STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co.Ltd. has launched the first of two ice class gas carriers ordered by Sovcomflot OJSC under a long-term agreement with Shell, Sovcomflot says. The first vessel is to be delivered in late 2014, the second one – in early 2015.
State-of-the-art gas carriers of Atlanticmax type (cargo capacity of about 170,000 cbm, ice class Ice2) are fitted with the equipment needed for operation in low temperatures that will provide for round-the-year transportation of gas from all existing LNG terminals to the global market.
As of today, gas fleet of Sovcomflot consists of 10 LNG and LPG deployed for Russian and international projects (Sakhalin-2, Tangguh). Besides, 4 gas carriers are being built under long-term time-charter agreements with the largest oil and gas companies - Shell and Gazprom.
Sovcomflot Group is Russia’s largest shipping company and one of the world’s leading shipping companies specializing in the maritime hydrocarbons transportation and supporting continental shelf exploration and oil & gas production. The SCF fleet includes 156 vessels with a combined deadweight of around 12 million tonnes. One third of them have a high ice class. The Group specialises in hydrocarbon transportation from regions with challenging ice conditions. Sovcomflot supports large-scale offshore energy projects in Russia and the rest of the world, including: Sakhalin-I, Sakhalin-II, Varandey, Prirazlomnoye, Tangguh, Escobar, and Peregrino.
The company is registered in Saint-Petersburg and has representative offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, London, Limassol, Madrid, Singapore and Dubai.