Russian natural gas producer Novatek is aiming to launch LNG bunkering operations in Vysotsk on the Baltic by the end of March, reports said.

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

Russian oil firm Gazprom has affirmed plans to continue creating infrastructure for producing and marketing LNG as a marine fuel, following the group’s internal review on the prospects of the LNG bunkering market.

The Tasmanic Winter has nearly finished its voyage from China to Rotterdam via the Northern Sea Route with 24 new vessels on board built at Damen yards in Changde and Yichang.

As the World Cup tournament was about to kick off at Luzhniki Stadium, Russia, the freight market seemed to be caught on with the ball watching and boasted little activity since the start of the week.

The ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Vladimir Rusanov, jointly owned by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and China Cosco Shipping has undertaken its first loading at Yamal LNG in the far north of Russia.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is looking to expand in Arctic shipping with an agreement with the Far East Investment and Export Agency (FEIA) on the development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

The first ice-breaking LNG carrier jointly owned by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and China Cosco Shipping has been named at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).

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).

Clean technology engineering firm Genoil has teamed up with two Russian institutions to design a low-cost desulphurisation project aimed at meeting the IMO 0.5% global sulphur cap regulation in 2020.

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