SCF Group’s (Sovcomflot) tankers have begun arctic oil transport from the Novoportovskoye oilfield in the Gulf of Ob.
Sergey Frank, president and chief executive of SCF Group (Sovcomflot) The 47,000-dwt SCF Yenisei and SCF Pechora (both built 2007) are under charter to Gazprom Neft. SCF Yenisei is currently loading, while SCF Pechora is being prepared to start cargo operations shortly, the Russian owner said.
Their voyages will include transits along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and they will also get involved in the export of hydrocarbons from the Yamal Peninsula.
Yevgeniy Ambrosov, first deputy general director of SCF, said: “The start of oil exports from the Novoportovskoye oilfield, using Sovcomflot’s ships, forms part of the company’s strategy to steadily increase the provision of transportation and logistics services supporting the largest oil deposits located in the far north of Russia.”
He said the company plans to make a number of commercial voyages along the NSR.