Science and innovation

Sovcomflot is a world leader in developing and introducing innovations for maritime transportation. The company consistently improves its use of technology and equipment, adopts best international practices, improves fleet management, and enhances knowledge management strategies for employees, both seafarers and shore-based personnel.

Over the past years, whilst implementing its fleet renewal programme, Sovcomflot has worked on the optimisation of engineering and technical solutions designed to develop the transportation component of large industrial projects, including the year-round seaborne transportation along the Northern Sea Route (Yamal LNG and Novy Port projects).

As a result, Sovcomflot’s fleet regularly sees the addition of vessels with unique technical and operational capabilities, which ensure a competitive advantage in the harsh conditions of the Arctic and subarctic seas.

Sovcomflot regularly receives national and international awards for its innovative achievements:  

Sovcomflot encourages the professional development of its personnel and welcomes further education and training programmes aimed at providing in-depth knowledge of modern technologies in fleet management. The Group’s engineering staff have highly developed scientific capabilities: currently 17 of SCF’s seafarers have completed post-graduate studies and have received a PhD in Technical Sciences.

In 2017, the company has published a unique training manual, Practical Recommendations by SCF Captains for Vessel Operations in Ice Conditions. In 2019, the second, expanded edition was published by Sovcomflot in partnership with Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping. The book has been officially recommended as a textbook for university students who study ship navigation. The book sums up the experience gained by Sovcomflot’s leading ice-navigation captains while operating vessels for large-scale energy projects such as Varandey, Prirazlomnoye, Novy Port, and Sakhalin-1. A special attention is paid to operating vessels equipped with Azipod propulsion.

Sovcomflot Group’s innovative activities are carried out in accordance with the requirements and methodological recommendations of the Federal Agency for State Property Management, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Presidential Council for the Modernisation of the Economy and Innovative Development of the Russian Federation. Priority directions for Sovcomflot’s innovative development are determined in accordance with Decree No. 899 of the President of the Russian Federation dated 7 July 2011.

The main areas of innovative activities and scientific, R&D and technological projects of SCF Group are as follows:

The Company regularly monitors and analyses the integral key performance indicator (KPI) of innovative development.  

The integral KPI includes the following four elements:

In 2018, the integral KPI of Sovcomflot’s innovative development was 114.07 per cent.