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Sovcomflot names new LNG carrier

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Sovcomflot has announced that a naming ceremony has been held for the LNG carrier SCF Melampus.

This LNG carrier is the third in a series of state-of-the-art vessels to be built under a partnership agreement between the Russian shipping company and the shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding.

The first two LNG carriers in the series, Velikiy Novgorod and Pskov, have already been put into operation on long-term contracts with Gazprom.

The LNG carriers have been constructed to adhere to all of the requirements of the charterer on ecological safety and energy effectiveness.

Atlanticmax LNG carriers have a load capacity of 170 200 m3 and are equipped with triple-fuel diesel electric power generation systems.

The LNG carriers have the enforced ice class ‘Ice2’ and are designed to operate at low temperatures and in harsh climatic conditions. The LNG carriers are able to transport gas from the majority of existing export terminals.

Sovcomflot also confirmed that it is set to receive the fourth LNG carrier in this series - SCF Mitre – in the second quarter of 215.

Sovcomflot’s Senior Executive Vice-President, Evgeniy Ambrosov, said: “Gas transportation is a strategic priority for the development of Sovcomflot, whose specialists have the required experience and expertise in LNG shipping. SCF Group and Royal Dutch Shell have enjoyed many years of mutually beneficial cooperation, on the basis of bilateral relations as well as during large-scale international projects. We are grateful to our respected partners for the trust they have shown in operating these modern ships over the course of ten years. SCF Melampus is a high-tech LNG carrier, one of the best tankers in its class, with a unique design and technical specifications. I am sure that we will continue to provide reliable and safe LNG transportation for our charterer”.

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