Gazprom Marketing & Trading’s newly delivered LNG carrier Pskov has received bunkers (Heavy Fuel Oil and Marine Gas Oil) at the port of Nakhodka in the Primorskiy Region of Russia.
This marks the first time a GM&T time-chartered LNG vessel bunkered in a Russian port.
Bunkers were provided by another Gazprom subsidiary, GazpromNeft Marine Bunker.
Upon completion of the bunkering operation, Pskov proceeded to the port of Prigorodnoye where the LNG terminal of the Gazprom-majority owned Sakhalin-2 project is located. After completing the gassing up and cooling down of her cargo tanks and loading LNG, the vessel will deliver her maiden cargo to a GM&T customer in Asia.
Nikolai Grigoriev, Managing Director of Shipping, GM&T, said, “The port of Nakhodka is an increasingly important international bunkering hub which provides cost savings and voyage optimisation opportunities for companies operating in Asia. Bunkering our time-chartered LNG/c ‘Pskov’ at Nakhodka is a milestone for the GM&T group, as it signifies our expanding shipping capability and flexibility which is particularly relevant for our future projects in the region such as Vladivostok LNG.”
LNG carrier Pskov is a state-of-the-art LNG carrier featuring membrane tanks with cargo capacity of 170,200 cubic meters, Ice2 ice class and winterisation capability and is powered by a tri-fuel diesel-electric propulsion system. She is on a long-term charter to GM&T from Sovcomflot and is the fifth in GM&T’s fleet of Ice class vessels.
Press Release, September 4, 2014; Image: GM&T