• 2019 October 31

    Aleksandr Kononov, BoD Chairman, Columbia Shipmanagement

    About “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference and LNG bunkering prospects

    - I would like to express my gratitude for the invitation to the “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference which will hopefully be of high interest for our company in the nearest future since we own and operate more than 380 ships, offer technical and crewing management services and see the trend, particularly in the Western Europe, towards transition of ship owners (our clients) to gas fuel. Our interest to this conference should be attributed to Russia’s position as one of the largest suppliers of LNG in the global market, large-scale shipbuilding, participation of Sovcomflot, a pioneer and a leader in the industry. It is important for me to have an opportunity of sharing Sovcomflot experience with our clients. Being in attendance, we could discuss the practices and common problems striving to share it with our clients.

    While working and staying in Rotterdam for a long time, I got an insight into LNG bunkering there. The experience accumulated by the Port of Rotterdam Authority will be highly useful for arranging similar bunkering operations, first small-scale ones, in Russian ports, primarily in the Gulf of Finland. It is of high significance not to let this market shift to Finland or Estonia. Witnessing the development of LNG bunkering in the Baltic states and Belarus, we are aware of the need for a regulatory framework and readiness of the business to these activities.

    Transcript from the statement at “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference