French energy company Total along with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries and Russian fleet operator Sovcomflot have concluded a deal with options as the build-out continues on the next generation of LNG vessels.
As part of the global fleet expansion, Sovcomflot and Total have concluded a time-charter agreement for up to seven years for a newbuilding LNG carrier with capacity of 174,000 cubic metres to be owned and operated by Sovcomflot, with options for up to two additional vessels.
A Web conference was held to mark the event attended by Igor Tonkovidov, President and Chief Executive Sovcomflot, Thomas Maurisse, Senior Vice President for LNG at Total and Seong-Yong Park, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at HHI.
The new vessel will be the latest in a series of SCF’s new-generation conventional Atlanticmax LNG carriers, with three sister ships already in operation, the “SCF La Perouse”, the “SCF Barents” and the “SCF Timmerman”.
“The vessel will be fitted with an X-DF propulsion system, operated by a slow-speed diesel engine with a direct drive to the propellers, which will enable a substantial reduction in the vessel’s fuel consumption when compared with previous generations of LNG carriers,” the companies explained.
“The new carrier will also be fitted with a hull air lubrication system which, combined with two shaft power generators with frequency-to-current converters, is expected to deliver a further significant decrease in fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions,” they added.
Another environmental feature of this series of new-generation LNG vessels is a partial re-liquefaction system, which allows cargo boil-off gas to be returned to the tanks.
Delivery of the carrier to the charterer is scheduled for the third quarter of 2023.
“We are pleased that SCF Group’s shipbuilding programme will be supplemented with a new gas carrier that meets all the current international standards regarding environmental protection, as well as the Charterer's requirements for energy efficiency, quality and navigational safety,” said Sovcomflot’s Tonkovidov.
“We are grateful to our valued partners at Total for the opportunity to participate in this interesting project which extends further our cooperation in LNG transportation with one of the world’s leading international energy companies,” added Tonkovidov.
“The success in Total’s project tender once again demonstrates SCF’s high standards and capabilities in LNG shipping as well as with other types of energy,” stated the Russian company’s CEO.
He added that the continued development of energy transportation services that serve long-term projects provide a fixed return element to the shipping line’s business model.