On 22 October 2019, Sovcomflot took part in the 3rd annual ‘LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia’ conference held in Moscow by PortNews media group with a support from the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Russian Chamber of Shipping. The delegation of Sovcomflot speakers at the event included Igor Tonkovidov, President and CEO of the Company; Roman Pokromkin, Deputy Head of the Company's Technical Policy and Shipbuilding Unit, and Mikhail Kovalsky, Director of the SCF Training Centre (St. Petersburg).
At the conference, Igor Tonkovidov delivered a report on Sovcomflot’s successful experience of adopting LNG as a primary fuel for large-capacity tankers. Currently, the Company has six LNG-fuelled crude oil tankers in operation.
“During the summer navigation period this year, several Sovcomflot vessels have successfully completed commercial voyages across the Northern Sea Route while using only LNG fuel for the entire length of it. During these voyages, we have tested the operation of tanker fuel systems and vessel machinery in low temperatures of the Arctic, and used a new deep-water route through the northern part of the East Siberian Sea. With these voyages, Sovcomflot has once again demonstrated its commitment to using cleaner-burning fuel for operations in the Arctic,” said Igor Tonkovidov.
“We are confident that using LNG fuel for vessels trading in Emission Control Zones such as the North and Baltic Seas is economically more viable than using standard MDO. Our experience of operating large-capacity LNG-fuelled tankers for more than a year shows that that using LNG as a primary fuel achieves a 30 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with similar vessels powered by traditional heavy fuel. Russia’s access to vast deposits of gas gives our country a natural competitive advantage,” he added.
The CEO of Sovcomflot noted that the Russian Ministry of Transport and the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport have already taken a number of consecutive steps to promote the use of LNG as a cleaner-burning fuel. In particular, Baltic ports now provide discounts on port dues for LNG-fuelled vessels. Currently, Gazprom Neft Marine Bunker, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, has the first Russian LNG bunkering vessel under construction, which will operate on the Baltic. In June 2019, Sovcomflot and Gazprom Neft Marine Bunker have signed an agreement to cooperate on implementing projects for bunkering ships with LNG fuel.
SCF Press Service
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 147 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.8 million tonnes. More than 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.