• 2021 March 19 13:59

    Gagarin Prospect completes first ever LNG Aframax tanker fuelling in USA

    On 15 March 2021 Sovcomflot and Shell broke new ground, with the completion of the first ever Aframax tanker fuelling using LNG in the USA, Sovcomflot says in a press release.

    Sovcomflot’s Gagarin Prospect, on long-term charter to Shell, was en-route from Corpus Christi to Europe.  She received 1,075 cubic metres of marine LNG from the Shell NA LNG LLC chartered Q-LNG 4000 outside the Port of Canaveral, Florida. This represented the first ever ship-to-ship LNG fuelling of a large capacity Aframax tanker in the USA.

    This event demonstrates the rapid expansion of LNG bunkering infrastructure globally. The deviation from the vessel’s usual voyage route amounted to less than 150 nautical miles (0.5 days) and the bunkering time was 11 hours. LNG can now be supplied ship-to-ship on the principal transatlantic tanker trade routes between Europe and the US Gulf, and the US Gulf and East Coast Canada, which has seen traffic increasing rapidly as a result of the growth in WTI crude exports from the US Gulf.  

    Gagarin Prospect is the lead vessel in SCF Group’s pioneering series of dual fuelled 'Green Funnel' Aframax tankers, delivered in 2018/2019, and one of two in the series on long-term time charter to Shell. The continued expansion of LNG fuelling in the United States facilitates the growing use of vessels able to utilise LNG in their main engines, auxiliaries and boilers, providing for a much reduced emissions’ footprint compared with conventionally fuelled tankers.

    Performing this voyage using LNG fuel rather than permissible conventional fuels and including discharge operations, SCF’s technical team estimate reductions in CO2 emissions of 24 per cent, SOx emissions reduced by 100 per cent and NOx emissions reduced by 95 per cent. The fuel economy from using LNG as a main fuel amounts to 10-12 per cent compared to conventional fuels.

    Sergey Popravko, Chief Operating Officer of SCF Group, said:

    “This is another important milestone highlighting the progress of the сombined efforts of Shell and Sovcomflot to reduce the environmental impact of energy shipping. Our work started back in 2018, with the first marine LNG fuelling operation of Gagarin Prospect in the Port of Rotterdam.  The current LNG-bunkering confirms the leadership position of Sovcomflot in “green” shipping and our responsible approach to environmental safety, which lies at the heart of SCF’s activity. We are investing significant efforts to the transition of our fleet towards energy efficiency and the use of cleaner fuels.

    “We are pleased that Shell has opened up LNG fuelling along this important transatlantic trade route, demonstrating that marine LNG fuelling infrastructure is no longer limited to hubs in Northern Europe and Singapore.

    “It is symbolic that the bunkering took place at the Port of Canaveral, being the space hub of the United States of America, involving the Russian tanker Gagarin Prospect named after Planet Earth’s first cosmonaut.”

    Karrie Trauth, General Manager, Shell Shipping & Maritime Americas, said:

    “As part of Shell’s target to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society, we are working with customers across every sector to help them decarbonize. LNG is the choice today for new builds to help slow the rate of global greenhouse gas emissions while we work hard at developing zero-emissions fuels. I’m pleased to see the first Aframax tanker fuelled with LNG in the United States as this is an important milestone for the industry.”

    Sovcomflot (SCF Group) stands at the forefront of decarbonisation and reducing the environmental risks of fleet operations. The company is making a transition from heavy fuels to “greener” gas, constantly replenishing the fleet with "green" vessels.

    At the moment, SCF’s fleet operates 6 LNG-fuelled Aframax tankers, with 5 more LNG-powered vessels on order (2 crude and 3 oil-product tankers) and being built at the Zvezda Shipyard (Primorsky Krai). In addition, the entire fleet of gas carriers uses LNG as their main fuel (12 vessels in operation and 19 LNGCs under construction). By 2025, 42 SCF vessels will be fully operated on environmentally safe liquefied gas, which will significantly reduce the impact on the environment.

    In 2015, Sovcomflot and Shell embarked on an ambitious project to introduce LNG as a fuel for large-capacity tankers.

    In February 2018, Shell has signed long-term charter agreements with SCF Group for the operation of two 'Green Funnel' Aframax tankers (with a deadweight of 114,000 tonnes each). Gagarin Prospect is the flagship of this series, named after the first cosmonaut on Earth, Yury Gagarin. The vessel entered into charter in July 2018. The second tanker, Samuel Prospect, is named after the founder of Shell Transport & Trading Co, Sir Marcus Samuel, was transferred to the commercial management of Shell in 2019.

    Gagarin Prospect was the first LNG-powered Aframax in the world, specially designed to operate on LNG. She was delivered in July 2018 and is the lead ship in a series of six sister vessels.

    In October 2018, Shell’s bunker vessel Cardissa delivered the first ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG to SCF’s Gagarin Prospect at the Port of Rotterdam, setting an important precedent for the global shipping industry, proving the feasibility of powering large-capacity vessels with LNG fuel.

    Adopting LNG as a primary fuel for Arctic shipping has a good potential given the fragile ecosystem of the Arctic region and the rapid development of new industrial projects underway there.

    In October 2018, another tanker of the Green series Lomonosov Prospect commenced an experimental voyage along the Northern Sea Route operating on LNG.

