• 2019 October 21 17:50

    Two LNG-powered Sovcomflot tankers successfully completed voyages along Northern Sea Route

    Two large-capacity Sovcomflot tankers using cleaner-burning LNG as a primary fuel, Mendeleev Prospect and Lomonosov Prospect, have successfully completed voyages eastbound along the Northern Sea Route (NSR), Sovcomflot says in a press release.

    Lomonosov Prospect has reached Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost end of the NSR, at 05:50 Moscow time on 16 October 2019. Mendeleev Prospect did the same three days later, at 13:00 Moscow time on 19 October 2019. Both vessels, bound for China with a cargo of crude oil from the Port of Primorsk, have crossed the full length of the NSR using only cleaner-burning fuel.

    Lomonosov Prospect completed the voyage from Cape Zhelaniya to Cape Dezhnev in 7 days and 20 hours, covering the distance of 2,095 nautical miles at an average speed of 12 knots. Mendeleev Prospect completed the same voyage in 7 days and 5 hours, covering the distance of 2,104 nautical miles at an average speed of 12.3 knots. With favourable ice conditions along the entire route and precise route planning, both vessels travelled the entire length of the NSR without icebreaker escort.

    “It is gratifying to emphasize that there is an ongoing demand for cargo transit along the Northern Sea Route during the period of summer navigation. Using LNG fuel allows for a significant reduction of the tanker’s emission footprint, which is critical given the fragility of Arctic ecosystem,” noted Igor Tonkovidov, CEO of Sovcomflot.

    “The transit voyage from Cape Zhelaniya to Cape Dezhnev went smoothly. While in passage along the high-latitude route, the tanker ran exclusively on LNG. The tanker fuel system and other components have proved to be highly reliable. I would also like to highlight the exceptional training and skills of the crew. Special thanks to Sovcomflot onshore personnel who provided all the necessary navigation data and other information to the tanker crew and ensured its safe voyage while running on LNG,” said Mark Lyudnik, the Master of Mendeleev Prospect.

    Sovcomflot is steadily introducing LNG as a fuel for large-capacity cargo shipping in the Arctic. In October 2018, Lomonosov Prospect crossed the NSR westbound, successfully testing the operation of the ship engines and controls of the fuel systems using LNG during the voyage. In 2019, Sovcomflot had three of his LNG-fuelled tankers cross the NSR eastbound (Korolev Prospect in September 2019, Lomonosov Prospect and Mendeleev Prospect in October 2019), and one such tanker westbound.

    Currently, Sovcomflot has six LNG-fuelled oil tankers in operation, all delivered in 2018-2019. The lead ship of the series is Gagarin Prospect. Each 113,000-dwt tanker is assigned an ice class of 1A/1B, with a length of 250 metres and a breadth of 44 metres.

    In 2018, Sovcomflot pioneered the adoption of LNG as a primary fuel for large-capacity oil tankers. The data accumulated from operating these tankers shows 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.

    Sovcomflot’s ‘Green Funnel’ initiative to introduce LNG as a primary fuel for large-capacity oil tankers has been commended by industry experts. In 2018, SCF Group won an Environmental Award – Individual Company category at the Lloyd's List Global Awards. In 2019, Gagarin Prospect, the lead ship in the ‘Green Funnel’ vessel series, won the international Marine Propulsion Award for Ship of the Year 2018 and the Nor-Shipping Next Generation Ship Award
    SCF vessels have been successfully operating in the Arctic seas for over a decade. During this period, the company has accumulated unique experience operating advanced marine equipment in harsh environment of high latitudes, as well as developing and introducing logistics support solutions for large-scale energy projects in the Russian Arctic.

    In 2010-2011, Sovcomflot completed several experimental transit voyages along the NSR, proving that using this route as a transport corridor for large-scale cargo ships is both technically feasible and economically viable. These high-latitude voyages involving SCF’s vessels have laid the foundation for implementation of such projects as Yamal LNG and Novy Port.

    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.




