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Sovcomflot expands LNG carrier fleet for more Arctic shipments

Tuesday, 18 February 2020
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Sovcomflot, the Russian shipping line with 16 LNG carriers and an overall fleet of 147 vessels, said it held a ceremony for the naming a new LNG carrier named after a French Pacific maritime explorer.

The LNG carrier is called “SCF La Perouse”, named after Jean-François de la Pérouse, a 16th century naval officer who is buried in the Solomon Islands.

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The “SCF La Perouse” is described as new-generation Atlanticmax LNG carrier built to the highest industry standards and with cargo capacity of the vessel is 174,000 cubic metres.

The vessel features a slow-speed dual-fuel X-DF engine and gas boil-off partial liquefaction system.

Currently, Sovcomflot has two more similar LNG carriers under construction, scheduled for delivery during the second half of 2020.

SCF said the vessel would operate under a long-term time charter agreement with French energy major Total, a shareholder in the Yamal LNG plant and the Arctic II project being developed by Novatek and with Japanese and Chinese investment.

The event was held at the shipyard of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea.

It was attended by senior executives of the companies involved, including: Sergey Frank, Chairman SCF, Nikolay Kolesnikov, his Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Peter Justesen.

For Total, Vice President for LNG Shipping at the French company, Arnaud le Foll, attended along with bank executives from Dutch bank ING and France’s Crédit Agricole who helped in the financing.

Fleur-Eve Durin le Foll, the spouse of Total’s Country Chairman in Russia, named the vessel.

“Sovcomflot and Total have enjoyed a strong partnership for many years, and we are happy to have an opportunity to expand this cooperation,” said SCF’s Frank.

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