Korea-based STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, recently held a keel laying ceremony for the LNG carrier ‘SCF Pskov, ordered by Russian shipping company SCF Sovcomflot.
The SCF Pskov, which is the second vessel being built for Sovcomflot at the STX shipyard, will be operated under a long-term agreement with global energy solutions company Gazprom Global LNG.
The first gas carrier in this series, the Velikiy Novgorod, was launched in January 2013.
These Atlanticmax Ice2 (1C)-class gas carriers have a cargo capacity of around 170,000m³ and are equipped with hardware for working in low temperature conditions. They have been designed by STX to transport gas all year round from practically any existing LNG terminals in the world, including Russia’s first LNG project, Seakhalin-11.
The latest vessel is expected to be completed in 2014.
The SCF fleet has eight LNG and LPG carriers to date, engaged in both Russian and international projects (Sakhalin-11, Tangguh). A further six gas carriers are currently under construction as part of long-term time charter agreements with the world’s largest oil and gas companies.