Sovcomflot presents Green Funnel LNG vessels to IMO

Russia’s largest shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF) has presented the technology of its LNG-powered tankers of the ‘Green Funnel’ series to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Sovcomflot presents Green Funnel LNG vessels to IMO
Courtesy of Sovcomflot

The SCF management and secretary-general of the IMO Kitack Lim held a meeting on 12 October in London.

Sovcomflot informed IMO about its work in the sphere of emission reduction. This is in line with IMO’s ambition to decarbonise maritime transport and achieve zero emissions by 2050.

The company particularly highlighted three years of its experience in operating LNG-powered tankers of the ‘Green Funnel‘ Aframax series.

During the meeting, they presented a model of Gagarin Prospect tanker, the world’s first LNG-fuelled Aframax.

Additionally, the model will serve as a successful example of the implementation of engineering solutions in the maritime industry. It will be installed at the IMO headquarters.

The experience of ‘Green Funnel’ vessels confirms that LNG allows the annual reduction of CO2 emissions by 26 per cent. It also reduces SOx emissions by 100 per cent, and NOx emissions by 94 per cent.

Furthermore, for almost all of its newbuild vessels, Sovcomflot provides the possibility of using LNG as marine fuel. The company has five LNG-fuelled tankers under construction and six LNG-fuelled tankers in operation.

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“The use of LNG as a marine fuel is the most optimal engineering solution in the short and medium-term in compliance with the current international standards for reducing air emissions during ship operation…SCF is constantly exploring the possibilities of using alternative fuels and technologies to reduce the carbon footprint in the marine areas of its presence,” the company said in a statement to IMO.

By using LNG fuel, SCF’s ‘Green Funnel’ tankers have saved some 64,000 tonnes of CO2 over 2018-2021.