• 2018 December 7 16:50

    Vladimir Putin presents Captain Zybko with Distinguished Maritime Service Order

    On 27 November 2018 in the Kremlin, the President of the Russian Federation - Vladimir Putin presented high-level state awards to outstanding Russian citizens – people from industry, agriculture, science, education, healthcare, culture and sport, Sovcomflot says in a press release.

    Sergey Zybko, Captain of Christophe de Margerie, Sovcomflot’s Arctic LNG carrier, was awarded the Distinguished Maritime Service Order for his major contribution to the construction project and entry into operational service of Christophe de Margerie, the world's first ice-breaking LNG tanker.

    Christophe de Margerie is the first vessel in a series of 15 large-capacity gas carriers designed for the year-round transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), in the challenging ice conditions of the Kara Sea and the Gulf of Ob, for the Yamal LNG Project. The vessel’s unique engineering and design solutions, powerful propulsion system - comparable to those of nuclear icebreakers, and high ice class (Arc7), allow Christophe de Margerie to transport LNG safely in the extreme climatic conditions encountered in high-latitudes. The introduction of the Christophe de Margerie series of LNG carriers marked a new era in the history of Arctic navigation, and the development of the Arctic region’s natural resources. 

    At the Kremlin award ceremony Captain Zybko said: 

    "My crew and I are honoured to have participated in the historic events that marked a new stage in the development of Russia’s Arctic. Vessels of this size have never before been able to operate independently, all year round, in such extreme navigational and sea ice conditions. Sovcomflot has developed efficient and safe logistics for the Yamal LNG project. We are pleased that the charterer appreciated these qualities, entrusting shipment of the project’s first LNG cargo to a vessel from our company. On behalf of the crew of the gas carrier Christophe de Margerie and all our team, I should like to express my deep appreciation for this high recognition of our work.” 

    The Board and personnel of PAO Sovcomflot warmly congratulate Sergey Nikolaevich on this high-level state award, which is a symbol of his undisputed achievements in the development of Arctic shipping. 

    Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world's leading energy shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The company’s fleet includes 146 vessels with a total deadweight of 12.7 million tonnes. 80 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.

    The Gas carrier fleet managed by PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) numbers 13 vessels. Sovcomflot has been an independent owner and operator of LNG tankers since 2006. It was the first Russian company to enter successfully into this segment of the global shipping market. Among the key charterers of the Group’s gas tanker fleet are: Gazprom; Sakhalin Energy; Shell; Yamal LNG; Sibur, and Tangguh LNG. The Group’s gas tanker fleet generates reliable profits. In 2017, revenues from the Group’s gas transportation business increased by 17.4 per cent on 2016, with the gas segment revenues in 2017 representing 15.6 per cent of the Group’s total revenue base compared with 12.3 per cent in the previous year. 

    Sergey Nikolaevich Zybko is one of the most experienced and professional captains of the Group’s gas carriers. He has dedicated more than 34 years of his life to the sea, initially graduating from the Alexander Popov Naval Radio-electronic Academy in Leningrad, and in 1994 completing his military service as a submarine captain. Since 2006, Captain Zybko has been working for Sovcomflot Group. During this time, he has been master of several SCF gas carriers, including SCF Arctic and SCF Polar, which were the founding vessels of the Group’s LNG carrier fleet. In 2016, he was entrusted with the operation of the first ever Arctic gas carrier Christophe de Margerie. 

    The LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie was custom-designed and built for SCF Group to enable the safe year-round transportation of liquefied natural gas from the Yamal LNG project. The vessel successfully completed ice trials in February-March 2017. On 30 March 2017, Christophe de Margerie successfully berthed at the gas terminal at Sabetta Port. In August 2017, she safely completed her first commercial voyage, having delivered an LNG cargo from Norway to South Korea via the Northern Sea Route (NSR). During this voyage, the vessel set a new time record for an NSR transit of 6 days 12 hours and 15 minutes. In December 2017, the tanker started operations under the Yamal LNG project. So far, while serving the project, Christophe de Margerie has completed 16 voyages, during which 1.2 million tonnes of LNG have been delivered to customers.




