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BUILD STARTS FOR FIRST OF NEW CLASS OF RUSSIAN LNG TANKER

BUILD STARTS FOR FIRST OF NEW CLASS OF RUSSIAN LNG TANKER

Thursday, January 21, 2021 

The first steel has been cut for a new icebreaking LNG carrier, ordered by SCF Group (Sovcomflot) from Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex for the Arctic LNG 2 project, fist of 14 vessels ordered under a joint venture, Smart LNG, between Sovcomflot and Novatek.

The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2023. The delivery of this new generation of icebreaking LNG carriers, designed to the latest standards of safety, environmental protection, and energy efficiency, will help facilitate the growth of cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route and allow year-round navigation along the eastern part of the NSR, thereby enhancing the efficiency of large-scale industrial projects across the Russian Arctic.

The engineering solutions integrated into the design of this vessel series reflect SCF’s experience of safely operating vessels in challenging ice conditions, including operations serving the Yamal LNG project. Compared to the preceding generation of icebreaking LNG carriers, vessels of this new series will have increased icebreaking capabilities and manoeuvrability. All new carriers will be assigned an Arc7 ice class.

Igor Tonkovidov, President and CEO of Sovcomflot, said: “The cooperation between SCF Group, Novatek and domestic shipbuilders contributes to the localisation of new technologies for civil shipbuilding in Russia, as well as the creation of Russian serial production of state-of-the-art ships which utilise advanced technologies and engineering solutions. It is gratifying to note that all the vessels ordered by Sovcomflot from Russian shipbuilders are either purposed for transporting LNG, which is currently the cleanest-burning fuel, or designed to use LNG as primary fuel, which significantly reduces the impact on the planet's ecosystem.”

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