Sovcomflot LNG-fueled tankers hit one year milestone

Sovcomflot LNG-fueled tankers hit one year milestone
Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Sovcomflot)

Russian shipping company Sovcomflot said it has reached a milestone with its LNG-fueled Aframax tankers fleet as it has been in operation for a full year. 

The company has been accumulating data since it took delivery of its first vessel in the series in July 2018.

The company said in its statement the data shows that using LNG as a primary fuel for these large-capacity tankers enabled a 30 percent reduction of CO2 emissions compared with similar vessels powered by traditional heavy fuel, exceeding 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-fuelled large-capacity tankers are being built for Sovcomflot.

Tonikovidov noted that by 2023, SCF Group plans to have 11 LNG-fuelled tankers in its fleet, with five more under technical management.

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