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Rosneft announces sea trials of Russia’s first LNG dual fuel Aframax ice class tankers

08 Jun 2020

Disclaimer: An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece.

Russian oil major Rosneft on Saturday (6 June) said its Aframax ice class ICE-1A tanker Vladimir Monomakh, a first in Russia that is able to consume liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a bunker fuel, has departed from the Zvezda shipyard on May 12 and is now ready for the start of sea trials.

The trials will include checking the reliability and vital functions of power plants, navigation equipment and ship equipment systems, as well as controllability, stability and other functions.

To carry out sea and mooring tests, more than 300 tons of low sulphur DMF type III bunker fuel produced at Rosneft’s Komsomolsk refinery were delivered to Vladimir Monomakh

The bunkering operation was carried out by Rosneft Bunker in compliance with all the rules of marine and environmental safety, said the company.

Vladimir Monomakh is a new generation tanker designed to transport oil in an unlimited navigation area. 

The main and auxiliary power plants of the tanker can operate on both conventional and low sulphur fuels – liquefied natural gas (LNG), which meets new international environmental requirements. 

SSK Zvezda has received orders for a total of twelve such Aframax tankers, four of which are under construction at the shipyard. 

Rosneft noted that the Zvezda shipbuilding complex is developed by a consortium led by Rosneft on behalf of the President of Russia V.V. Putin. 

To date, the shipyard’s order portfolio is 39 vessels, or 59 if it includes options on current orders. 

Photo credit: Rosneft
Published: 8 June, 2020


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