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Sovcomflot names latest LNG carrier

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Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has announced that a naming ceremony has been held for its latest LNG carrier, SCF Mitre, which will operate under a long-term charter to Royal Dutch Shell.

SCF Mitre is the fourth vessel in a series of Atlanticmax-type LNG carriers that have been constructed under a joint project developed by Sovcomflot and STX Offshore and Shipbuilding.

The first two LNG carriers, Velikiy Novgorod and Pskov, have been put into service on long-term contracts with Gazprom. The third LNG carrier, SCF Melampus, will also operate under a long-term charter to Shell. 

The LNG carriers have been constructed to adhere to all requirements of their charterer regarding environmental safety and energy efficiency.

The LNG carriers have a cargo capacity of 170 200 m3 and are equipped with triple-fuel diesel electric power generation systems. The ships are built to ice class ‘Ice2’ and are designed to operate at low temperatures and in harsh climatic conditions.

SCF Mitre is expected to enter service by the end of April 2015.

Sergey Frank, Sovcomflot President and CEO, said:: “SCF Group and Royal Dutch Shell have enjoyed many years of mutually beneficial cooperation, on the basis of strong bilateral relations and involving large-scale international projects. We are grateful to our respected partners for their readiness to extend our partnership in the marine LNG transportation segment. SCF Mitre is a state-of-the-art LNG carrier, one of the best in her class and with a unique design, as well as optimal technical characteristics meeting all current requirements and environmental standards.”

Sovcomflot has also commented on the significance of the names of the latest two LNG carriers, which symbolise the partnership between the company and Shell. The abbreviation SCF is combined with the Latin names of shellfish, Melampus and Mitre, that have beautiful clam-shells.

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