SCF Group expands LNG fleet

SCF Group expands LNG fleet
From left to right: Grigory Aleksandrov, director of projects and business development at Sovcomflot (UK); Peter Justesen, vice president for LNG shipping at Total; Nikolay Kolesnikov, executive vice president and chief financial officer of PAO Sovcomflot; Sergey Frank, chairman of the board of directors of PAO Sovcomflot; Alexander Matanov, the vessel’s master; Fleur-Eve Durin le Foll, spouse of Arnaud le Foll and the vessel’s sponsor; Arnaud le Foll, Total’s country chair Russia and director general of Total Exploration and Production Russia. Image courtesy of Sovcomflot.

SCF Group has expanded its liquefied natural gas (LNG) fleet with a naming ceremony held on February 4, 2020 to mark the latest addition. The event was held at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ shipyard, Republic of Korea.

The SCF La Perouse. Image courtesy of Sovcomflot.

The SCF La Perouse, named after Jean-François de la Pérouse, a French explorer of the Pacific, is an LNG carrier that will operate under a long-term time charter agreement with Total.

Commenting Sergey Frank, chairman of the board of directors of PAO Sovcomflot, noted: “Sovcomflot and Total have enjoyed a strong partnership for many years, and we are happy to have an opportunity to expand this cooperation. Sovcomflot is proud that back in 2017, the world’s first icebreaking LNG carrier was named after Christophe de Margerie, the late head of Total who had made a major contribution to the development of relations between our nations. SCF Group continues to steadily grow the share of long-term LNG shipping contracts in its portfolio, as envisaged by the company’s strategy, and with SCF La Perouse delivered to Sovcomflot’s fleet, the company makes yet one more step towards achieving this strategic goal.”

Fleur-Eve Durin le Foll, the spouse of Total’s Country Chair Russia, is the vessel’s sponsor.

Alexander Matanov, the vessel’s master, added: “SCF La Perouse is a new-generation Atlanticmax LNG carrier built to the highest industry standards of safety and sustainability. The cargo capacity of the vessel is 174,000 cubic metres. The vessel features a slow-speed dual-fuel X-DF engine and gas boil-off partial liquefaction system.”

Currently, Sovcomflot has two more similar LNG carriers under construction, scheduled for delivery during the second half of 2020.