Zvezda delivers LNG-powered tanker to Sovcomflot

Russian shipbuilder Zvezda has delivered one LNG-powered Aframax tanker to owner Sovcomflot and charterer Rosneft.

Zvezda handed over the 112,650-dwt Okeansky Prospect during a ceremony on December 29, according to a statement by Russia’s largest shipping firm Sovcomflot.

Sovcomflot said this is the first out of two LNG-powered Aframax tankers the firm ordered at Zvezda for charter to compatriot energy firm Rosneft.

Zvezda is building in total 12 LNG-powered Aframax tankers, the first Russian-built Aframax vessels, and they will all serve Rosneft’s unit Rosnefteflot.

Rosnefteflot ordered ten of these ships and Sovcomflot two.

Zvezda delivers LNG-powered tanker to Sovcomflot
Image: Sovcomflot

Zvezda already delivered LNG-powered Vladimir Monomakh and Vladimir Vinogradov to Rosnefteflot.

The shipbuilder said in a separate statement on Thursday that Okeansky Prospect is the third LNG-powered tanker in this batch of twelve 114,000-dwt ships.

Zvezda is now working on four more vessels in this batch.

All of the ships feature WinGD LNG dual-fuel propulsion, meaning they can run on LNG but also on HFO.

The 250 meters long and 44 meters vessels have ice-class 1A notation, allowing them to transport crude oil during the entire year in areas with challenging ice conditions.

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