Sovcomflot orders LNG-powered aframax tankers

Sovcomflot

Sovcomflot has ordered two LNG-fuelled aframax tankers at the new Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex.

VEB-Leasing will finance the construction of the tankers, whilst a subsequent 20-year time-charter for them has been agreed with Russia’s Rosneft, according to a Sovcomflot statement on Tuesday.

The vessels will have a deadweight of 114,000 tonnes and a 1A/1B ice class.

These “next-generation” tankers, designed to operate on LNG fuel, will “significantly reduce emissions of harmful substances: sulphur oxides (SOx) by 100 per ent; nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 76 percent and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 27 percent, when compared with similar vessels operating on heavy fuel,” the statement said.

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