On 18 August 2017, Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice-President and Technical Director of PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and Viktor Petrusevich, Head of Sovcomflot's Navigational Safety Division, delivered a report at the Russian Education Youth Forum - Terra Scientia, on the Klyazma River. The report was delivered as part of the Forum's session for young professionals in the transport sector, in which Sovcomflot is a partner.
Mr Tonkovidov informed the audience about key aspects of Sovcomflot's operations, emphasizing that the company pays special attention to the development of shipping in the Arctic. Over the past decades, SCF Group has accumulated unique expertise operating in the Arctic and subarctic seas, and half of its fleet consists of high ice class vessels.
He informed the session participants that Sovcomflot has been successfully serving three key Arctic oil-and-gas projects: Varandey, Prirazlomnoye, and Novy Port; it also serves two major Far-Eastern industrial projects: Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2. The company's Arctic and subarctic projects involve 27 vessels, including 16 shuttle tankers and three liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.
“These projects involve SCF Group's most advanced vessels, those incorporating unique technology which enables them to operate efficiently and safely in the ice-congested waters of the Arctic seas,” Mr Tonkovidov noted. In particular, SCF Group's Shturman Albanov series of shuttle tankers, which serve the Novy Port project, are capable of year-round Arctic navigation in temperatures as low as –45°С. The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) awarded this series of tankers Ice Class Arc7, the highest possible class for existing transport vessels.
Mr Tonkovidov spoke separately about the Yamal LNG Arctic project, which will soon be joined by the world's first ice-breaking LNG carrier, Christophe de Margerie. The vessel's features are unsurpassed in the world. It was awarded Ice Class Arc7, the highest possible class for existing transport vessels. The carrier is capable of navigating in ice up to 2.1 metres thick. The vessel’s official naming ceremony, which was held at Port Bronka in St. Petersburg on 3 June, was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mr Tonkovidov also revealed SCF Group's plan to switch to LNG as a fuel for its very large vessels: “We are planning to revolutionize the maritime sector by switching mass freight transportation to LNG as a new type of fuel. Its use will allow us to cut atmospheric pollution, including carbon dioxide by 15%, nitrogen oxides by 80%, and sulphur oxides by 90%.”
Another key topic addressed in Mr Tonkovidov's report dealt with personnel training and the development of maritime education, which are historically priorities for the SCF Group. “Human capital is Sovcomflot's most valuable asset,” he stressed. The company facilitates its personnel's career growth and professional development through motivation programmes and a successful in-house crew training system that employs two simulator centres in St. Petersburg and Novorossiysk. The St. Petersburg centre specializes in the advanced training of personnel for Arctic shipping roles.
Mr Tonkovidov also spoke about SCF Group's cooperation with Russia's leading maritime educational establishments: Admiral GI Nevelskoy Maritime State University (Vladivostok); Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping (St. Petersburg), and Admiral Ushakov State Maritime University (Novorossiysk). SCF Group provides sponsorship support for these universities and also organises annual traineeships and internships on its vessels for their cadets and instructors. “Another important aspect of our work to broaden understanding of the maritime professions, which we support, is the staging of regattas for large sail training ships,” Mr Tonkovidov said.
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PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) is one of the world's leading shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as servicing offshore upstream oil and gas installations and equipment. The Group’s fleet comprises 149 vessels with a total deadweight of over 13.1 million tonnes. The company is registered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai. The Group offers a wide range of vessels in the market segments most demanded by major Russian oil and gas companies. With its own technical development and unique approach to advanced technologies, Sovcomflot can meet the most demanding customer requirements, providing effective transportation for oil & gas companies.