Gazprom, Sovcomflot Expand LNG Transport Cooperation

Posted by Eric Haun
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gazprom and Sovcomflot named the new state-of-the-art 170,000m³ liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGC) Pskov, after one of the oldest Russian cities. The ship will be chartered to Gazprom Global LNG (GGLNG) under a long-term contract.

The LNGC Pskov is the second vessel in a series of high-specification, ice class Atlanticmax LNG carriers that have been specially designed in accordance with Gazprom’s requirements, and will support Gazprom’s global commercial operations in the gas markets. The first LNGC, Velikiy Novgorod, was delivered and entered service in January of this year. The naming ceremony took place at the STX shipyard, South Korea.

The LNG carriers Velikiy Novgorod and Pskov are an integral part of the cooperation between Gazprom and Sovcomflot, aimed at development of new ‘Gaz Ice’ type LNGCs for harsh environment conditions, with improved technical characteristics to meet Gazprom’s requirements. The Gaz Ice project is the result of joint cooperation between GGLNG, Sovcomflot, the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and Russian shipbuilders. Special provisions have been made for progressive localization of construction work for the LNGC’s at Russian shipyards.

LNGCs of this type are among the most advanced vessels of their class. Their cutting-edge design (including tri-fuel diesel-electric propulsion systems) has been specially adapted for harsh environment operations (Ice2 according to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, with special hardware for operations in low temperature conditions). The design of the gas carriers complies with the latest requirements regarding environmental standards, energy efficiency, crew working and leisure conditions, as well as onboard safety. The type of cargo system (reinforced membrane structure) is suited to operations in challenging climatic conditions. This has been proven through trials carried out in collaboration with experts from the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and the Krylov State Research Centre. The LNGC Pskov is capable of transporting gas on a year-round basis from practically all existing LNG terminals in the world, including Russia’s first LNG terminal, Sakhalin-2, and the future Vladivostok LNG terminal.

Sovcomflot has always assigned a high priority to the training and education of Russia’s next generation of seafarers. In this respect, the Group has developed strong links with Russia’s leading maritime universities and training institutions. SCF Group invited a group of cadets from the Admiral Nevelskoy State Maritime University (Vladivostok) to attend the Pskov’s naming ceremony in Busan. On this occasion the training tall ship Nadezhda, a winner of the Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta-2014, sponsored by STI and Sovcomflot, made a special call at the port of Busan on her way home. This allowed cadets to attend the naming ceremony, have a tour of the new state-of-the-art LNGC and hold a meeting with SCF management and the ship’s master.

As an equal opportunity employer, SCF welcomes the fact that a significant proportion of cadets participating in the ceremony were young women, who in the future could be employed on SCF vessels. The new LNGC Pskov also has a female officer amongst her crew – the 4th officer Lyana Mitrofanova. She is a 23 year old who was born in the city of Pskov and recently graduated from the Admiral Makarov Maritime University (St. Petersburg), the former school of the legendary Anna Schetinina, the world's first woman to serve as a captain of an ocean-going vessel.

The naming ceremony was attended by: the Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of OAO Gazprom Alexander Medvedev; Sovcomflot’s COO Evgeniy Ambrosov; the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Korea Konstantin Vnukov; the Rector of the Admiral Nevelskoy State Maritime University (Vladivostok), Sergey Ogay; the Captain of LNGC Pskov, Igor Panasenko, and the vessel’s crew as well as other guests.

Commenting on the announcement Evgeniy Ambrosov, Chief Operating Officer of OAO Sovcomflot, said, “The growth of SCF Group’s LNG tanker fleet, with the addition of the modern, high ice class vessel Pskov, is a logical development of SCF Group’s Strategy, which envisages significant growth of the Group’s gas transportation business, in line with the new industrial energy projects in harsh environments.”

