At the recent Gastech 2017, Sovcomflot (SCF) president and CEO Sergey Frank outlined the company’s strategy on LNG as a fuel for large vessels.
As one of the largest players in the Aframax segment, SCF is pioneering the conversion of this class of vessel to burn LNG as a fuel.
A key event was the signing of a bunkering agreement between SCF Group and Shell for the supply of gas engine fuel for SCF’s Aframaxes that are specially designed to run on LNG.
These tankers will join the SCF’s fleet at the beginning of June, 2018. The new tankers will each have a deadweight of 114,000 dwt and will be certified as Ice Class 1A.
“Aframax is one of the key size categories for tankers employed in transportation of liquid hydrocarbons. These are ships that are most in demand to cater for Russian oil exports. Sovcomflot and Shell are initiating the conversion of this segment of large-capacity tankers to gas engine fuel. Sovcomflot aspires to become a leader in the global transformation of maritime transport towards more efficient and environmentally friendly systems and technologies. The market is set a new standard of navigation safety and quality, which is especially important for the operation of ships in environmentally vulnerable areas of the world ocean,” Frank said at Gastech.