    In May 2019 Gagarin Prospect won a 2019 Marine Propulsion Award and was named 'Ship of the Year.'

    Using LNG as a fuel dramatically reduces vessel emissions into the atmosphere, enabling the significant reduction of the industry’s environmental impact. Reductions achieved are: Carbon dioxide (CO2) – 27 per cent; Sulphur oxides (SOx) – 100 per cent; Nitrogen oxides (NOx) – 76 per cent compared to the use of conventional fuel.




2021 September 17

16:47 Zelenodolsk Plant named after M. Gorky launches mall-size missile ship Grad
16:31 PIL launches new South China to India West Coast Service - South China India Express
16:05 De Beers’ latest diamond recovery vessel departs Damen Shipyards Mangalia for Southern Africa
15:46 Port of Melbourne CEO announces retirement
15:25 Transneft Baltic holds large-scale firefighting and tactical drills at Ust-Luga Oil Depot
14:18 Grain traders to address RF Ministry of Agriculture and ask it revise grain export duty calculation system
13:27 Rostov Grain Terminal handled 80,000 tonnes of grain in August 2021
12:10 APM Terminals Poti marks two years without injury and celebrates its safety culture
11:56 Vitol’s V-Bunkers to bring electric-hybrid bunker tankers to Singapore harbour
11:05 ABS and DSME to develop very large liquefied CO2 carrier
10:55 DP World to invest £300m in new fourth berth at London Gateway logistics hub
10:34 Severnaya Verf shipyard launches third processing trawler of Project 170701, Kapitan Ostashkov (video)
09:58 The Port of Calais officially inaugurated
09:26 Crude oil market sees downward price correction
09:23 MABUX: No firm trend is registered on global bunker market on Sep 17
09:09 Baltic Dry Index as of September 16

2021 September 16

18:35 Boskalis completes EUR 100 million share buyback program
17:30 Construction of port Lavna kicked off in Murmansk Region
17:21 APM Terminals opens first “Fast Corridor” between Vado Ligure reefer terminal and inland customers in Italy
17:05 Wärtsilä cloud simulation now available on-demand via OTG’s Ocean Learning Platform
16:41 Evergreen’s Ever Ace with WinGD’s large bore X92 bore size engines crossed the Suez Canal
16:14 The new Port of Calais officially inaugurated after six years of construction
15:45 Southampton’s newest cruise terminal officially opened
15:35 Organizers of International Conference “Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet“ offer the event programme
15:14 Dublin Port publishes Port Infrastructure Charges Pricing Strategy 2022 to 2026
14:53 Port of Oakland beef export volume up 25 percent in Jan - July 2021
14:37 UK ports welcome public support for clean maritime projects
14:26 IVECO and Nikola sign MoU with Hamburg Port Authority for zero-emission Class 8 battery-electric trucks
13:40 SMM Maritime Industry Report (MIR) shows industry on track for sustainability
13:16 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 37, 2021
13:02 Port of Los Angeles cargo volume exceeds 954,000 TEU in August 2021
12:11 Sharrow Marine announces plans to roll out an exclusive OEM Sharrow Propeller™ Boatbuilder Program
11:47 TransContainer arranged transit transportation from Korea to Turkey via Far East and Novorossiysk ports
11:24 DOF Group announces new contracts in Brazil
11:02 Cargo-passenger ferry Pavel Leonov arrived at Korsakov, the ship’s homeport
10:38 Capacity of Vostochny Port’s multipurpose complex to be raised to 117,000 TEUs per year
10:21 Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy sees great interest in the Norwegian continental shelf
10:13 DFDS acquires ICT Logistics
09:49 Crude oil prices continue rising driven by data on reduction of reserves
09:30 Maersk acquires a Portuguese cloud-based logistics start-up HUUB
09:16 Baltic Dry Index as of September 15
09:15 MABUX: Global bunker prices may rise sharply on Sep 16
08:28 Castor Maritime announces new charter agreements

2021 September 15

18:43 Royal Phuket Marina’s inner-channel dredging project to deliver round-the-clock access for boats up to 35 metres
18:37 NJEDA and PSEG sign 78-year lease for the New Jersey Wind Port
18:17 PGS sets multiple acquisition records
17:55 Nefteflot lays down two ships of Project RDB 66.62
17:31 Subsea 7 awarded FEED contract in Norway
17:30 Gazpromneft Snabzheniye and Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region to develop industrial and logistics park Obsky Prichal in Labytnangi
17:09 bp and NYK Line join forces to help decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors
16:57 SFL sells seven handysize bulk carriers
16:51 Yantar shipyard launches production of thermal and sound insulation
16:06 Sea Machines Robotics to embark on 1,000 nautical mile autonomous and remotely commanded journey around Denmark
14:34 Embracing digitalization will bring new opportunities and new discipline to cargo underwriting, says IUMI
14:02 Container ship FESCO Yanina joins the FESCO fleet
13:03 ICS issues new anti-COVID guidance
12:55 Evergreen Marine renews its 22-year LTSSP contract with KDI for another decade
12:49 SCF and Gazprom Neft join forces to facilitate decarbonisation and digitalisation in energy shipping
12:11 Options taken on additional Knutsen OAS LNG carriers results in three more Compact Reliq orders for Wärtsilä
11:37 PJSC TransContainer launches regular service from China to Rostov-on-Don via Nakhodka