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Sovcomflot signs agreements for icebreaking LNG carrier

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LNG Industry,

SCF Group has announced that it has signed an agreement with VEB.RF Group, a Russian financial institution, for lease financing of the lead ship in a series of icebreaking LNG carriers expected to be built to serve the Arctic LNG 2 project.

At the same time, SCF Group claims that it signed a long-term time charter agreement with NOVATEK Group for this tanker.

According to the statement, the vessel will be constructed at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex in the Russian Far East. It is designed for year-round operations in the challenging ice conditions of the Kara Sea and the Gulf of Ob, and will be capable of sailing independently through ice over 2 m thick.

SCF Group claims that all LNG carriers in the new series will be operated under the Russian flag. The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) will provide technical supervision during the construction of the vessel series.

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