SCF Group to have up to 6 LNG powered tankers built within two years
Shipbuilding programme of Sovcomflot provides for construction, within a 2-year period, of four to six 115,000 DWT Aframax tankers powered by liquefied natural gas and complying with up-to-date environmental standards, IAA PortNews journalist cites Igor Tonkovidov, Sovcomflot Executive Vice-President, Chief Technical Officer of SCF Group, as saying at the International conference “Vital issues of shipping and shipbuilding development”.
According to him, specifications for such vessels have been determined already .
“It is difficult to say which shipyards are to build the fleet. Of course, we would like to have it built by Russian shipyards if there available construction facilities,” Tonkovidov said.
Sovcomflot Group (SCF) is Russia’s largest shipping company and a world leader in the maritime transportation of hydrocarbons as well as the servicing and support of offshore exploration and oil & gas production. SCF is the largest operator of ice class LNG gas carriers in the world. The company’s fleet (owned & chartered) specialises in hydrocarbon transportation from regions with challenging icy conditions and includes 153 vessels with a combined deadweight of about 12.6 million tonnes. A third of these vessels have a high ice class. Sovcomflot supports large-scale offshore energy projects in Russia and overseas, including: Sakhalin-I, Sakhalin-II, Varandey, Prirazlomnoye, Tangguh, and Peregrino. The company is registered in Saint-Petersburg and has representative offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, Madrid, Singapore and Dubai.