Sovcomflot (SCF), at Gastech 2017 in Tokyo, suggested liquefied natural gas (LNG) is «a promising fuel» for large-capacity vessels that will significantly increase their environmental compatibility and efficiency.
The company further asserts that «the future of tanker industry belongs to LNG-fuelled vessels.»
Sergey Frank, CEO of SCF, speaking at the event, said: «Aframax is one of the key size categories for tankers employed in transportation of liquid hydrocarbons. These are ships that are most in demand to cater for Russian oil exports.»
SCF, under its joint «Green Funnel» project with Shell Gas & Power (Shell), has placed an order for four 114,000 DWT LNG-powered newbuildings from South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
«Sovcomflot and Shell are initiating the conversion of this segment of large-capacity tankers to gas engine fuel. Sovcomflot aspires to become a leader in the global transformation of maritime transport towards more efficient and environmentally friendly systems and technologies,» said Frank.
«The market is set a new standard of navigation safety and quality, which is especially important for the operation of ships in environmentally vulnerable areas of the world ocean.»
The newbuild vessels under the SCF order, which are said to be set to become the world's 1st LNG-fuelled Aframax tanker newbuildings, will be supplied with LNG bunkers under a supply agreement with Shell.