On 20-22 November 2018 Sovcomflot Group participated in the 12th International Forum and Transport of Russia Exhibition, a key end-of-year event organized annually by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, as part of Transport Week.
SCF Group’s President and CEO Sergey Frank delivered a report at the industry conference entitled "Maritime and Inland Transport - a significant element of key infrastructure" organized as part of the Transport week events.
Sergey Frank informed the participants about Sovcomflot's successful experience with the introduction of LNG fuel in the operation of large-capacity tankers and the prospects for the use of such vessels in the Arctic and Far East Sea Basins. "The implementation of major industrial projects in the Arctic requires a comprehensive approach to the development of infrastructure, icebreaker support, navigation and navigational charting etc. The option to use new, more environmentally-friendly, fuel types such as natural gas comes to the fore", said Sergey Frank.
Since 2015, Sovcomflot has sought efficient technical solutions to allow the Group's fleet to meet the most stringent environmental requirements of international conventions. As a result of this work Sovcomflot, together with Shell, has developed a technical design for a series of large-capacity new generation Aframax tankers that use LNG as the primary fuel, supported by a system of bunkering these ‘Green’ tankers operating in the Baltic and North Seas regions with LNG fuel. Sergey Frank stressed that a transition to natural gas engine fuel would allow SCF to comply both with the new environmental standards coming into force and future restrictions on CO2 and greenhouse gases emissions from maritime transport.
Sergey Frank noted that Sovcomflot has a positive experience with the operation of an LNG-fuelled tanker in high latitudes. In October 2018, the SCF tanker Lomonosov Prospect completed a successful westward passage along the Northern Sea Route, having covered 2,194 nautical miles in 7 days and 19 hours. As part of the voyage, the operation of the ship’s engines and fuel system controls had been tested using LNG.
Sergey Frank also noted that the serial construction of ‘Green’ tankers has already been activated in Russia at the Zvezda Shipyard (Primorsky Krai). The first tanker fuelled by LNG is planned to be commissioned in 2022.
As part of the exhibition, the Sovcomflot stand attracted much interest amongst the Forum participants and guests, that included students from maritime universities. The stand presented models of "Green" Aframax and other SCF ships, which are successfully operated serving major industrial projects (Yamal LNG, Novy Port, Prirazlomnoye, Sakhalin-2).
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Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world's leading energy shipping companies, specializing 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.