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SCF AND SHELL CELEBRATE 150TH LNG BUNKERING

SCF AND SHELL CELEBRATE 150TH LNG BUNKERING

Friday, May 21, 2021 

Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and Shell recently performed a landmark 150th marine LNG fuelling operation for SCF’s ‘Green Funnel’ tankers, representing over 62,000t of gas transferred by Shell to SCF’s ‘Green Funnel’ Aframaxes since 2018.

All 150 operations have been performed safely without incident, injury or loss of fuel. The 150th operation was performed by Korolev Prospect, on time charter to Chevron, receiving 600 tonnes of marine LNG from Shell and delivered by Q-LNG 4000 outside Port Canaveral, Florida, while en route from Denmark to the US Gulf. Chevron is using the vessel to trial the viability of dual fuelled tankers for its future operations.

Sovcomflot calculates that since 2018, LNG fuel has helped reduce the total CO₂ emissions of these six ‘Green Funnel’ tankers by over 56,000t or by over 14% annually on average.

Sergey Popravko, COO PAO Sovcomflot, said: “We are delighted to have reached this 150th milestone together with our partners, Shell. LNG fuelling infrastructure expands as demonstrated by SCF and Shell with a number of firsts in North West Europe and the Baltics in 2018-2019, and more recently in the USA and Mediterranean, so we believe the business case for dual-fuelled tankers only increases further. We remain grateful to all involved ashore and at sea that all 150 marine LNG fuelling operations to date have been performed safely and securely, whether in ballast or laden condition or simultaneously with cargo operations. Ultimately, that is the real achievement.”

Tahir Faruqui, GM Shell Global Downstream LNG, said: “The shipping sector must immediately employ the cleanest fuels available. Today LNG is the choice to ensure we are not adding heavier emitters into the global fleet while we work hard at developing zero-emissions fuels. I’m proud to share that since we fuelled the world’s first LNG-powered Aframax tanker, Sovcomflot’s Gagarin Prospect at the Port of Rotterdam in 2018, we have been able to complete many more operations safely through our expanded fleet of bunker vessels that can be deployed across nine countries and thirteen ports and look forward to expanding this further.”

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