Russian shipowner Sovcomflot will favour LNG-fuelled vessels over scrubbers according to comments attributed to its President & CEO Sergey Frank.
Speaking at events in Moscow this week Frank is reported to have said that the introduction of LNG as a marine fuel is good “because in five to six years we will face restrictions on GHG emissions that will overthrow substandard solutions like scrubbers.”
Frank also told the press at the 12th Transport of Russia forum that Sovcomflot is working towards supply of MR ships powered by LNG as the main fuel with a plan to build a series of such ships. “We are holding negotiations in other segments regarding other types of ships. LNG-powered fleet will include not only Aframax tankers but also Medium Range ships (45,000-52,000 DWT) which will apply LNG as the main fuel. We are defining specifications of vessels now since they should meet a long-term vision of a charterer.”
One of the obstacles to the growth of LNG remains the lack of a bunkering infrastructure which Frank believes can eb resolved as selling LNG for marine fuel may be easier than selling to the energy sector.