SOVCOMFLOT: ONE MILLION TONS OF OIL FROM NOVY PORT
Sovcomflot’s three unique Arctic shuttle tankers, of the Shturman Albanov series, have now transported one million tonnes of crude oil produced at the Novy Port oil and gas condensate field, from the Gulf of Ob (Kara Sea) to the port of Murmansk. The milestone millionth tonne cargo of oil was loaded on Shturman Albanov on 29 January 2017 at the Arctic Gate marine terminal located near Cape Kamenny (Gulf of Ob). In total, SCF tankers have completed 33 voyages with Novy Port grade oil since last autumn. The first large cargo of oil was loaded on the lead ship of the series, Shturman Albanov, on 12 September 2016. Sovcomflot’s three Arctic shuttle tankers – Shturman Albanov, Shturman Malygin and Shturman Ovtsyn – are specially designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal Peninsula (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District) to the port of Murmansk all year round. The vessels are registered under the Russian flag and have Saint Petersburg as their home port. Oil is shipped under a long-term contract with Gazprom Neft.
The tankers of the Shturman Albanov series have unique specifications. The deadweight of each tanker is about 42,000 tonnes (Shturman Albanov – 41,454 tonnes, Shturman Malygin – 41,541 tonnes, and Shturman Ovtsyn – 41,551 tonnes). All three vessels have a length of 249 m and a breadth of 34 m. The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) assigned the vessels an ice class Arc7. (Source and image: Sovcomflot – Shturman Albanov near the Novy Port Arctic Gate)