”We are very grateful to our partners at Gazprom for the trust they have placed in us and in return are pleased to be able to offer them our first-class LNG transportation services, guaranteeing reliable, efficient and environmentally safe shipping. We are confident that this ship will allow Gazprom to strengthen its position in the global LNG production and supply markets.

“The LNGC Pskov is named after a historic city located in the Western region of Russia, counting over a thousand years of history. The city was renowned for its significant merchant ties, serving as a gateway to the Baltic region and beyond – linking Northern Europe with the southern part of the continent and Asia.”

Nikolai Kolesnikov, Chief Financial Officer of Sovcomflot, noted, “The financing of the construction of LNGCs Velikiy Novgorod and Pskov was supported by a consortium of leading international banks from Europe and Asia – ING Bank N.V. (Netherlands), KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH (Germany) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (Japan). In 2013, the financing transaction was recognized by “Marine Money” shipping magazine as “The Deal of the Year” in the project finance category. Recently, the transaction has also been nominated for the “Deal of the Year” award by Lloyd’s List reflecting its robust structure and the credit quality of the deal and its participants. The long-term time-charter of Pskov by Gazprom will add to SCF Group’s portfolio of fixed-term LNG business and increase further its future contracted revenues.”

Maritime Reporter July 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Australian PM Promises 2500 Shipbuilding Jobs

Up to 2,500 shipbuilding jobs in Adelaide will be safe for "all time", the Prime Minister says, ahead of the expected announcement to build a new fleet of Navy ships worth $39 billion, reports ABC.

Egypt Says Finishes Work on New Suez Canal

Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said on Wednesday, a project President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and

CMA CGM to Resume Service to Iran

The world's third-largest container shipping group, France's CMA CGM, said on Monday it would resume operations to Iran following the deal between Tehran and world

Tanker Trends

India: Negative Outlook on Shipping Sector

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has maintained a negative-to-stable outlook for the shipping sector for the current financial year.   The agency expects

Tanker Retrofitted with Dual Fuel Engine

Caterpillar Marine informs it has begin a dual fuel engine retrofit conversion onboard the 472-foot Fure West tanker, owned by Furetank Rederi A/B. The MaK M 43

GasLog Orders Two LNG Carriers

GasLog Ltd. today announced that it has ordered two new 174,000 cubic meter LNG carriers from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. ("Hyundai") in South Korea.


Egypt Gets FSRU from BW Gas

Norway-based BW Gas will provide Egypt with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating import terminal under a five-year contract.   This comes as as the North African

CWind Joins National Workboat Association

Citing crew transfer services as an integral part of its offering, offshore wind industry service provider CWind announced it is now a member of the National Workboat Association (NWA) of the U.

First Vessel of New Rescue Class Launched

Global shipping and energy services firm, Craig Group, has launched its first F-Class vessel, the Grampian Fortress. The IMT 958 multi-role emergency response and


Chinese Slowdown Hitting Container Shipping

The slowdown in China’s economy poses some risks for container shipping, according to Drewry Maritime Research.   According to a new report from Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd,

CMA CGM Strengthens its Presence in Lebanon

The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Lebanese service by adding a call in Beirut on its EPIC line, joining North Europe to Indian sub-continent, and on its MEX line, joining the Mediterranean to Asia.

Pentalver Opens London Container Facility

U.K. inland container service operator Pentalver opened a new five-acre site at the U.K.’s newest deep sea container port, DP World London Gateway, the London Port Authority announced.


Chinese Slowdown Hitting Container Shipping

The slowdown in China’s economy poses some risks for container shipping, according to Drewry Maritime Research.   According to a new report from Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd,

India: Negative Outlook on Shipping Sector

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has maintained a negative-to-stable outlook for the shipping sector for the current financial year.   The agency expects

Cochin Shipyard Delivers 17th FPV for Indian Coast Guard

Cochin Shipyard launched the seventeenth in a series of tweny Fast Patrol Vessels (BY 517) being built for Indian Coast Guard, the shipbuilding company said in a press release.

Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2447 sec (4 req/sec)