Zvezda to build LNG Aframax duo for SCF

Sovcomflot has ordered the first Russian-built LNG-fuelled tankers from Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (credit: SCF Group) Sovcomflot has ordered the first Russian-built LNG-fuelled tankers from Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex (credit: SCF Group)

Russian shipyard Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex is to build the country’s first LNG-fuelled tankers under an order from Sovcomflot for two Aframax newbuilds.

The 114,000dwt ships will feature dual-fuel propulsion using LNG as the primary fuel. The 1A/1B ice-classed vessels will be built with financing from Vneshekonombank (VEB) and will operate under a 20-year time charter with Rosneft.

Sergey Frank, president and CEO, Sovcomflot, said: “We welcome the plans of Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex to create  modern large-capacity vessels using natural gas-based bunkers as their primary fuel. I’m sure that it is with such vessels that the future of merchant shipping lies.”

The technical specification of the vessels was set by SCF with involvement from the Rosneft-controlled Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre and Hyundai Heavy Industries, which is building four similar tankers (powered by WinGD X-DF engines) at its Samho shipyard in Korea.

Frank added: “I am confident that the experience gained in the technical and commercial operation of SCF’s next-generation tankers will be in demand both with our customers and Russian shipbuilders, helping to consolidate the leadership of Russian companies in the implementation of green technologies in maritime transport.”

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