Russia’s Sovcomflot takes delivery of LNG-fuelled Aframax tanker

Russia’s state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has welcomed into the fleet a new generation LNG-fuelled Aframax oil tanker Okeanskiy Prospekt.

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The 112,650 dwt ship was built at the Zvezda SSC in Primorsky Territory, and its construction was financed by the Russian state development corporation VEB.RF.

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Okeansky Prospect is the lead ship in a series of two Aframax tankers ordered by Sovcomflot in 2019. Upon delivery, the ships will be chartered by Rosneft on a long-term deal. The vessels will burn LNG as their main fuel to lower CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.

The 1А/1B ice-class tanker is 250 m long and 44 m wide and has the ability for year-round transportation of oil from areas in challenging ice conditions, including ports of Russia’s Far East and Baltic basins.

A total of 20 ship construction orders were placed by the company at Zvezda with a total deadweight of about 2 million tons. These include crude oil tankers, petroleum product tankers as well as Arctic gas carriers.