A number of innovation solutions were used in the construction of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered Gagarin Prospect, a newbuild large-capacity Aframax tanker owned by SCF Group.
The vessel, mainly fuelled by LNG, completed construction and commenced operations on Thursday (18 October), according to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS).
It received LNG marine fuel during a ship to ship bunkering operation from the specialised LNG bunkering tanker Cardissa on 2 October – this was the LNG bunkering vessel’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to take place at the port of Rotterdam.
“The use of LNG as fuel for large-capacity tankers has become a real technological breakthrough. When constructing a state-of-the-art tanker, the most recent advances in science and technology were used,” noted Konstantin G. Palnikov, Director General of RS.
“A number of non-standard engineering solutions have been specially developed for this series of ships. The project brought together the leading world companies of designers, manufacturers of equipment and marine engineering, shipowners and classification societies.
“The work performed and the successful commencement of Gagarin Prospect tanker operation set new standards for the environmental safety of commercial shipping.”
A total of eleven 114,000 dwt crude oil tankers will be built to the RS class for different customers at shipbuilding complex "Zvezda" (town of Bolshoy Kamen) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard (Mokpo, Republic of Korea).
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Photo credit: Shell
Published: 23 October, 2018
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