Special postage stamps mark fifth anniversary of Shturman Albanov series of Arctic tankers


On 29 July 2021, the Russian Post service issued two new postage stamps depicting Shturman Albanov, the Arctic shuttle tanker, and the Arctic Gates oil terminal (part of the Novy Port project operated by Gazprom Neft).

The stamps commemorate the fifth anniversary of the introduction of this series of 41,000-dwt MR tankers (SCF took delivery of the lead vessel in August 2016) and the inauguration of the Arctic Gates terminal. The tankers are specially built for the Novy Port project, and their design reflects the specific features of the Gulf of Ob. The introduction of this series of vessels made it possible, for the first time ever, to transport large shipments of crude oil from the shallow Gulf of Ob year-round, even under challenging ice conditions.

Today Sovcomflot operates four vessels of the series: Shturman Albanov; Shturman Malygin; Shturman Ovtsyn, and Mikhail Lazarev. Since their introduction, these vessels have safely delivered over 17 million tonnes of crude oil from the Gulf of Ob to the port of Murmansk.

The tankers of the series are assigned an ice class Arc7 and are capable of operating in the Arctic at temperatures down to minus 45 degrees Centigrade. The capacity of the propulsion system of each tanker is 22 MW. All the vessels operate under the flag of the Russian Federation, and their home port is St. Petersburg.

The special stamp issue was prepared by Marka, the state provider of postage stamps, in a continuation of the Russian Marine Fleet series launched in 2013. Each of the new stamps has a circulation of 68,000 and is priced at 30 rubles.

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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 142 vessels with a total deadweight of some 12.5 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.

The Novoportovskoye field is one of the most important oil and gas condensate fields (and in terms of liquid hydrocarbons – the single most important) currently under development on the Yamal Peninsula. Located 30 kilometres from the Gulf of Ob, the licence area covers an area of 659.62 square kilometres. Originally discovered in 1964, the absence of logistics infrastructure meant development was not, at that time, deemed economically viable. Commercial production commenced in 2016 following the installation of the Arctic Gates terminal in the Gulf of Ob.