Sovcomflot, a state-owned Russian maritime shipping company specializing in petroleum and LNG shipping, has taken delivery of its latest LNG carrier – the LNG-powered ‘Velikiy Novgorod’ – from South Korea’s STX Offshore & Shipbuilding. The ship is equipped with a diesel-electric, dual-fuel propulsion system consisting of 2 × MAN 8L51/60DF and 2 × MAN 9L51/60DF engines, offering a total rated power of 34 MW.
The propulsion facility provides the LNG carrier with low-emission propulsion system, especially when running in gas mode. It also features a high degree of redundancy, while the MAN 51/60 DF engines provide multiple fuelling options.
MAN Diesel & Turbo states that the delivery of the LNG carrier newbuilding orders mark a major milestone in its strategy of expanding its environmentally friendly dual-fuel engine technology into the marine sector. MAN Diesel & Turbo sees promising opportunities ahead in the significant LNG market.
The Velikiy Novgorod has been designed for sailing through sea ice and has an Arctic ice classification — “Ice2” according to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, with special hardware for operations in low temperature conditions.
The vessel has a total length of 300 m and a load capacity of 170,200 cubic metres of gas. It is the first in a series of ships to be built by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in South Korea and becomes the fifth LNG carrier in Gazprom’s fleet of long-term-charter tankers.
Ordered by Sovcomflot group of companies (SCF) for transportation of LNG for Gazprom group, the ship will operate under a long-term time-charter agreement with OAO Sovcomflot.
The second ship of the series, Pskov, is due to be delivered in September 2014.
“Tankers Velikiy Novgorod and Pskov allow Gazprom to increase the volume of trade seriously and reinforce its positions on the global LNG market”, said Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom Alexander Medvedev at the naming ceremony for the first vessel in January.
“We are grateful to our partners for the trust they have placed in us and are pleased to offer them first-class, modern LNG transportation services – guaranteeing reliable, efficient and environmentally safe shipping.” – Sergey Frank, President and CEO of Sovcomflot.
(Sources: MAN and Sovcomflot)