Russia's Sovcomflot Receives New LNGC
Russian state shipowner Sovcomflot (SCF) has taken delivery of a new LNG carrier, SCF Barents, it said on September 15. The vessel has set sail on its maiden voyage under a long-term time charter contract with Anglo-Dutch major Shell.
SCF Barents was built at the South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard and is the second of three 174,000-m3 new-generation Atlanticmax carriers ordered by SCF in 2018. The first, SCF La Perouse, was delivered in February this year.
The vessels are equipped with advanced Mark III Flex cargo containment systems, slow-speed dual-fuel X-DF engines, and systems that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions while they sail in liquid fuel mode. They are also among the first globally to feature boil-off gas partial re-liquefaction systems, which reduce cargo losses.
SCF Barents' delivery means SCF now has a fleet of 15 LNGCs in operation, with a further 16 under construction. SCF noted that Shell was among the main charterers of its ships.
(Picture courtesy of Sovcomflot)