Naming Ceremony for SCF 114K ICE 1A DF Tankers (S921 on 2018.11.20) & (S919/920 on 2018.07.25) at HSHI YardSouth Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) has completed the first construction of the world’s first LNG-fueled Aframax tanker for Sovcomflot.
Russia’s state-owned shipping company “Sovcomflot” has ordered Six (6) 114,000-dwt LNG-fuelled Ice-class Aframax tankers at HSHI in 2017 on the back of charter contracts from oil major Shell.
The vessels are due for delivery between the third quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019.
Each tanker will be 250 meters long, 44 meters wide and 21 meters tall with ice class 1A hull, enabling safe year-round export operations from regions with challenging ice conditions such as the Russian Baltic and will be in compliance with the IGF Code and Russian shipbuilding regulations.
The vessels shall be constructed under the supervision of Russian Maritime Registry of Shipping (RS) together with DNVGL with the class notation of RS such as “KM,✪, Oil Tanker, ESP, CSR, 1A(for Hull), 1B(for machinery), SPM, IWS, TMS, BWM(T), CCO, ECO-S, DE-Tier III, GFS, AUT1-ICS, OMBO, VCS”.
Shell will fuel the vessels from a specialized LNG bunker vessel at the Gas Access to Europe (GATE) terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and other supply points in the Baltic.
The use of LNG fuel significantly improve vessels’ environmental performance and meets the growing desire of customers to see their shipping requirements provided with minimal adverse impact on the environment.
Engines running on LNG release over 90 per cent less Sulphur Oxide (SOx), over 80 per cent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and over 15 per cent less Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere than engines burning standard marine fuels. In addition, the selection of the low pressure X-DF dual fuel engine for these tankers will minimize Particulate Matter emissions. Further, the engines will be fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to comply with Tier III regulations governing NOx emissions when in fuel mode.
Sovcomflot has opted for these innovative technical solutions to ensure that the new generation of Aframax tankers exceeds rather than simply complies with emission legislation and sets the standard for shipping in the environmentally sensitive regions in which the fleet operates.
The concept for these tankers was developed jointly by technical specialists from Sovcomflot and shipbuilders, including the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the technology partners of Zvezda shipbuilding complex (Primorsky region of the Russian Far East).
The concept was also developed as part of the preparation for the construction of such vessels at Zvezda. It is envisaged that by 2021 the construction of such large-capacity tankers will commence at Zvezda.