MOL's newbuilding coal carrier OI MARU to serve JERA Trading
13:47 Global fuel market is waiting for some clarity from the Vienna meeting next week, expert says
13:46 Three nuclear-powered icebreakers of Project 22220 will be delivered by 2021 – USC
13:32 DFDS orders additional freight ferry newbuilding from Jinling Shipyard
13:02 TechnipFMC and DOF Subsea announce the delivery of Skandi Recife and commencement of contract with Petrobras
12:44 WMU joins in Malmö coastline clean-up for World Oceans Day 2018
12:25 APM Terminals offers new gateway to Iraq