Shell Western LNG BV has signed an agreement with Sovcomflot (SCF Group) to supply LNG for the first Aframax crude oil tankers in the world to be powered by LNG.
The four ice-classed, dual-fuelled tankers will operate in the Baltic Sea and Northern Europe, transporting crude oil and petroleum products. The tankers, which are scheduled to come into operation beginning in 3Q18, will be among the first LNG-fuelled vessels with variable and flexible routes.
As part of this agreement, Shell will refuel the vessels from a specialised LNG bunker vessel that will load at the Gas Access to Europe (GATE) terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as well as a second supply point in the Baltics.
Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas and New Energies Director at Shell, said: “This is an important next step for gas as part of the energy mix […] We are proud to work with SCF Group to make these LNG-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers a reality. This is another marine segment embracing the benefits of LNG fuel, making it clear that LNG will play a key role in helping the shipping industry meet new emissions regulations.”
Sergey Frank, President and CEO of Sovcomflot, added: "SCF Group and Shell have an extensive and successful track record of collaboration and technical innovation, and at the heart of our joint aspirations is the shared desire to play a major role in delivering a cleaner and safer maritime environment. This is why SCF Group and Shell decided to pilot this breakthrough initiative to switch the principal fuel of Aframax tankers, the workhorse of the global tanker industry, to LNG."
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