SCF orders gas-fuelled aframax quartet

Sovcomflot has placed the world's first order for gas-fuelled aframax tankers, with four vessels to be built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Sovcomflot has placed the world's first order for gas-fuelled aframax tankers, with four vessels to be built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries is to build four 114,000 dwt tankers - understood to be the first gas-fuelled aframax vessels ordered - for Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF).

The ice class 1A tankers, measuring 250m loa and with a beam of 44m, are scheduled to be delivered from the third quarter of 2018. Hyundai noted that by running on LNG, the tankers will emit 90% less SOx, 80% less NOx and 15% less CO2 as well as halving engine noise.

In a statement the shipbuilder said: “We believe the winning of the world’s first LNG-fuelled aframax tankers is the proof of our world’s leading eco-friendly shipbuilding technology. As the demand for eco-ships increases with tightening environmental regulations, we will further accelerate our efforts to win eco-ship orders.”

The Motorship understands that the tankers will be powered by WinGD’s X-DF two-stroke dual-fuel engines.

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