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Sovcomflot committing to LNG as primary fuel for large-capacity oil tankers

10 Feb 2020

Russian energy shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) on Tuesday (4 February) announced its plan on expanding the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as primary fuel for all of its vessels. 

Igor Tonkovidov, President and CEO of PAO Sovcomflot, on Thursday (30 January) held a working meeting with Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the IMO headquarters in London, UK.

During the meeting, Igor Tonkovidov informed Kitack Lim about the Group’s plans to reduce the impact of shipping on the environment.

He paid particular attention to expanding the use of LNG, stating the product as the cleanest marine fuel and technology currently available on the market. 

The data accumulated by Sovcomflot from operating LNG-fuelled oil tankers shows that, compared with traditional heavy fuel, using LNG fuel achieves a significant reduction in the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx), and particulate matter, he noted.

According to the Group’s statement, Kitack Lim gave a positive assessment of Sovcomflot’s efforts to introduce LNG as primary fuel for large-capacity oil tankers, and the company’s plans to further reduce vessel emissions in accordance with the IMO regulations.

“The company expects all vessels it orders to be using LNG as a fuel, except where a charterer specifically asks to do otherwise,” emphasised Igor Tonkovidov.

Meanwhile, the Group is also exploring the possibility of introducing other alternative fuels and technologies that can reduce environmental impacts.   

Sovcomflot currently has six LNG-fuelled oil tankers in operation and further five under construction.

Photo credit: Sovcomflot
Published: 10 February, 2020

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