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Thursday, January 3, 2019 

Russia’s Zvezda shipbuilding complex is to build three LNG-fuelled MR takers for Sovcomflot (SCF Group).

The 51,000dwt vessels will transport petroleum products and gas condensate under long-time charter to Novatek. Each tanker will have an ice class of 1B, enabling safe operations in areas with challenging ice conditions, including the Baltic.

Using LNG fuel enables to significantly reduce emissions. Compared to engines burning standard marine fuels, LNG-powered engines release 27% less carbon dioxide (CO2), 85% less nitrogen oxide (NOx), and zero sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulates.

The technical specification of the tankers reflects the international regulatory limits on sulphur, nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions, which will come into effect in 2020.

In September 2018, Sovcomflot Group ordered two 114,000dwt LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers from Zvezda.

Sovcomflot 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 exploration and production. The company’s fleet includes 144 vessels with a total deadweight of 12.5 million tonnes. 80 vessels have an ice class.

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