Russian Ministry of Energy Award for science and innovation

In September 2017 PAO Sovcomflot was named Laureate of the International Competition for Scientific, Technical and Innovative Projects, aimed at the development and study of the Arctic and continental shelf, which is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.

First prize was presented to the SCF team “For the development and practical implementation of technological solutions in the creation of year-round marine transportation for hydrocarbons from the Gulf of Ob”. A total of 102 projects were submitted by 68 organisations for the competition.

In 2016, SCF Group began operating three unique Shturman Albanov-class shuttle tankers, which were designed to operate in the difficult navigational and ice conditions in the Gulf of Ob and the Kara Sea (Novy Port Project). The Gulf’s waters are covered with ice from October to July; the Gulf has many shoals and areas of shallow water (up to 10 m in some areas). It was decided to create vessels with a high quality icebreaking performance and limited draft. For the first time in Russian history, it was possible to ensure year-round large-tonnage oil shipments from the Gulf of Ob.

Shturman Albanov-class tankers can break through ice of up to 1.8-metre thick at temperatures down to -45°C. They are ice class Arc7 carriers - the highest class among all existing ships. Each tanker has a deadweight of 42,000 tonnes. The ships sail under the Russian flag with theirport of registration being St. Petersburg.

Sovcomflot operates all three tankers under long-term time-charter contracts with Gazprom Neft. Their high effectiveness and the successful development of the Novy Port Project created a sound basis for the construction of another similar vessel. The order for the fourth tanker was placed by SCF Group in July 2017 for delivery in 2019.