SCF cuts CO2 emissions by 30 per cent with LNG-fuelled tankers

SCF cuts CO2 emissions by 30 per cent with LNG-fuelled tankers
Suezmax oil tanker SCF Surgut. Image courtesy of SCF

Since taking delivery of the first of its ‘Green Funnel’ LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers in July 2018, Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has accumulated data showing that using LNG as a primary fuel for these large-capacity tankers enabled a 30 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions compared with similar vessels powered by traditional heavy fuel.

This reduction exceeds the original design target values.

Igor Tonkovidov, executive vice president and CTO/COO of Sovcomflot, delivered a report on the first results of operating ‘Green Funnel’ series tankers while visiting Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex in the Russian Far East. Here, five similar LNG-fuelled large-capacity tankers are being built for Sovcomflot.

“It is remarkable that during the round-trip voyage from Primorsk to Rotterdam and back, an LNG-fuelled ‘Green Funnel’ tanker of Sovcomflot emits 350 tonnes of CO2 less than a similar vessel powered by a standard marine fuel. By 2023, SCF Group plans to have 11 LNG-fuelled tankers in its fleet, with five more under technical management,” said Mr Tonkovidov.

In 2018-2019, Sovcomflot took delivery of six 114,000-dwt LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers of Arc4 ice class.

During the second half of 2018, Sovcomflot placed orders at Zvezda for five LNG-fuelled tankers, which will be time-chartered to Rosneft and Novatek once delivered.