Russian firms Sovcomflot Group and Gazprom Neft Marine have joined hands to develop projects for LNG bunkering as part of their efforts to reduce emissions from ships.

Cosco Shipping, Sovcomflot, Novatek and Silk Road Fund have inked an agreement to set up and Arctic shipping joint venture to manage icebreaking LNG carriers.

Russia’s Sovcomflot Group has concluded a new $297m financing facility with three international banks for its two new-generation 174,000 cu m LNG carriers which will operate under long term charters to oil major Shell.

Technology group Wärtsilä is implementing a fleet operations solution catered to the sensitive Arctic waters for the shuttle tankers of Russia’s shipping firm Sovcomflot.

Russian shipowner Sovcomflot has continued its switch to using LNG as marine fuel ordering three gas powered product tankers from Zvezda shipbuilding complex.

Shell has inked charter contracts for six LNG carriers with Sovcomflot and TMS Cardiff Gas, with the latter announcing the order four newbuildings in South Korea to fulfil the charters.

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has held a naming ceremony for its new built-to-order icebreaking standby vessel, Fedor Ushakov, named after the legendary Russian naval commander Admiral Fedor Ushakov (1745-1817).

Sovcomflot (SCF) is ordering five LNG-powered aframaxes for Rosneft at Zvedza Shipbuilding Complex.

Russia’s shipping group Sovcomflot has called on the Russian government to continue its drive to improve navigational safety measures on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and for a ban on substandard ships with untrained crew sailing in the environmentally sensitive region.

Shell has signed an agreement with Sovcomflot (SCF Group) to supply LNG to fuel the first aframax crude oil tankers in the world to be powered by LNG.

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