2018 December 15

16:23 MOL Passenger Line receives award for outstanding performance in 'Cruise of the Year 2018'
14:53 CMA CGM to implement GRR for India East Coast-West Africa trade
13:51 CMA CGM announces LSS on services from / to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
12:44 NYK Cruises receives Grand Prix Award for 2018 World Cruise
11:27 TT-Line places order for RoPax "green" ferry with China's Jiangsu Jinling Shipyard

2018 December 14

18:17 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama
17:48 Petersburg Oil Terminal puts into operation its emergency response team
17:33 Vinalines to open container shipping centre next week
17:30 Fairway adjustment will simplify Elbe traffic control already next year
17:27 Final cruise ship for the year calls to the Port of Gothenburg
17:23 The MV Magda joins the Klaveness Bulkhandling pool
17:16 India’s containerised export up 10% in the third quarter of 2018
17:13 FSL Trust announces newbuilding agreement for the construction of two LR2 product tankers
17:13 Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations to receive over NOK 100 million in funding from Pilot-E
16:24 World Fuel Services expands bunker operations in US leading up to 2020
15:57 IMO held training workshops in Cameroon Single Window for Foreign Trade Transactions
14:49 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down self-propelled hopper barge of Project HB600
14:08 Irish Continental Group plc takes delivery of cruise ferry W.B.Yeats
13:55 WMU takes part in Ocean Literacy Conference
13:31 First in industry ADNOC co-loads LPG and propylene onto same vessel in Ruwais
13:10 WMU hosted round table discussion regarding key challenges facing IMO
12:53 Bunker market at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia shows mixed price movements (graph)
12:32 Nordic American Offshore secures contract for its PSV NAO Viking
12:11 Rosrybolovstvo supports 2nd Dredging and Hydraulic Engineering Structures Congress
11:50 Association of Commercial Sea Ports celebrates its 30th anniversary
11:24 Gazprom and Itochu sign MoU under Baltic LNG project
11:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreement
10:48 Domestic ferry safety exercise conducted in Indonesia
10:25 IMO holds training for managing insecurity in west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden
10:06 EC adds six new yards to its ‘European List of ship recycling facilities’
09:47 Brent Crude futures price down 0.61% to $61.05, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.4% to $52.37
09:25 GTT notified by HSHI for the tank design of two new LNG carriers for CMM
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points
08:06 Fincantieri publishes its Sustainability Plan 2018-2022
07:14 Port of Long Beach cargo volume up to 621,835 TEU in November 2018
06:09 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for LPG carrier "LAUREL PRIME"

2018 December 13

18:43 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol hit 19-millionth tonne mark
18:28 Port of Kaliningrad throughput in Jan-Nov rose 4% to nearly 13 million tonnes
18:25 Tideway completes installation of longest AC offshore wind export cable at Hornsea One in the UK
17:49 Hapag-Lloyd to cancel calls at Port of Bremerhaven
17:25 Building of Johan Sverdrup Phase II begins
17:19 Port of Vyborg 11-month cargo volumes soar 24% to 1.72 million tonnes
17:13 Seabridge first in Belgium to receive the SCA certificate
17:08 Jan De Nul cleans up polluted beaches along the coast in southern France
17:07 Bunker fuel prices at Far Eastern ports close the week lower
17:00 Murmansk Region will improve water safety regulations – Marina Kovtun
16:47 Port of Vysotsk cargo volume in Jan-Nov rises 6% to 16.86 million tonnes
16:36 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and NAODAN Chartering
16:30 Murmansk Region Governor is a member of revised State Commission for Arctic Development Issues
16:26 YILPORT Holding wins Port Operator Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards
16:03 Rosmorport releases RFPs for design of an DF 12/14MW icebreaker
15:49 Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand
15:46 Baltic Sea Ports Authority icebreakers assist merchant vessels in the Gulf of Finland
15:21 Containerships receives its first LNG-powered container vessel
14:44 Uncertainty lingers in fuel markets despite OPEC cuts
14:17 Maersk Line receives Containership Operator of the Year award
14:13 Iran-Indonesia to develop port cooperation
13:22 NOIA: U.S. territories need the Offshore Wind for Territories Act
13:12 QPS inks first "Green Loan" with BNP Paribas
12:48 Panama Canal signs agreement with Brazil's Port of Itaqui