Sovcomflot's first LNG carrier "SCF Arctic" makes its final voyage


The gas carrier vessel SCF Arctic has been in continuous service  for 45 years. For the last eight years she has belonged to Russia’s largest  shipping company, coming to symbolise the quality, reliability and safety of  Sovcomflot’s maritime shipping operations.

When SCF Arctic was acquired by Sovcomflot in 2006, the company was using its  own vessels for LNG transportation for the first time, in doing so breaking into  the premium market segment that had previously been out of reach for Russian  shipping companies. SCF Arctic, and its twin ship SCF Polar,  became Sovcomflot’s first LNG carriers, and to this day operate under a time  charter agreement with the company Stream LNG (a joint venture between Repsol  and Gas Natural).

These carriers have successfully shipped LNG from Qatar and Algeria to ports  in Spain and France, and from Trinidad & Tobago to Boston. They have  recently been used in the transhipment of LNG using “ship-to-ship” technology,  as part of the Escobar project in the estuary of the Parana River in  Argentina.

SCF Arctic has taken several daunting sea journeys since she was built in  1969, and has been lauded many times by the maritime community. In 1993 she was  a carrier in the world’s first sub-Arctic gas project.

In 2013 SCF Arctic’s excellent technical management led to her being awarded  a “Quality shipping XXI” certificate by the United States Coast Guard, which is  reserved only for ships that fully meet the requirements of America’s maritime  authorities on safe navigation and environmental protection. The official letter  from the leadership of the US Coast Guard notes: “This is a significant  achievement, and we applaud the efforts made by your company, and by the ship’s  captain and crew, in maintaining these high standards”.

SCF Arctic has been in good working condition for all of her 45 years – but  in recent times she has undergone significant reconditioning, and was docked  awaiting approval of her classification, which became financially unviable. Her  last journey under the Sovcomflot flag ended in the port of Durban, South  Africa.
The LNG carriers “SCF Arctic” and “SCF Polar” served as bases for  Sovcomflot to train their personnel: after gaining experience on them, several  of their crew members have taken the step up to more modern ships. In turn, the  current crew of SCF Arctic will be transferred to the ultra-modern LNG carrier  “Melampus” when it becomes part of the SCF fleet at the beginning of 2015.

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The current Sovcomflot fleet comprises ten carriers of LNG and LPG, which  serve high-profile clients from the world’s largest oil & gas companies,  including Gazprom, Sakhalin Energy, Sibur, Shell, Gas Natural, Transammonia and  Geogas. Sovcomflot’s gas carriers operate on a global scale, and serve all main  regions where LNG is produced and consumed. Sovcomflot ships are involved in  numerous Russian and international shipping and transhipping projects.  Approximately 11% of the company’s total revenue comes from gas shipping.

Sovcomflot Group’s shipbuilding programme is overseeing the construction of  three ultra-modern LNG carriers, including a pilot reinforced ice-class vessel  for the Yamal LNG project, which is planned to be operated on the Northern Sea  route. Sovcomflot’s development strategy sets out the company’s further  expansion of its LNG shipping operations, including the development of new  industrial projects. The company’s vast experience of transporting energy  resources in icy and other extreme climatic conditions allows it to provide  effective solutions to guarantee year-round supply of LNG for any type of  project.