Steel-cutting ceremony held for new icebreaking LNG carrier ordered by SCF from Zvezda for the Arctic LNG 2 project

On 19 January 2021, a steel cutting ceremony took place for the new icebreaking LNG carrier, ordered by SCF Group from Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (Primorsky Region, Russia), for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

This is the first of 14 sister ships ordered by SMART LNG, a joint venture between Sovcomflot and NOVATEK.

The ceremony as attended by: Igor Tonkovidov, President and CEO of Sovcomflot; Evgeny Ambrosov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board – Director for Marine Operations, Shipping and Logistics of NOVATEK; Sergey Tseluyko, Managing Director of Zvezda, and Yury Alexandrov, Principal Surveyor for the Primorsk Branch of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.

Shipbuilding, financing, lease, and time charter contracts for the vessel were signed by SCF Group, NOVATEK Group, Zvezda and VEB.RF Group in January 2020. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2023. 

During the ceremony, Igor Tonkovidov noted:

“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.”

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 extensive 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.

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PAO Sovcomflot (MOEX:FLOT) is one of the world's leading energy shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas production. As of the date of this release, the Group’s fleet comprises 146 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.7 million tonnes, including vessels owned through joint ventures. More than 80 vessels have an ice class.

SCF is involved in servicing large oil and gas projects in Russia and around the world: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port; Yamal LNG, and Tangguh (Indonesia). The Group is headquartered in St. Petersburg, with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.

SCF currently has 16 gas carriers in operation, with further 18 LNG carriers under construction. The Group has been an independent owner and operator of LNG carriers since 2006 and was the first Russian company to successfully enter this premium segment of the global shipping market. Among the key charterers of SCF Group’s gas fleet are: Gazprom; Sakhalin Energy; Shell; Yamal LNG; Sibur, and Tangguh LNG.

As of the date of this release, the portfolio of shipbuilding orders placed by SCF Group at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex comprises 20 large-capacity vessels of different types, with a total deadweight of 1.86 million tonnes. This includes 15 icebreaking LNG carriers ordered for the Arctic LNG 2 project, with the lead vessel ordered in 2019 directly by SCF, and the remaining 14 vessels ordered throughout 2020 by SMART LNG, a joint venture of Sovcomflot and NOVATEK.