2019 November 22

09:46 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.5% to $63.65, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.65% to $58.2
09:27 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,255 points
09:08 Machulez KG coordinates the large scale logistics project at the port of Cuxhaven
08:11 Maersk Tankers is set to increase its managed fleet by 11 tankers

2019 November 21

18:01 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for m/v Polymnia with Cargill
17:50 Freeport of Riga Authority and province of Corrientes sign Protocol of Agreement to facilitate growth of Riga and Corrientes ports
17:23 Training ship Perekop of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet takes course from Sri Lanka to Sevastopol
17:00 Two Sendo Liners to be entering the port of Amsterdam emission-free by 2020
16:45 Severnaya Verf lays down fourth processing trawler of Project 170701 for Norebo Group
16:28 Star Bulk reports Q3 net profit of $5.8 million
16:00 MacGregor secures complete piggy-back hatch cover order from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
15:46 Danfoss Editron appoints Erno Tenhunen as new Marine Director
15:31 ECOsubsea gains further foothold in major European ports to become benchmark for sustainable effective hull cleaning
15:17 Baltic Sea Ports Administration reports readiness of 6 line and 7 port icebreakers for winter navigation season
15:00 Chart Industries joins SEA\LNG coalition
14:38 Orolia Maritime unveils new PLB with Return Link System for 2020
14:21 Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to host 8th edition of ACI’s Ship Recycling Congress on 29-30 January 2020
14:09 Nexans to provide the 225 kV power export cables for one of the biggest offshore wind projects in France
13:50 Bunker market in the Far East ports of Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
13:28 Singapore’s First Women in Shipping Summit to be held on 20-21 April 2020
13:27 Oldendorff Carriers signs agreement with MIT on ship design
13:09 ZIM posts Q3 2019 results
12:46 5th Singapore Maritime Technology Conference to be held on 21-23 April 2020
12:35 Proman Stena Bulk and GSI sign deal for new methanol tankers
12:09 Port of Zeebrugge and Yugo sign MOU for cooperation in Lingang Overseas Modern Industrial Park
11:57 Nobel Brothers Shipyard launches small refrigerating trawler of Project Т30В, Vympel
11:09 MOL to build Japan's 1st LNG-fueled ferries : Sunflower Kurenai and Sunflower Murasaki
10:43 DNG Energy to commence LNG bunkering operations from Algoa Bay next year
10:09 Fincantieri and Ponant sign an MOA for the construction of 2 new-generation cruise ships
09:51 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.2% to 15.27 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’2019
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 21
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.32% to $62.2, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.25% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,260 points
08:29 Port of Hamburg cargo throughput grows 3.2 percent to 104 million tons in first three quarters of 2019

2019 November 20

18:10 FESCO provided transportation of nuclear submarines’ blocks and tanker from Kamchatka Territory to decommissioning site in Primorye
17:48 Cruise ship Mustay Karim returns from successful sea trials
17:06 ECOsubsea gets permission to start offering hull cleaning services to vessels at all Dutch Ports
16:56 Tallinn Shipyard wins prestigious 2019 Safety4sea Europort Awards
16:19 Wärtsilä solutions chosen to upgrade efficiency and environmental performance of Norwegian fishing vessel
16:03 Oboronlogistics completed the delivery of inert materials and special equipment to the Novaya Zemlya
15:00 ESPO: TEN-T policy review must bring maritime links on equal footing with land links
14:09 RF Govt Transport Commission approved inclusion of 57 projects into comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding core infrastructure
13:35 Ecosystem-based management and maritime spatial planning are furthered at HELCOM-VASAB meeting in St Petersburg
12:57 RS takes part in Transport of Russia 2019
12:02 The world’s largest wind turbine tested on Maasvlakte
11:44 WMU signs MoU with International Maritime Academy, Lebanon
11:23 Tariffs for LNG services provided by KN approved for 2020
11:02 Bureau Veritas certifies Ørsted's Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
10:28 Hydraulic engineering structures of Volga-Don Canal underwent reconstruction
10:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 20
10:05 Bunker prices are stable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:02 Yang Ming to launch new Southeast Asia Services
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.11% to $60.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $55.37
09:41 Foreship launches Hamburg business to grow in Germany
09:29 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,304 points
09:14 CMA CGM reviewes Low Sulphur Surcharge for RoRo Med Lines

2019 November 19

18:03 Port of Piraeus throughput reaches 5 million TEU this year
17:50 BPO joins the “More EU budget for transport” coalition
17:22 Throughput of Russia’s seaports expected to grow by 3% to 850 million tonnes in 2019
17:03 Expro awarded contract extension with INPEX, offshore Australia