In 1988 the all-union commercial foreign trade association “Sovcomflot” was re-formed as a joint-stock commercial enterprise – one of the first in modern Russia. The fleet’s total deadweight at the time was 1.6 million tonnes. It did not have a clearly defined specialisation. The enterprise’s founders were Minmorflot of the USSR and the country’s maritime shipping companies - Dalnevostochnoye, Chernomorskoye, Novorossiyskoye, Latviyskoye, Baltiyskoye, and Sovetskoye Dunayskoye. Thanks to an intelligently designed development strategy, Sovcomflot was gradually transformed from an unremarkable shipping company into one of the global leaders in maritime energy transportation. More

    • The start of commercial foreign cargo charter operations
    • First financial accounts published in line with international standards
    • Creation of JSC Sovcomflot – one of the first joint-stock companies in the history of modern Russia
    • Foundation of the Group’s technical manager – SCF Unicom
    • Receipt of first syndicated loans from international banks
    • Start of independent tanker fleet technical management operations
    • First oil shipment in the port of Primorsk (Leningrad oblast)
    • Start of LNG carrier operations
    • Development strategy focused on the maritime transportation of hydrocarbons for 2005-2010 approved
  • 2008
    • Creation of a new SCF brand for the Group
    • First oil shipment made from Russia’s Arctic shelf (Varandey project)
    • OAO Novoship merges with OAO Sovcomflot
    • First Russian LNG shipment (Sakhalin-II project).
    • Start of platform supply vessel operations
  • 2010
    • SCF Baltica (113,000 tonnes) becomes the largest tanker in history to successfully cross the Northern Sea Route
    • First engineering operation to tow oil platform base structure into position at new offshore field (Sakhalin-I project).
    • Seismic exploration vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov commences operations
    • Opening of SCF Arctic (group of companies) to support broader participation in servicing projects on Russia’s continental shelf
    • Representative office opened in South-East Asia (Singapore)
    • The ship Vladimir Tikhonov (Suezmax class, 163,000 tonnes dwt) becomes largest tanker in history to cross the Northern Sea Route
    • Development strategy for 2011- 2020 approved.
  • 2014
    • The Arctic shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov (deadweight: 70,000 tonnes) undertook the first shipment of crude oil extracted from Russia’s Arctic shelf
    • A joint enterprise specialising in offshore seismic exploration was founded with the French company CGG
    • The port of Sochi was successfully modernised as part of preparations for the 22nd Winter Olympic Games held in the city
    • Sovcomflot celebrated its 25th anniversary
    • The largest tanker in Russia’s commercial fleet was named Svet (size: VLCC, deadweight: 320,000 tonnes)
    • The dual jubilee at the Sakhalin-2 project: the gas tanker Grand Elena made her hundredth voyage from the port of Prigorodnoye in Russia to Japan, and the oil tanker Zaliv Aniva delivered its 400th consignment of oil to the ports of Japan since year-round shipping operations began in 2008
    • The construction of the series of advanced design Atlanticmax-type LNG carriers, Velikiy Novgorod, Pskov, SCF Melampus and SCF Mitre, finished
  • 2016
    • SCF Group has significantly strengthened its positions in the strategic market segments with the purchase of 9 up-to-date ice class tankers from PRISCO and 2 icebreaking supply vessels from Swire Pacific Offshore
    • SCF Group consolidated its subsidiaries responsible for the technical management of the fleet within a new single governance structure under the umbrella brand SCF Management Services
    • The construction of the unique series of the Arctic shuttle tankers Shturman Albanov, Shturman Malygin and Shturman Ovtsyn for the year-round transportation of oil from the Gulf of Ob completed
    • Sovcomflot became the title sponsor of the SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016
    • Sovcomflot introduced a ‘Green Funnel’ series of pioneering Aframax crude oil tankers that use LNG as a primary fuel
    • Lomonosov Prospect, an LNG-fuelled Aframax tanker, successfully completed a commercial voyage along the Northern Sea Route from Asia to Europe
    • With the delivery of Yevgeny Primakov, the number of Sovcomflot’s multipurpose icebreaking vessels serving the Sakhalin oil & gas projects rose to ten
    • Sovcomflot brought a tall ship regatta to the Russian Far East, the first such international races hosted in the region in its recent history
    • SCF Group partners with Shell made the first global step towards LNG-fuelled oil tanker industry
    • Sovcomflot's tanker Shturman Albanov won the award for ‘2016 Ship of the Year’ at the international industrial Marine Propulsion Awards 2017
    • SCF introduces Christophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-breaking LNG tanker designed to serve Yamal LNG project
    • Three new icebreaking standby and supply vessels for the Sakhalin-2 project are delivered, named after Russian admirals Fedor Ushakov, Stepan Makarov, and Gennadiy Nevelskoy
  • 2020
    • SCF Group was named ‘Shipping Company of the Year’ at Seatrade Maritime Awards International 2020
    • SCF further expanded its long-term industrial business portfolio: 17 new icebreaking LNG carriers were time chartered to the Arctic LNG 2 project in 2020
    • SCF took delivery of two new-generation LNG carriers, SCF La Perouse and SCF Barents. They are among the first globally to feature a boil-off gas partial re-liquefaction system
    • Christophe de Margerie, an icebreaking LNG carrier, became the first large-capacity cargo vessel to complete an eastbound transit of the Northern Sea Route in May, two months earlier than when navigation traditionally commences
    • Sovcomflot named Company of the Year at the 2019 Lloyd’s List Europe Awards
    • Sovcomflot and NOVATEK established SMART LNG, a joint venture that will own and operate a fleet of LNG carriers serving the Arctic LNG 2 project
    • Three SCF ‘Green Funnel’ tankers completed commercial voyages across the Northern Sea Route, using only LNG fuel. With these voyages, Sovcomflot leads the industry by example and promotes using LNG as a cleaner-burning fuel for the Arctic operations
    • Ahead of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, the newest SCF shuttle tanker was named in honour of Mikhail Lazarev, one of the Russian explorers who have discovered the sixth continent
    • Arctic LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie became the first ever large-capacity cargo vessel to transit the Northern Sea Route in February. It allowed for a significant extension of the period of navigation in the Eastern sector of the Russian Arctic
    • Sovcomflot and Shell pioneered the expansion of LNG bunkering infrastructure in the USA with the completion of the first ever Aframax LNG fuelling in the Western hemisphere, at the Port of Canaveral, Florida, USA
    • Sovcomflot and Shell performed a landmark 150th marine LNG fuelling operation for SCF’s ‘Green Funnel’ Aframax tankers
  • 2022
    • Sovcomflot took delivery of Okeanskiy Prospect, the lead vessel in a series of two new-generation LNG-fuelled Aframax tankers ordered at Zvezda Shipyard
    • SCF and Gazprom Neft pioneered Marine LNG bunkering in Russia: tanker Korolev Prospect completed the first ever domestic LNG fuelling operations at the Port of Ust-Luga
    • The Company introduced the new series of ice-class shuttle tankers built for the Sakhalin-1 project