Since taking delivery of the first of its ‘Green Funnel’ LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tankers a year ago, in July 2018, PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has accumulated data showing that using LNG as a primary fuel for these large-capacity tankers enabled a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions compared with similar vessels powered by traditional heavy fuel. This reduction exceeds the original design target values.
Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President and CTO/COO of Sovcomflot, delivered a report on the first results of operating ‘Green Funnel’ series tankers while visiting Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex in the Russian Far East, where five similar LNG-powered large-capacity tankers are being built for Sovcomflot.
“It is remarkable that during the round-trip voyage from Primorsk to Rotterdam and back, an LNG-fueled ‘Green Funnel’ tanker of Sovcomflot emits 350 tons of CO2 less than a similar vessel powered by a standard marine fuel. By 2023, SCF Group plans to have 11 LNG-fueled tankers in its fleet, with five more under technical management,” said Tonkovidov.
Sovcomflot is one of the world’s leading energy shipping companies, specializing in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. During the second half of 2018, it placed orders at Zvezda for five LNG-fueled tankers, which will be time-chartered to Rosneft and Novatek once delivered. In addition, Sovcomflot provides technical supervision for the construction of five LNG-fueled tankers for Rosneft at Zvezda, and it is envisaged that Sovcomflot will provide technical management of these tankers following their delivery.