Sovcomflot awarded by Russian Government for Arctic innovations


PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) was awarded first prize at the 2018 International Competition for Scientific, Technical and Innovative Projects, aimed at the Development and Exploration of the Arctic and Continental Shelf, held under the auspices of the Russian Government and the Russian Ministry of Energy.

The prize was awarded to a multi-institutional team “for the development of technological solutions enabling the creation of an autonomous system for reliable and safe navigation in the most challenging zones of the Gulf of Ob”. Two Sovcomflot experts, Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President and COO/CTO of SCF Group, and Alexander Olshevsky, Adviser to the CEO of Sovcomflot, were awarded for their involvement in this project.

Together with a group of experts from the Central Research Institute for Automation and Hydraulics and Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Sovcomflot staff developed an autonomous radio navigation system (ARNAS) which provides a high accuracy of vessel positioning for vessels navigating the seaway canal in the Gulf of Ob. ARNAS is envisaged to complement the global navigation satellite systems (GLONASS/GPS) currently in use, substituting them in case of a satellite signal interruption thus reducing the risk of potential emergencies.

The seaway canal is the most challenging area of the Gulf of Ob in terms of navigation. This man-made canal is unique within the Arctic, and it allows large-capacity vessels, such as LNG carriers serving Yamal LNG, to cross a sandy shoal where the Ob River flows into the Kara Sea. The canal is 15 metres deep, 295 metres wide, and 50 km long. Navigation in the canal is further complicated by a near-constant ice drift.

The award ceremony was held on 2 October 2018 in Saint Petersburg during the plenary session of Offshore Marintec Russia 2018, an international offshore and maritime exhibition and conference.

Last year, Sovcomflot was also honoured to receive the first prize in this competition “for the development and practical implementation of technological solutions in the creation of year-round marine transportation for hydrocarbons from the Gulf of Ob”. It was presented for the successful design and operation of the Shturman Albanov series of Arctic shuttle tankers for Novy Port project.

On 25 September 2018, Sovcomflot’s Arctic LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie loaded the milestone 5-millionth tonne of liquefied natural gas for Yamal LNG, at the Port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula in the far north of Russia. In August 2018, another of Sovcomflot’s LNG carriers, Pskov, successfully shipped the first cargo of LNG produced at the second Yamal LNG train, which was commissioned ahead of schedule.

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Sovcomflot Group (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 the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The company’s own and chartered fleet includes 147 vessels with a total deadweight of 12.7 million tonnes. 79 vessels have an ice class.

Sovcomflot is involved in servicing large oil and gas projects in Russia and around the world: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port; Yamal LNG, and Tangguh (Indonesia). The company is headquartered in Saint Petersburg, with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.